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10 Crimes Inspired By Movies

10) Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver is, of course, one of Martin Scorseses most celebrated works. The 1976 movie centers

around army veteran Travis Bickle, thats Robert De Niro, who attempts to assassinate

a presidential candidate that the woman he is obsessed with works for.

Just 5 years after its release, however, a man named John Hinckley Junior emulated the

role of De Niro in real life when he attempted and failed, to assassinate the then-US-president

Ronald Reagan. HIS motive was to get the attention of the woman that HE was obsessed with - actress

Jodie Foster - who by the way ALSO appears in the movie.

The parallels between the movie and the crime were undeniable - According to a report by

History.com, Hinckley had watched the movie FIFTEEN times and strongly identified with

Bickle himself. In fact, so much so that in his everyday life Hinckley began mirroring

Bickle - he wore similar clothes, drank the same peach brandy and amassed a collection

of firearms. He was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to a mental

institution.

9) Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers is widely renowned as being a movie that has inspired the most copycat

killers. The 1994 Oliver Stone film tells the story of 2 lovers who become mass murderers

and are glorified by the media.

In fact, the movie can be seen to create copycats out of copycats since the fictional murderous

couple, Mickey and Mallory Knox, are loosely based on 1950s teenage spree killers Charles

Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate.

According to The Telegraph, as many as 33 murders were dubbed Mickey and Mallorycopy

cats,’ and linked to the movie by the media. Yet the copycats most often cited as having

been inspired by the movie were then-teenage couple Benjamin Darras and Sarah Edmondson.

Just a year after its release the pair set about imitating the films murders, starting

with Darras robbing and shooting dead the owner of a liquor store. Days later Edmondson

shot and paralyzed a cashier at a convenience store. The couple then returned home and bragged

to friends about their exploits.

Fortunately, though, they were quickly arrested and jailed. Darras is serving a life sentence

and Edmondson was released on parole in 2010.

8) The Deer Hunter

The 1978 film The Deer Hunter follows the lives of 3 friends before, during and after

their service in the Vietnam War.

In one of its most memorable scenes, Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken are forced

to play Russian roulette, a game of chance in which the player points a gun containing

only one bullet at his own head and pulls the trigger - if an empty chamber is struck

everything is fine, but if the one with the bullet is struck, well, its not.

Both leading gents in the movie managed to survive the deadly game. But the same cant

be said for those who started the play the game for real when the movies release inspired

somewhat of a Russian Roulette trend.

In fact, in the 3 years that followed The Deer Hunters release, there had already

been TWENTY EIGHT confirmed Russian roulette deaths in the United States involving people

who had seen the movie. And, unfortunately, the trend never fully died. In fact, as recently

as 2015 a Chilean man tried to recreate the famous scene, yet for him too, it was an attempt

that proved to be fatal.

7) The Thomas Crown Affair

The 1999 remake ofThe Thomas Crown Affairstars Pierce Brosnan as a billionaire who

amuses himself by stealing artwork. In one famous scene Brosnan, dressed in a black coat

and bowler hat, organizes a system of similarly-dressed human decoys in order to evade detection while

stealing a painting.

Fast-forward to 2008 and a Seattle newspaper reported on the parallels between the tactic

used in the 1999 movie and that which had recently been used in bank robbery at a Bank

of America in Washington.

Prior to the robbery, the copycat criminal placed an ad for road maintenance workers

who he then paid to show up outside the bank at the exact same time - all wearing the same

characteristic workwear. This allowed the robber, who was also wearing this outfit,

to blend in with them. He then snuck up on a guard, pepper sprayed him, and made off

with a bag containing $400,000 from an armoured truck.

The tactic paid off for Pierce Brosnan as he managed to get off Scot-free. The copycat

criminals attempt, however, didnt. He was caught a year later and sentenced to 6

years in prison.

6) The Matrix

Hardly with a need for introduction, 1999sThe Matrixposits that reality, as we

know it, is simply a computer-generated illusion and that the real world is very different

from whats around us.

To us, of course, its simply the concept of the movie but to others, well they think

its a reality. By stating their strange beliefs aboutThe Matrixas evidence

of a mental disorder, two notable criminals have successfully been found not guilty of

crimes by reason of insanity.

The first of these was a man who murdered his landlady in 2000. Upon his arrest he said

that he was living in the virtual reality of The Matrix and that his landlady had therefore

never been a real person at all.

The second case was that of Tonda Lynn Ansley. In 2002 she was convinced that HER landlady

was trying to brainwash and kill her, so she shot her dead. Hmm, Im starting to notice

a proprietor-related theme here. Anyway, Tondas defense was that she believed the killing

of her landlady hadnt been real but instead a bad dream.

