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Comment: Received an email from a friend about a family playing in a park.
As father followed his child playing about, the mother sat on a park
bench. A distraught man was crying for his daughter. The mother began
looking and calling. Then the man, bent over in grief, showed her the lost
child's teddy bear. As the woman bent over to look, the man punched
her,dragged her into the woods, killed her, and later put her body into
the trunk of his car. He took the body to another remote area, buried her
up to her neck, and visited her every day to brush her hair and put
lipstick on her.
This is supposed to come from a TV show that was based on a real
incident. True?? It seems to me to be only another legend made up to make
people scared to help anyone.
What is your take on this?

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Seems plausible to me. Why not?

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Criminal Minds, episode " The Last Word," airdate November 15, 2006.

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Strange,

It's a widely accepted theory that fictional crimes in TV shows and movies can (I say *can*) inspire "copycat" crimes in real life.

What we see more and more is fictional crimes in TV shows and movies presented as facts on the Internet.

While I can figure out the first case (deranged criminals being fascinated and re-creating what they saw on TV), I really wonder about the motivation behind the second.

The satisfaction of telling a good, if tall, story ?

Or just the will to spread fear and insecurity ?

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Possibly people see (or hear about) the show, then later on the forget the source but remember some of the details, and confuse the fictional cases with reality.
There's no need to assume malice when ignorance is just as likely.

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quote:
Originally posted by evilrabbit:
There's no need to assume malice when ignorance is just as likely.

That's a great saying. I agree, most of the time. [Wink]

I didn't think Criminal Minds was one of those "Ripped from the Headlines" tv shows like Law and Order is, but maybe they did for this one.

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TV.com has an Ask Writer Jim forum for Criminal Minds. I was going to ask if this episode was based on a specific real-life case, but I'm only a level 1 user and can't use the boards yet. So if anyone else has an account there, you can ask him.

(And let me take this opportunity to thank snopes for making this message board easy to work with. I didn't mind having to wait a few days to get my registration approved here, but with TV.com who knows how long it will take till I'm a level 2. [Roll Eyes] )

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Keep in mind, when a TV show/movie says "inspired by/based on true events" they're taking as much license as they want. I mean, just one element of a true story can "inspire" a whole new fictional story. For instance, someone's death could be the only thing that "inspires" the story. Not even the circumstances surrounding it, just the death itself.

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quote:
Originally posted by Flowy Chloe:
Seems plausible to me. Why not?

The main point of implausibility to me would be the details known only to the killer. The woman was killed almost imediately in the story, no one else would have seen the sucker punch and dragging off or it would have been a much shorty story, and how would anyone know exactly what he did every day that he visited? Since I can't imagine a lot of circumstances where it would be advantageous for a killer to volunteer these sort of creepy/damning insights, I assume it to be on the long end of "dramatised" or flat out fiction.
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