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Murderers Cite Resident Evil As Influence For Brutal Crime

Maybe it was bound to happen. I still remember when a rash of violence broke out with people citing "Natural Born Killers" as a reason for the crimes.

Now, as reported at MMOGameCentral, a UK newspaper published in Norfolk has told the story of a trio of murderers mentioning the survival/horror franchise, Resident Evil, in association with what the judge called a "sadistic" crime.

Andrew Brown, 42, Ricky Roys, 20, and Helen Cooke, 19, pleaded guilty to the murder of 44-year-old Derek Blake, who was found in the tub at his apartment in Great Yarmouth on May 24. Each of the guilty will serve a minimum of 18 years, and one of the killers apparently compared the alcohol-infused attack to Resident Evil. The murder included acts of violent mutilation and torture using a claw hammer and a boning hammer, and Judge Peter Jacobs said:

"This was a murder involving sadistic conduct. This went far beyond a punishment beating and the infliction of this many injuries confirms you intended to kill him."

This is just another black mark for the game industry but these days, any form of violent media is fair game for those seeking a reason or excuse. I won't get involved in the debate; I'll just say this- While I'm an advocate of the rating systems in entertainment and do not believe children should be subjected to such material, I'm also fairly certain that one has to be unbalanced to begin with to even be capable of such acts. That's where I'll leave it 'cuz I don't like talking about it.

Tags: resident evil, re games, resident evil 6, capcom, resident evil games

10/7/2012 9:43:23 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

tes37
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 10:37:21 PM
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I just don't understand why they're not given capital punishment. Whether you were inspired by a game or the tooth fairy, you alone are responsible for your actions. Get caught in the act of murder where I live, you'd be lucky if you made it to a courtroom. This seems more like an assault on our intelligence to think you can use a game as an excuse for such a hideous crime.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 11:45:29 PM

No kidding. If one takes another's life in cold blood, the murderer gave up his right to live.

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Nas Is Like
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 10:07:34 AM

Capital punishment doesn't work, it just increases the crime rates because murderers know they can take someone's life and not spend many or the rest of their future years in prison. Death is a sweet release for many of them.

Whereas if they know they will spend years in prison and not just die instead, they are less likely to commit the crime.

I learned this in a law class 2 years ago.

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tes37
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 11:01:24 AM

Being scared of punishment is irrelevant. If someone commits murder and they are executed, they will no longer have the ability to kill you or your loved ones. That's the purpose behind capital punishment. Nobody should care if the criminal is scared of death or not.

It has been proven that cities, where people are allowed to open-carry weapons, have lower crime rates.

I am not so horrible of a person that I would want the person executed without first allowing them to make peace with God.

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tes37
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 11:40:21 AM

One more thing I'd like to add. Thank you for replying, Nas Is Like. I was surprised that you'd even talk to me, given my behavior in the past.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 11:59:19 AM

Doesn't matter if they're scared or not. When one murderers another out of cold blood, they forfeit their right to live. It's as simple as that. What twisted logic one has to use to say the murderer gets to live another day, eat another meal while their vitcims don't.

Sick that some have more compassion for the murderers than their victims and their families.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 10:59:46 PM
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Sounds like some sick people to me. I'll stick to my simulated killings.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:24:01 AM

Me too.

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Knightzane
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 11:20:22 PM
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People said that GTA would cause my 8 year old self to kill people and steal cars and run over hookers. Im in a school to become a police officer. They also said Mortal kombat would cause kids to act out in violence yet i never did. This is just someone trying to blame their actions on something other then themselves. Kind of like bethseda.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 11:43:23 PM
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What's with Europe and these light sentences for murder? Minimum of 18 years for this? 22 year max for that nut who gunned down those kids on a retreat in Norway? These light sentences are just as loony as the nuts who comment these crimes!

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 11:51:50 PM

Commit*

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:25:55 AM

18 years minimum and thats more than enough to drive anyone crazy behind bars.

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sawao_yamanaka
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:47:13 AM

@killa

So they'll come out even crazier? Just leave them in prison for the remainder of their days.

@jawknee


am surprised that they gave him years instead of life imprisonment. They'll come out worse and who knows what else they'll do.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 1:56:23 AM

Europe and Canada are sooo light on punishment.

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berserk
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 7:34:35 AM

They blame videogames for those stuff and i blame those light punishment .

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Underdog15
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 8:08:40 PM

Canada's got it figured out.