5) Saw

If youve ever seen one of the 8 movies that make up the Saw franchise, then youll

know about the killerJigsaw’, who forces his victims to play horrific games in a bid

to stay alive.

But for a 52-year-old woman, rather than being part of the movie franchise, the threat of

these games was, in fact, a reality. In 2007, 2 teenage girls from Tennessee left the woman

a prank voicemail on her phone recorded in the gruesome Saw style. It firstly delivered

the iconic and chilling lineI want to play a game. You need to decide if life is

worth living for’.

The cryptic message then proceeded to inform the woman that her friend was trapped inside

her house. Not only that, but that a toxic gas would fill her home in ten minutes which

would rapidly kill them.

In fact, the woman was so terrified she suffered a stroke while listening to the prank phone

call and had to be rushed to hospital. Fortunately, she turned out to be OK which is more than

can be said for the two girls who were charged with phone harassment.

4) Friday The 13th

In hit horror movie franchiseFriday The 13th’, teenagers camping by Camp Crystal

lake become the victims of a crazed serial killer. The 12 movie franchise proved to be

quite the hit in cinemas, collectively grossing over $380 MILLION. But they ALSO proved to

be quite the hit with a man named Daniel Gonzalez, being some of his favourite movies.

While some may aspire to be doctors, lawyers or actors, Daniel Gonzalez had his eyes set

on a very different path - He aspired to be a famous serial killer after watchingFriday

the 13thandA Nightmare on Elm Street’. So much so, that in 2004, he decided to emulate

his idols, the villains from those movies, and went on a 3-day killing spree in London.

Gonzalez killed 4 people and injured 2 others while wearing a hockey mask, much like that

ofFriday the 13thkiller Jason Voorhees.

Of course, Gonzalez was soon caught and arrested for his brutal crimes. When questioned, he

told police that he wondered what it would be like to be Freddy Krueger for a day. Just

a few years later, in 2007, he took his own life while serving a life sentence in a psychiatric

hospital.

3) The Town

Adapted from Chuck Hogans novel Prince of Thieves, The Town is a 2010 American crime

thriller. Starring Ben Affleck, it follows a group of serial bank robbers who attempt

to rob the baseball ground Fenway Park.

The robbers managed to evade detection by using clever disguises to cover their tracks.

The mastermind cover during these heists? Some very unholy nun outfits and latex masks.

In fact, the creepy costumes worked so well in the movie that the robbers were able to

get away with millions.

Then, just a year later in 2011, it seemed a couple of robbers thought they would try

their luck using this tactic at a bank in Chicago. The copycat pair, dressed in nun

habits and masks undeniably similar to those in the 2010 film, pulled out guns and forced

bank workers to hand over $120,000.

Then in 2017 it happened all over again when 2 women dressed in nuns habits tried to

rob a bank in Pennsylvania. This pair, though, didnt invest in the iconic masks - which

maybe was how they ended up being caught just a year later.

2) Project X

Project X follows the story of 3 high school seniors who throw a birthday party to make

a name for themselves. As the night progresses, however, things spiral out of control as word

of the party spreads. Despite showing all of this, and the pretty dire consequences,

it STILL didnt deter people from throwing their own Project X style parties following

the movies release.

In Michigan, one such party attracted 2,000 people after being advertised on social media

in invitations titled asProject P - Dannys Bday’. Despite the sheer number of people

totally causing havoc, the bigger problem in this case was that most of the partys

guests were under the age of 21. Authorities dispatched medical units to the scene to treat

multiple patients with alcohol and drug related injuries and overdoses they had sustained

from the party.

Meanwhile in 2012 police arrived to shut down a rave in Houston emulating the movies

ultimate party’. Again, it had been plastered all over social media, attracting 1,000 people.

When the authorities arrived, however, some rebellious partygoers opened fire, leading

to the death of one of the guests.

The Dark Knight

Any fan of the The Nolan trilogy will be all but too familiar with Gothams resident

psychopath, The Joker. In 2008s The Dark Knight, of course, the enigmatic serial killer

clown infamously goes on a killing spree, blows up a hospital and rigs a couple of ferries

with explosives, planning to kill those onboard. So yeah, like I said, a psychopath.

Fast-forward to 2012 and 24-year-old James Holmes entered a movie theatre in Colorado

during a midnight screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises'. He, however, wasnt there for the

screening, but rather to emulate a role from the trilogy...

He set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple guns. 12 people

were killed and 70 others injured. At the time, the attack had the largest number of

casualties in one shooting in modern US history.

When the police caught the criminal, they noted his brightly dyed hair which was similar

to that of the franchises villain. But then all possibility of coincidence was blown

out the water when Holmes later told questioning officers that he wasThe Joker’. He was

found guilty of all 164 counts against him, including murder and possession of firearms,

and sentenced to life in prison.

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