A murder with a ghost face mask and the Scarface gang: do criminals get inspiration from films?

A murder with a ghost face mask and the Scarface gang: do criminals get inspiration from films?
A murder with a ghost face mask and the Scarface gang: do criminals get inspiration from films?
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Scream

And there are more examples. At the beginning of this century, the then 24-year-old Belgian Thierry Jaradin killed his date with thirty stab wounds because she rejected him. He did this in a similar way to the movie Scream. Jaradin even wore the well-known ghost face mask. The Belgian was sentenced to life imprisonment.

There are also perpetrators who compare themselves to Dexter. The main character from the series of the same name plays a police officer who leads a double life as a serial killer. Dexter hunts murderers who avoid punishment. A 21-year-old woman from Sweden who killed her father by stabbing him in the heart compared herself to Dexter during questioning with police.

‘Extremely scarce’

So copycat behavior exists. But professor at Leiden University Liem emphasizes that this is a rare phenomenon. “In society, we generally do not see evidence of copycat behavior in homicides.” But, Liem acknowledges: “There are examples where we have seen it. These involve a few situations.”

“We do see: the more detailed information about certain matters is reported in the media, the greater the chance that this can lead to a possible copycat effect,” says the professor. “And sometimes we see that perpetrators have collected newspaper clippings, as in films. But the number of cases in which this occurs is extremely scarce.”

The article is in Dutch

Tags: murder ghost face mask Scarface gang criminals inspiration films

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