Here when you hear, "25 years". It doesn't mean only 25 years. (I assume many places in Europe are the same way) That's the definition of "life in prison". In reality, what happens is they are in for 25 years without parole, then they have a hearing at 25 years. Murderers, especially child killers, typically get assigned additional years in prison with regular parole dates. 9 times out of 10, they do die in prison. And research shows this method saves money on the legal system in the long run and brings down severe crime rates.

What's funny to me about the states and capital punishment is that a country who's motto is "In God We Trust" is the country who doesn't believe a person can reform their ways or atone. Not trying to be religious... just a discrepancy I notice as an outsider. You guys should just get rid of the "In God We Trust" part. Not even your Christians really believe it, as it's the Bible thumping regions that believe in capital punishment more than any other area. LOL

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tes37
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 @ 12:37:43 AM

Speaking of the bible belt, they also happen to be the poorest among the nation and yet they are the most giving and charitable. There's no need to try and make any of them sound like heartless fools. I find it disturbing that you work with the youth of your area.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 @ 1:58:32 PM

Underdog who are you to judge what our Christian's believe or don't believe?

Take that plank out of your eye friend. You need to read Genesis 9:6 and Roman's 13:1-7 before you start passing judgment on a society you have to teeth in.

Your comments are quite offensive and show your ignorance regarding our culture and society.

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___________
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 3:17:31 AM
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this is one thing that REALLY pisses me off!
govs really need to get a hell of allot stricter with bloody age restrictions!
it was funny 99% of the games at the EB expo over the weekend were MA, meaning you have to be 15 or over to play them.
but a good 40% or so would of been no older than freaking 10!
only people bothered to check id was the black ops booth, everyone else was waltzing them in.
oh except AC3, a younger girl got turned away because she was older than 2 younger boys got ushered through yea that got them in some strife.........
whats the point of slapping ratings on games, slapping laws and restrictions on them, if no one is going to uphold them?

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Snaaaake
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 3:55:56 AM
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Hundreds of millions play video games.
No more than 20 commit crimes were so-called "ïnspired" video games.

The foolish and ignorants simply point the blame at video games without thinking that it's those criminals who are messed up, not video games.

Yes, if you do something bad because you were inspired by something, then you have something wrong with you.

Really, I'm kinda sick of this crap now.

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Robochic
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 9:10:53 AM
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honestly people will say anything if their going to jail just to stur up the media.
And yes Canada is light on punishment i will admit to that i won't comment on the UK as i am not from that country.

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T2X
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 9:30:51 AM
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What the hell does any of this have to do with Resident Evil? Unless they committed the crime without hitting and walking at the same time. It's idiotic stuff like this that makes all gamers look bad as usual. The relation is so tenuous that it would be like someone killing another person and telling the police Coca Cola made them do it.

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BikerSaint
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:10:50 PM
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I call BS on video games causing people to go insane and commit crimes. They had to be either highly strung-out junkies, or just whacked-out A-holes before they ever laid eyes on any said video games.

And I say save the taxpayers money with the "eye for an eye" motto!

Just make sure to rub some Wesson oil or Crisco lard all around the inner surfaces of their electric chair fry-helmets.....for that extra-crispy effect.




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AcHiLLiA
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:13:03 PM
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Same thing what happened years back in the US regarding GTA Vice City. Anyways, I blame video games for some reasons and the mentality of the certain person who commits the crimes. And that dude on a shooting spree in the theater back in Colorado, what a waste of time and money in court for him, death penalty on that man.

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kay Oss
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:35:29 PM
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Honestly I think the justice system in our country is some what of a joke. Punishment should fit the crime. A murder like this is consider premeditated and should be punished to the fullest. Not only did they murder this guy, they tortured him. Most criminals have nothing to lose when they decide to committ a crime, what makes you think that leaving them in a prison will deter them from doing it. Most of these guys will get back out on parole or "good behavior". Remember, not only they are taking life but they are also changing everyone else life who is connected to this person whom they just killed.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 3:14:40 PM

High five!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:57:06 PM
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I have to admit the community discussion here took a turn I didn't expect, capital punishment, gotta love this community.

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Clamedeus
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 6:00:09 PM
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This does not surprise me at all. Blame video games for your selfish and horrible actions, people like this make me sick.

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RICHIECOQUI
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 6:37:01 PM
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Where is that "Not this shit again" gif when you need it!!

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homura
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 7:33:49 PM
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Reclusi├│n perpetua

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Jed
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 9:42:07 PM
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It pisses me off when the media gets bored with reporting murder stories and throws in the "video games made me do it" bullcrap. They blame everything but the disgusting people who commit the crimes.

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