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Why do copycat crimes or attempts seem to be relatively common?

Asked by DigitalBlue (7100points) August 7th, 2012

A man was arrested in Ohio for taking weapons to a movie theater, with what appears to be the intention of shooting people watching The Dark Knight Rises. At least 2 other similar arrests (that I’m aware of), have been made in the past few weeks.

Not that I really understand of these types of crimes in general, but I really don’t understand the appeal of doing exactly what someone else has done. Down to the same movie. Are there studies behind copycat crimes? Is there any explanation for what tempts people to mimic the same scenarios as other violent criminals?

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woodcutter's avatar

Some confused people want their time in the sun?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Some people psychopaths are just unoriginal.

marinelife's avatar

Because people are not very original.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

^^ I see what you did there…

Sunny2's avatar

Lack of creative imagination.

Earthgirl's avatar

To be part of something bigger.

RocketSquid's avatar

I think it’s because seeing someone else do it makes it seem much more possible. Just like watching your friend jump across a ditch that none of you thought was crossable, copycat criminals probably not only get their bravery from seeing it done, but thinking “I could do it better”.

DigitalBlue's avatar

@RocketSquid that makes a lot of sense. In a twisted way.

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