When real-life crime and movies are mentioned in the same breath, the subsequent moral outrage usually falls on horror or gory action movies.
For instance, not long after the Columbine tragedy of 1999, many talking heads blamed the shooting on everything from Marilyn Manson to the action flick Natural Born Killers.
Two decades earlier, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange was pulled from theaters in the United Kingdom after a series of murders, beatings, and rapes that were copied straight from the film.
The very first film to have ever inspired real-life terror was the Lon Chaney spooktacular London After Midnight. Apparently, a Welsh laborer named Robert Williams murdered an Irish housemaid named Julia Mangan after seeing the now lost film in London. During his trial, Williams claimed that the film, which is about a detective who dresses up like a vampire in order to solve a murder, drove him temporarily insane.
Now one New York couple is claiming that a highly praised drama film pushed them to murder their son.
On February 28, 2017, 16-year-old Jeremy Franklin was murdered by his adoptive parents Ernest and Heather Franklin. The crime scene closely mirrored the fire depicted in the film Manchester By the Sea.
In the film, Lee Chandler (played by Casey Affleck) has to come to turns with the fact that the fire he accidentally started killed his children.
After watching the film, the Franklins murdered their son (who had special needs) and set their house on fire to cover up the original crime.
The GoFundMe page set up by the killer couple allegedly grossed $11,000 before authorities shut it down.
The Franklins are currently facing up the 25 years in prison.
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