Inspired by a fake story

Sometimes truth can be stranger than fiction and other times it is that very fiction which inspires all too real dastardly deeds. You may be familiar with films inspired by true crime such as Cannibal (2006) which was about German internet cannibal and killer Armin Meiwes and Karla (2006) which focused on the tawdry and terrible crimes of serial killers Karla Homolka and her husband at the time Paul Bernardo, but what about films that actual true criminals like? This list highlights crimes inspired by film as well as films favored by murderers.

*Matamoros NarcoSatanicos- The Believers (1987) The creepy flick with African based sorcery at its core starring Martin Sheen and Jimmy Smits was reportedly screened for potential recruits of the cult by an enthusiastic believer herself, Sara “La Madrina” Aldrete . The cult, led by Adolfo “El Padrino” Constanzo, went on to torture and sacrificially murder 13 people. Aldrete, who resides in a Mexican prison has since gone on to write a bestselling book about her time in the cult and make art. Constanzo ordered a loyal follower, Alvaro “El Duby” de Leon to execute he and Martin Quintana, a lover/loyal follower as authorities closed in on his Mexican hide out.

* Richard Ramirez- The deceased serial killer, rapist and burglar was very much a fan of the skin suit making, woman in a well keeping, dancing while tucked serial killer “Buffalo Bill”(played by Ted Levine) from Silence of the Lambs (1990). During an interview with a popular newspaper the serial killer admitted;”That guy on the show “Monk”, I really liked him in “Silence of the Lambs” and also stated just months before his death that he was particularly fond of one infamous scene from the film; ‘That scene where he says, “It rubs the lotion on its skin,” I really like [it].”

* Sarah Edmonson & Ben Darras- The drugged out teenage couple repeatedly watched Natural Born Killers (1994) before taking off on a Southern fried crime spree that left Bill Savage dead in Mississippi and Patsy Byers paralyzed in Louisiana. In 2010 after serving 11 years on a 30 year prison term, Edmonson, the daughter of an Oklahoma supreme court justice and niece of the state attorney general has been released from the Louisiana women’s prison where she was being held and ordered to serve her parole in Oklahoma. Her partner in crime, Darras, who is not from a politically connected family still remains in a Mississippi prison.

* Allan Menzies- The Scottish murderer watched Queen of the Damned(2002) more than 100 times and was convinced that Akasha (played by the late Aaliyah) ordered him to kill. He brutally murdered his best friend Thomas McKendrick and drank two cups of his blood and ate a fragment of his skull after Mckendrick (who actually loaned the film to him) insulted his belief in vampires and made a tasteless sexual comment about Aaliyah. Menzies told his lawyer, “He should never have insulted my bird.”

*Lee Boyd Malvo- The surviving half of The Beltway Snipers serial killer duo, was obsessed with The Matrix (1999). He and father figure serial killer John Allen Mohammed (who has since been executed) claimed ten lives. In hundreds of drawings and notes Malvo wrote about “Freeing yourself from The Matrix”. Malvo even told officers that if they wanted to understand him they should watch The Matrix. In jail, dialogue from the movie written on pieces of paper were found in his cell.

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