The suspect in the killings of two Florida national forest campers financed his plot with money he received from a state program that supports former foster children, says the Orlando Sentinel. Investigators said they are checking to see whether suspect Leo Boatman, 19, may have gotten ideas for the slayings from two movies, The Silence of the Lambs and Cape Fear, found in the mobile home he shared with his uncle. Boatman, who spent part of his childhood in and out of foster care, is accused of randomly picking two college students and fatally shooting them with an AK-47.
Gerard Glynn, a law professor at Barry University in Miami Shores and a child advocate, said stories like Boatman’s should push officials to take a close look at how they prepare foster children for adult life. “This is a sign that these kids coming out of foster care are leaving the system with a tremendous amount of baggage,” Glynn said. Boatman’s mother died when he was 10. His father was never around; he had a lengthy criminal record that landed him behind bars. A friend told authorities Boatman spoke of watching Jodie Foster running in the woods in The Silence of the Lambs.