An Indiana teen is charged with a string of real-life murders supposedly inspired by horror movie The Purge, ABC News reports. Johnathan Cruz, 19, is accused of conducting a "four-day purge" through Indianapolis from May 12–15.
During this time, three men were robbed and gunned down in attacks that seemed completely random. Texts recovered from Cruz's phone include one which read:
I Purge every night now .. since im dieing someone else Has to [sic].
The case bears a startling similarity to a set of (hopefully joke) posters that appeared in Louisville, KY in August 2014, advertising a real-life Purge —12 hours in which all crime, including rape and murder, is legal. Cruz's case is still in progress and, if found guilty, there will be no Purge-like reprieve: A sentence will be carried out.
It's unfortunate that one disturbed individual has used a movie as an excuse for his own reprehensible actions. For the 99.999% of America for whom movies are simply a bit of fun escapism, The Purge 3: Election Day is released July 1, 2016.
Source: ABC News