28-year-old Levi King’s two state killing spree began in Missouri in September 2005… And ended in Pampa, when he walked into a farm house in the middle of the night with an AK-47 and murdered a family he’d never met.
In the fall of 2005, a young Missouri man, 23-year-old Levi King, went on a vicious and inexplicable 24-hour killing spree, first shooting an elderly man and his daughter-in-law in the rural community of Pineville, Missouri, then stealing their truck and driving to Texas.
Dressed completely in black and toting an AK-47, King broke through the back door and immediately went to the master bedroom. He first put three bullets into the body of the home’s owner, 31-year-old Brian Conrad. He next fired two shots into Molly, the family’s dog. Then he turned his gun on Conrad’s 35-year-old pregnant wife, Michell, who was screaming. He shot her five times.
Michell’s ten-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Robin Doan, was at the end of the hallway, crouched by her bedroom door, which was partially open. She saw King walk out of her mother and stepfather’s bedroom and head her way. She ran back to her bed and pulled the covers over her head. He stepped into her bedroom, aimed his gun at her, and pulled the trigger. The shot went wide, hitting a pillow, but Robin made a grunting noise and fell to the floor, pretending she was dead. King fell for her act. He turned around, walked into a third bedroom, and shot Robin’s fourteen-year-old brother, Zach. King then walked into the kitchen and rummaged around for food before driving away.
After his rampage through the house, King had driven to El Paso, crossed the border into Mexico, and for some reason, decided to return only hours later. He was detained by U.S. Border Patrol officers who found guns in his car. After they fingerprinted him and pulled his file, they saw that he was wanted for questioning about some Missouri shootings. Within a few days, he calmly confessed to the killings in both Missouri and Pampa. He explained that he had gotten angry because his father had kicked him out of the house back in Missouri, and he had decided to go out and shoot people.
On Oct. 6, 2009, a jury sentenced Levi King to life without the possibility of parole for the murders of Michell Conrad, Brian Conrad and Zach Doan. King was extradited back to Missouri to serve his sentence.
King says, “There’s really not a day that you can wake up in here and not think about it.”
King wakes up every day in the Missouri State Prison…. In the Incentive House… A place where he’s given many freedoms because he’s behaved well behind bars. Among them…being allowed out of his cell for most of the day.
As for why he chose this small town, why he stopped on Highway 70 road, and why he murdered a family who he’d never met… King himself doesn’t have an answer.
“It’s something that I still can’t explain. You can read theories, sort of understand I guess a bit of logic and reasoning. There’s one that really resonates with me. It was an outward way of expressing something I would have rather done to myself or have done to myself. All that pent up aggression and rage. It all more or less came to the surface. One of the officers on the stand referred to it as being evil. There was a certain amount of that there… I didn’t care about them me or any of it.”
But now, five years later, King says he’s using his criminal past to help other inmate’s futures.