Wyo. campus killer ‘near genius’ at odds with dad

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A relative of a man who killed his father in front of a computer science class at a Wyoming community college called him a “borderline genius” upset by the belief he had inherited Asperger’s Syndrome from his dad.

An aunt of 25-year-old Christopher Krumm, Barbara Nichols, of Bakersfield, Calif., says her nephew had trouble keeping jobs and blamed Asperger’s.

Police say Krumm shot 56-year-old James Krumm with an arrow and stabbed him in his Casper College classroom Friday. Around six students escaped unhurt, but earlier Krumm fatally stabbed his father’s girlfriend, 42-year-old Heidi Arnold, at their home.

Christopher Krumm fatally stabbed himself in the classroom.

Asperger’s is a mild form of autism not normally associated with violent behavior. Nichols says she only knew her nephew to be polite and amiable.


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