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On Friday — Beto O'Rourke's second day along the presidential trail — the 2020 hopeful said that "Stuff I was part of as a teenager ... not anything that I'm proud of today," referring to fiction he wrote about murdering children, Politico reports.

The intrigue: The revelation followed news that O'Rourke was once a member of a Lubbock, Texas-based hacker group called Cult of the Dead Cow.

An excerpt from O'Rourke's teenage murder writings:

“One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. ... This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams,” he wrote, according to Reuters. “As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.”

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