List of Alleged “Natural Born Killers” Copycat Crimes
List of crimes that were believed to have been influenced by the 1994 film, Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.
Natural Born Killers - The story about two victims of a traumatic childhood, who become lovers and mass murderers, and are irresponsibly glorified by the media.
A FEW MAIN COPYCAT CRIMES:
Sarah Edmondson and Benjamin James Darras - On March 5th, 1995, Sarah, 19, and her boyfriend, Benjamin, 18, spent the night at a cabin owned by Sarah’s family in Oklahoma. They watched “Natural Born Killers” that night. Two days later they were supposedly headed to Tennessee to see a Grateful Dead concert. They arrived in Mississippi on March 7th. Benjamin shot and killed a cotton mill worker. He shot him twice in the back of the head. He then took a piece of blood soaked fabric from the victims clothes and kept it as a trophy. The next stop was Loiusiana, where Sarah shot and killed a store clerk. The victim survived but is paralyzed for life. The first person that the couple killed, William Savage, happened to be a friend of Bestselling Author, John Grisham. Grisham has publicly called out Oliver Stone for being irresponsible in releasing a movie like that. Sarah served 12 years in prison out of a 30 year sentence and is now out on parole. Her parole won’t end until 2025. Benjamin is serving two life sentences in a Federal Prison.
Heath High School Shooting, carried out by Michael Carneal - 14 year old, Michael Carneal, went to his school armed with 7 different weapons. He opened fire on a prayer group using a handgun. Three kids died and 5 others were injured. After that, Carneal surrendered to the Principal. He was given an initial sentence of 3 life sentences plus 150 years. After an appeal, his sentence was changed to life in prison without parole. In April, 1999, the same time period of the Columbine shooting, an Attorney for the murdered children’s parents, filed a lawsuit that included Time Warner, Island Pictures, Polygram film, Nintendo, New Line Cinema, and Sony Computer Entertainment. The Lawyer argued that films like Natural Born Killers, and The Basketball Diaries, along with games such as, DOOM and Mortal Kombat, influenced Michael and the companies should be held responsible. The case was dismissed.
Columbine High School Massacre, carried out by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - On April 20th, 1999, two seniors, killed 12 students, a teacher, and then themselves, at their High School in Littleton, Colorado. It was no secret that Natural Born Killers was one of their favorite movies. They even nicknamed the shooting “NBK” which stood for Natural Born Killers. During one of their final videos, called The Basement Tapes, the boys talk about how Hollywood would make movies about them, and they talk about Stephen Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino being good choices to direct the film. Quentin Tarantino created the story for Natural Born Killers.
OTHER INCIDENTS THOUGHT TO BE INFLUENCED BY NBK:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2008 - Boy kills his girlfriend (both 18 years old) by strangling her. He had been watching NBK before bed. He told cops he had seen the movie between 10-20 times.
Chicago, Illonois, 2001 - Man gets kicked out of a bar for harrassing female patrons, he goes up, suits up in military gear, shaved his hair into a mohawk, gets two shotguns, and 200 rounds of ammunition. He goes back to the bar and opens fire on everyone inside. Witnesses say that he was shouting “I am the king” and “I am a natural born killer” during the shooting.
Jacksonville, Florida - A couple, both 27, shot and killed their roommate and then set the place on fire. They had tried to steal the roommates debit card, when he put up a fight, they decided to kill him. They claimed to have watched Natural Born Killers the night before the murder. Prosecutors argued that the murder they committed was similar to a murder committed in the movie.
Avon, Massachussetts, 1995 - Two men (18,20) killed a handicapped 65 year old man. They had stabbed him 27 times while he was sleeping in his bed. The attack was so brutal that both of the man’s wrists were broken due to the force. After the murder, one of the men confessed to his girlfriend. When she expressed how horrified she was, he said “ Haven’t you ever seen Natural Born Killers” before”?
(Not a complete list. You can find the rest here)