On January 18, 2009, 24-year-old Kyle Morgan of Woodstock, Illinois, hosted 28-year-old Robin Burton Jr. Since Burton was a wandering, homeless gamer at the time, they hit it off right away. They bonded over their mutual frustration over the city’s limited access to illicit substances.
Morgan smashed Burton over the back of the head with a hammer and stabbed him over twenty times within a few hours, and the situation quickly deteriorated. After the murder, he attempted to flee to a nearby state but was later apprehended in Nashville. “Wanton cruelty” and “extraordinary brutality” were allegedly committed at the crime scene.
Prior to the Murder Kyle Morgan had a Long History of Mental Illness and Substance Misuse
Kyle Morgan, the killer who smeared Robin Burton’s bloodied remains over a wall, has been linked to a possible mental illness. They discovered UNO card 666 with the words “Burton” written on it on his breast.
“It is better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.”
The murder scene was so weird that at first investigators suspected Satanism and ritual abuse. Nonetheless, the trial brought to light Morgan’s protracted struggle with mental illness and substance abuse.
Morgan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after experiencing extreme changes in mood, depression, and substance addiction. Despite having multiple treatments, he had attempted suicide at least eight times since he was 16 years old. His MySpace name was “Thrill Kill Kyle,” and he was described as “true crime reading and sucking blood.” His profile was littered with images of bombs, pentagrams, serial killers, and bound women.
Morgan’s Sentence: 30 Years and Counting
Morgan had just started using Vyvanse (a stimulant used to treat ADHD) in the days leading up to the murder. Vyvanse, which can cause severe agitation and even violent outbursts, is not suitable for a person with bipolar disorder, the doctor said.
Morgan’s violent outbursts and suicidal thoughts began around the time he first took the medication in 2008. This included assaulting his then-girlfriend and jumping off a second-story balcony. The defense at Morgan’s trial said that he had an allergic reaction to his medication and was not guilty of murder.
Despite this, Morgan pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the first-degree murder charge against him. He was sentenced to five years in jail on February 22, 2009, in accordance with the conditions of his plea agreement.
After four years of appeals, on October 17, 2013, McHenry County upheld the original sentence of 30 years in prison. In addition, he ultimately extended an apology to the victim’s family:
“I wish I could change the past, I hope I have the chance to thrive in a positive way.”
The 38-year-old Kyle Morgan is a current inmate in Illinois’s Dixon Correctional Center.
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