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28th Apr '17 11:01:06 AM Jeduthun
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* A whole lot of serial killers in fiction, and horrifyingly a few in real life, have drawn their inspiration from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein#In_popular_culture Ed Gein]].
27th Apr '17 4:30:42 PM Jeduthun
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If the original killer is still around, don't expect him to be pleased (unless he sees it as [[SincerestFormOfFlattery a compliment]]). Authorities investigating the copycat may be looking to [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller consult with the original killer]] in trying to catch their suspect.

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If the original killer is still around, don't expect him to be pleased (unless he sees it as [[SincerestFormOfFlattery a compliment]]).compliment]], or is able to use it as TheAlibi). Authorities investigating the copycat may be looking to [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller consult with the original killer]] in trying to catch their suspect.
6th Mar '17 1:56:16 AM LondonKdS
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* The third season of ''Series/{{Engrenages}}'' has a particularly cold-blooded and vicious example: a group of pimps are in a symbiotic relationship with a local serial killer, handing their disobedient women over to him to be tortured and murdered to discourage the others from rebelling, and when he is arrested they commit a copycat murder to make him appear to be innocent and get him released.
5th Jan '17 9:14:06 PM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Film/GoodNeighbors'', there's a serial killer operating in town. [[spoiler:Louise]] copies his methods to kill an upstairs neighbor.
13th Nov '16 4:50:38 AM ACW
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**John "The Replicator" Curtis from season 8 copies the methods of previous [=UnSubs=].
5th Nov '16 5:09:34 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/TheConcreteBlonde'': Detective Harry Bosch is puzzled when The Dollmaker, a SerialKiller that Bosch fatally shot several years before, seems to have become active again. He finally figures out that a copycat is imitating the Dollmaker's MO.
24th Oct '16 2:13:02 PM Tailikku
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* DuckTales does this with a small time criminal named Jack the Tripper in the episode "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. [=McDuck=]. However, this was just the alias for a larger criminal named Professor Oodidoodie, who is an homage to Professor Moriarty. Oodidoodie used this alias to get under the radar of his nemesis [[SherlockHomage Shetlock Jones]].
2nd Oct '16 5:14:17 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': In ''The Severed Streets'', the killer deliberately dresses up his murders with the the theatrics of Jack the Ripper as a deliberate smokescreen.
8th Sep '16 8:28:31 AM ThePest179
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backpacker_murders "Backpacker killer"]], Ivan Milat, had a great nephew who killed someone using a similar MO.
5th Sep '16 10:00:36 AM ThePest179
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* One episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' featured a town where the cops use Spinaraks instead of Growlithes because, one hundred years ago, an officer used a Spinarak to catch a famous cat burglar who used a Meowth. Team Rocket decided to impersonate that criminal.

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* A non-lethal example in ''Anime/Pokemon''. One episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' featured a town where the cops use Spinaraks instead of Growlithes because, one hundred years ago, an officer used a Spinarak to catch a famous cat burglar who used a Meowth. Team Rocket decided to impersonate that criminal.



* John Wayne Gacy based his MO (luring young men to his home, then handcuffing, raping, and strangling them to death) on that of [[ Dean Corll]].

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* John Wayne Gacy based his MO (luring young men to his home, then handcuffing, raping, and strangling them to death) on that of [[ [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Corll Dean Corll]].
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