Growing Crime Excuse: A Movie Made Me Do It

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When Tonda Lynn Ansley confessed to shooting her landlord on a crowded Ohio street, she cited the movie “The Matrix” as evidence the killing was “morally right.”

Whether as inspiration or evidence of insanity, movies have been cited by suspects as diverse as John Hinckley Jr., who said he tried to assassinate President Reagan after watching “Taxi Driver,” to accused sniper Lee Malvo, who cited “The Matrix” in his statement to police.

Studies suggest as many as one-quarter of juveniles involved in criminal cases now cite films, video games, or songs to explain their crimes, a Seattle criminal justice professor tells the Christian Science Monitor.


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