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Continued: Aug. 15: Real horrors captured on video intrigue teens

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 9, 2014 - 9:14 PM

‘Why are kids doing this?’

The LaDues say they never knew their quiet, seemingly nonviolent son was watching gory execution videos. They knew he played video games and they knew he watched YouTube. He didn’t have a smartphone. They used to check his computer history, though, and saw no evidence of the disturbing content. Now, they said, they understand John LaDue was adept at hiding his dark obsessions.

“It was very disturbing to hear the kid we knew … say, ‘After I watched these, I started to actually like them,’ ” David LaDue said.

They want other parents to know how easily accessible it is, they said.

“I want to be clear,” David LaDue added. “I don’t think it excuses anything, but lord help me, why are kids doing this?”


Pam Louwagie • 612-673-7102

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