Watch CopyCat Killers
- 7 Seasons
CopyCat Killers is a true crime show that premiered on ReelzChannel in 2016. Hosted by Brian Stivale, the show explores real-life murder cases that were influenced or inspired by famous TV shows, movies, and books. Based on true events, the show presents a gripping and chilling account of some of the most gruesome crimes committed by people who imitated their favorite characters or scenarios from popular culture. Each episode of CopyCat Killers examines a different case, detailing the story of the murder, including how the killer came to adopt the method used to carry out their crime. The show also reveals how police officers and investigators eventually arrested the murderer, often with the help of exhaustive forensic testing. Along with Brian Stivale, the show features forensic and behavioral experts J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner and Russell Williams II. J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner, for instance, is a clinical and forensic psychologist who analyzes the killer's psychological motives, behavior, and personality to shed light on why they committed the murder. Russell Williams II takes charge of forensic analysis and delves into the crime scene looking for clues that could lead to identifying the killer. One of the cases explored in CopyCat Killers is the story of John Katehis, who was influenced by the movie 'American Psycho.' John was a high school student who loved to watch the movie 'American Psycho,' which tells the story of a wealthy New York investment banker who doubles as a serial killer. John's obsession with the movie leads him to murder a gay man named George Weber, who he met through Craigslist. John claimed that he was defending himself when George attacked him during their meeting, but forensic evidence suggested that John had planned the murder in advance. In another episode, CopyCat Killers tells the story of the murder of Brittany Jane Royal, who was killed by boyfriend Boaz David Johnson in a Killing Fields-style murder inspired by the popular true-crime show. Brittany and Boaz made the trip to Hawaii to celebrate their relationship and tour the natural wonders of the islands. Unfortunately, their idyllic vacation took a dark turn when their relationship ended with a brutal murder inspired by the cable TV show, "The Killing Fields." The episode 'Ripper Redux' explores how a man named Richard Ramirez was influenced by the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Ramirez committed a string of murders and assaults in California in the mid-1980s after becoming fascinated with the infamous English killer. Like Jack the Ripper, Ramirez targeted women and although his methods were different, the terror he caused was very similar. CopyCat Killers is not for the faint of heart. The cases presented in each episode are harrowing, and the show features real footage and reenactments of the crimes. However, it offers an intriguing insight into the human psyche and what can happen when people become too engrossed in their favorite movies, books, or TV shows. Overall, CopyCat Killers is a gripping and detailed true-crime show that offers a unique perspective on how the media can influence our behavior. With expert opinions and interviews with law enforcement officials, this series is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, and may leave them thinking twice about how popular culture affects their perspective on the world around them.