This series goes behind the headlines of real-life murder cases which copy memorable slayings seen in Hollywood movies. Each episode features a mystifying murder scene and law enforcement's hunt for the killer. Whether it's two high school students terrorizing and killing a female classmate to copy the horror blockbuster Scream or the gruesome acts of pig farmer and serial killer, Robert Pickton, who copied Hannibal and fed his victims to his pigs - these horrific scenes actually happened but very few people know the real stories that led to these killings. CopyCat Killers includes interviews with investigators, family members of victims and forensic experts. The series also features high quality recreations, extensive archive and original documents from police case files.
Runtime: 60 minutes
CopyCat Killers - Murder of Cassie Jo Stoddart - Netflix
Brian Lee Draper (born in 1990) and Torey Michael Adamcik (born June 14, 1990) are American men who were convicted in Idaho as juveniles of the first-degree murder of Cassie Jo Stoddart on September 22, 2006. Each aged 16 when they committed the crime against their high school classmate, they received mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole. In Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016), the United States Supreme Court ruled that such a mandatory sentence for a crime committed as a juvenile was unconstitutional, even for a person who committed murder, as it did not allow for what is scientifically known about juvenile brains, nor for mitigating factors, and cut off the possibility of reform that might lead to freedom. It directed state courts to review sentences for all persons covered under this ruling, an estimated 1200 to 1800 nationwide. Draper and Adamcik are among the inmates whose sentences will be reviewed by state courts under this ruling. Because of their youth and the premeditation of their crime, the two young men have been studied during and since their convictions. They were covered in the 2013 documentary Lost for Life, about persons convicted and imprisoned as juveniles who are serving mandatory life sentences. Their stories have been featured on BBC Three's Teen Killers: Life without Parole, originally shown on April 21, 2014. The pair of young men were also featured on Investigation Discovery's Your Worst Nightmare, which premiered in October 2014. Adamcik was interviewed as a potential suspect in a separate murder as part of the Cold Justice episode, “Still of the Night”, which aired in January 2015. They are featured in a documentary entitled CopyCat Killers, shown on the Reelz channel. They are also featured on Investigation Discovery's Murder Among Friends, which premiered July 20, 2017.
CopyCat Killers - Civil suit by Stoddart family - Netflix
In 2010 the Stoddart family filed a civil lawsuit against the Idaho School District. They claimed that the school was negligent and should have known that Draper and Adamcik posed a threat to others. Both the civil court and the State Supreme Court dismissed the case, saying the actions of the killers were not foreseeable.
CopyCat Killers - References - Netflix