Could The TV Show Criminal Minds Be Influencing Real-Life Un-Sub's?

Canada
May 31, 2012 1:57pm CST
I had not heard of some of the most heinous crimes until I started watching Crimminal Minds. Hard to believe some thing sare even possible. A couple of years ago here in Canada someone was beheaded on a bus, by a schitzophrenic. Now in the past week or so, someone in the States under the influence of someone, attacked someone, and ate mostf his face. Now here in Canada someone was dismembered, and the varous body parts are being mailed to the headquarters of the various political parties in Ottawa. What's going on? I've heard of murders before, and they're bad enough, but what's going on? Are these new criminals getting ideas from shows like Criminal Minds? My husband and I are both wondering.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
31 May 12
I personally think that the media has a lot to answer for when it comes to sick people getting new ideas. Getting airtime or column inches means publishing gruesome details, and if someone is that way inclined already then being exposed to that sort of thing could provoke them to even more heinous acts. I remember a relative of mine attending a seminar on child abuse as a compulsory part of their childcare licencing. They said the would never have imagined some of the things the seminar showed them. So if someone who attended that seminar was already a little warped, they'd have come away with a whole range of new ideas. That can't be right.
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@AmbiePam (46383)
• United States
31 May 12
No, that dude was high. And homeless. I don't know if he'd ever seen Criminals Minds. I had to quit watching that show because it was bringing me down.
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@AmbiePam (46383)
• United States
31 May 12
Now if that guy had been straight, and not high and then done that, I could totally see him being influenced by something like that.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
2 Jun 12
no, schizophrenia is a mental disorder, people are completely out of touch with reality. They hear voices, they see things other people don't see (hallucinations) and they have bizarre thoughts and ideas (delusions) whether the show existed or not would not make a difference.
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@freymind (1352)
• Philippines
9 Jun 12
They could be influenced in a way but I think the people who've done all of these crimes are just whack in the head and are really sick. I mean if you are a normal person watching this show will not affect you to kill someone.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
1 Jun 12
Cannibles have been around for centurys...so have serial killers such and several have done totally hanious crimes....who knows they probably don't even watch tv....so I don't think you can blame it on that.....blame it on someone being seriously mentally ill.
@BarBaraPrz (18014)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Jun 12
You might be on to something. I remember when 21 Jump Street started filming in Vancouver in the 80s, gang activity went up, too.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
1 Jun 12
It is not Canada alone. All over the world cruelty is growing up. Addicted son is killing his parents for money. This is happening in our country. Criminals are are cutting pieces of human bodies. Every morning we read such news of cruelty. Humans are becoming beasts. I think beasts are better than humans. A tiger does not kill another tiger. But humans do that. The trend is very dangerous.