Thankfully, real-life cases of violence purporting on-screen stimuli as a causal factor are few and far between but the following list still provides a worrying indication of just how influential on-screen violence can be when viewed by people predisposed to aggressive behavior or psychological disorders and/or afflicted by a long list of etceteras that also contribute to violent behavior.
One TV character linked to various brutal crimes is forensic bloodstain pattern analyst, Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. The most horrifying case that attracted substantial media attention was that of aspiring filmmaker Mark Twitchell in Edmonton, Canada in 2008.
Reports state that Twitchell, later dubbed “The Dexter Killer,” used fake profiles on an online dating site called Plenty of Fish to lure two men to his garage/kill room/film studio.
Whilst one of the two men escape his clutches, Twitchell murdered and dismembered the other in an attempt to film a sword-wielding serial killer movie.
Prior to the sordid events, Twitchell assumed Dexter Morgan’s identity online, openly writing about his designs to become a serial killer, and he even drew up a list of intended victims. Hall stated he “would hope that people’s appreciation was more than some sort of fetishization with the kill scenes…
I wouldn’t stop making DEXTER because someone was fascinated by it only in that way.
I try to tell myself that their fixated nature would have done it one way or the other, but it seems that DEXTER had something to do with it.
It’s horrifying.” Twitchell was convicted of his crimes and is now in prison, although it’s troubling to hear that he managed to get his hands on a 40 inch flat-screen TV for his cell and binge-watch the four seasons of DEXTER he missed during his trial.
Even more alarming is the fact that he has since tried to resurrect his film project from behind bars.
When you’re dating someone online you never know who’s from the other side of the monitor. She want to look special and ask you for help with some preparation before the date.