Most people know that Halloween is the greatest horror movie ever made, but know that you can't actually be Michael Myers. At least, most people know that. Because the dark side of society is very real. The part of society that's filled with people who take inspiration from madmen like Leatherface or Chucky. Don't believe me? Read over these next five real life murders that were motivated by your favorite horror icons.
1. Freddy Krueger Inspired Me To Do It
The first case on this list is about a man named Daniel Gonzalez who was inspired to kill after watching 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'.
In 2004, the paranoid schizophrenic went on a drug-fueled rampage and murdered four random people, including a doctor and his wife. Gonzalez armed himself with several knives and acted out a Freddy Krueger-like spree. Official reports claimed that Gonzalez did not receive proper treatment for his mental condition - Criminal Justice Degrees Guide
2. Michael Myers Inspired Me To Do It
Michael Myers seems to strike a special chord among serial killers because there have been a handful of murders inspired by this madman. Dating all the way back to 1981 with murders inspired by 'Halloween II'.
Richard Boyer was convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to death in 1984 in the killings of Aileen Harbitz, 68, who had been stabbed 19 times, and her husband, Francis, 67, who had been stabbed 24 times.
The case was dubbed the "Halloween II" murders because Boyer, while admitting the crime, blamed his actions on a drug-induced flashback to a stabbing scene in the horror movie. Source - Los Angeles Times
The next big case inspired by Mike was back in 2007 for murders inspired Rob Zombie's remake of the original classic 'Halloween'.
"I started watching Rob Zombie's ‘Halloween.’ In the movie a 12-year-old boy murders his stepfather, sister, and his sister's boyfriend. It was the third time this week that I watched it," Jake Evans, 17, wrote in a 4-page confession Oct. 4, the day after the killings.
"While watching it I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward. I was thinking to myself, it would be the same for me when I kill someone," Source - Daily News
3. Ghostface Inspired Me To Do It
The kids inspired by this Horror icon were looking to take things a bit farther than usual. Take a look.
Wes Craven’s slasher movie series Scream was the inspiration behind the murder of Gina Castillo by her 16-year-old son and his 15-year-old cousin, Samuel Ramirez. The two teenagers confessed to the gruesome murder of Castillo and admitted that they did it because they needed money to fund a murder spree that would reenact the story line of the first two Hollywood Scream movies. In order to follow the Scream story line, the teenage boys planned to buy the ghost-face mask and electronic voice boxes that are seen in the movie. Source - Criminal Justice Degrees Guide
4. Chucky Inspired Me To Do It
You would never think this three foot doll could be the inspiration for a horrific murder right? Check this out.
Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were 10-years-old when they kidnapped and brutally murdered 2-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool, 1993.
Thompson and Venables were supposedly inspired by the horror film Child’s Play 3. The killer doll movies caused a great deal of controversy in the United Kingdom, as well as a public outcry for tightening “video nasties.” Source - Criminal Justice Degrees Guide
5. Jigsaw Inspired Me To Do It
Although the kids in this case didn't intentionally murder anyone, it still shows the importance of not taking these horror icons too seriously.
The Saw horror movie series was the inspiration behind a cruel prank that turned into a serious matter for two teenage girls in Winchester, Tenn. The teenagers used the Saw plot of making victims play games to stay alive by leaving a gruesome message on 52-year-old Beverly Dickson’s phone. They told Dickson that one of her friends was hidden in her house and it would be filled with toxic gas shortly. They asked if she wanted to live or die. Dickson got the message while attending a funeral and suffered a stroke from the frightening incident. The two 13-year-olds responsible for the prank call were charged with phone harassment.
Source - Criminal Justice Degrees Guide
The moral of the article is to NOT seriously imitate these Horror icons. Seriously.