WARNING: If you are mentally ill do NOT go see “The Matrix.”

According to this Washington Post article there are quite a few people who are several cards short of a full deck committing murders because they believe they are in “The Matrix.”

And the judges seem to be buying it.

Josh Cooke wasn’t merely a fan of the hit movie “The Matrix.” He believed he lived inside The Matrix, his lawyers say.

The 19-year-old had a huge movie poster hanging in his Oakton bedroom and a trench coat like the one worn by Neo, Keanu Reeves’s character. He bought a 12-gauge shotgun, similar to one of the weapons Neo uses to fight the “agents” in the movie.

And on Feb. 17, Fairfax County police say, he walked into his family’s basement and shot his father seven times with the shotgun and his mother twice. He then called the police—twice—to calmly report the killings.

Aside from Cooke the others claiming “The Matrix” as their motive for killing someone include a woman in Ohio this past week who killed her landlord, a man in San Francisco and killed HIS landlord as well as serial-sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo (who shot a number of people, but not his landlord).

Hmmmm. I don’t recall landlords being a particularly evil part of “The Matrix” myself so one has to wonder why they’re getting it so rough from the crazy people.

Anyway, if you’re crazy then don’t go see “The Matrix” as we don’t need any more killings. OK?

4 thoughts on “WARNING: If you are mentally ill do NOT go see “The Matrix.”

  1. peopel will use anything as a defense to murder someone. Can’t we just say they are crazy rather than blame movies, music and my personal fave, god.

  2. See how you are?  Just so thoughtful.  I never would’ve thought to warn the crazy people.  What a guy! wink

  3. Reminds me of when D&D was being blamed for everything. My mom wasn’t thrilled, but I told her plain and simply that we weren’t sacrificing virgins to the goat-footed Ggod of Wanton Destruction.

    I didn’t tell her that we were sacrificing them to the Beast That Shall Not Be Named….


  4. Kat, that’s one thing that I did find unique about the article I linked to was the fact that it’s one of the few times when the writer wasn’t trying to blame the movie for the actions of the crazy people. I’ve said for years that if someone is borderline then just about any kind of entertainment be it a book, movie, song, role playing game or what have you can push them toward doing terrible things. This is the first article I’ve seen that pretty much says the same thing.

    Leigh, I’m just doing my part to reduce the carnage. grin

    Scott, well of course you didn’t tell her that. What she doesn’t know can’t hurt her…


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