ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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There's a terrifying amount of real-life similarities to the notorious Jigsaw killings in Saw. Of course, movies adapt and change real life and nobody could be the whole entity of Jigsaw... but all the pieces are there.

A conglomeration of sick minds and terrible deeds confirm that people are capable of just about anything - even the darkness of a Saw killer.

Take a look at these real life cases...

Lethal Traps

In The Movie: Jigsaw coerces his victims into doing what he wants using deadly traps, such as a 'Reverse Bear Trap' strapped to the head.

Amanda struggles with the Reverse Bear Trap...
Amanda struggles with the Reverse Bear Trap...

In Real Life: In 2003, Brian Douglas Wells was commanded to rob a bank - with an explosive device strapped around his neck. Police suspected that Wells may have been involved in the robbery plot but that he did not realize the device was armed.

When the triple-banded collar exploded, a fist-sized hole blasted through Wells' chest, killing him.

The explosive device that killed Brian Wells
The explosive device that killed Brian Wells

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Vicious Torture

In The Movies: In Saw IV, Art Blank's spinal cord is severed.

In Real Life: Matthew Tinling murdered his roommate, using the move he'd copied from Saw to sever the spinal cord. Tinling used the torture to get his victim, Richard Hamilton, to hand over his credit card number so he could buy crack.

Murderer Tinling and victim Hamilton (right)
Murderer Tinling and victim Hamilton (right)

Police found a copies of Saw movies in Tinling's home, describing his 'intention of severing the spinal cord, thus to cause paralysis and death, exactly as [he] had seen on a DVD'.

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Targeting the Troubled

In The Movie: Jigsaw uses his own twisted logic to decide who he traps - usually drug addicts, people having affairs, and fraudsters.

In Real Life: Many killers have used cruel and judgmental reasoning for attacking people. Pathetic serial killer Cody Legebokoff targeted women and drug addicts in the way that other killers have picked on the vulnerable - often for reasons of convenience as well as twisted 'ethics'.

Killer Cody Legebokoff of British Columbia
Killer Cody Legebokoff of British Columbia

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The Doll

In The Movie: Jigsaw uses Billy the Doll as a means of communicating with and terrifying his victims.

In Real Life: Hong Kong 1999 - a woman was killed and her head stuffed inside a Hello Kitty doll as a terrifying taunt to the outside world. Three men were tried for the murder, with suspected links to the Triad gang.

A severed head was stuffed into a Hello Kitty doll.
A severed head was stuffed into a Hello Kitty doll.

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The Pieces

In The Movie: Jigsaw cuts jigsaw-shaped pieces from his victims' bodies as his 'calling card' - a brutal message to the law enforcement.

In Real Life: Stephen Marshall was nicknamed 'The Jigsaw Killer' by the press after he would cut up pieces of his victims' bodies and scatter them. Killer Luka Magnotta went a step further: he cut off pieces of his victims and sent them to the authorities as a bloody 'message.'

Stephen Marshall: 'The Jigsaw Killer'
Stephen Marshall: 'The Jigsaw Killer'

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Well, that was suitably horrifying. What do you guys think?

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Sources: The Daily Mail, The Mirror, ABC News, Globe and Mail, Wikipedia

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