Courtesy : University City Police Department
Remember all those claims that many people seemingly make on how some films apparently encourage and influence violence by glorifying it and thus leading people to think it is heroic amongst other things? While it is entirely preposterous, at times, there is one moment or one case that becomes the unfortunate justification for such a thing.
That is what happened recently where a Missouri man dressed at The Joker was charged Thursday with felony first-degree terrorist threats after he live-streamed himself saying he planned on killing random people.
Jeremy J. Garnier, 51, of University City on Monday, dressed as the Batman villain, allegedly made the death threats via live stream on Facebook, police said.
“Yes I’m doing this for attention, but the attention I seek is to take over the world,” he says early in the video, which was cited by St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to start killing people until this reaches a thousand (viewers), and once it reaches a thousand, I’m going to go out in public and I’m going to kill more. We’re not going to go to any movie theaters. We’re going to go totally unarmed because we don’t want to alert the authorities into thinking we might be on an actual rampage.”
Garnier is dressed as the Joker in his mugshot.
Garnier was ordered to be held without bail after he was charged.
The Joker character will be forever linked to the 2012 Aurora theater shooting where 12 people were killed during a Dark Knight Rises screening. Initially, it was reported the suspect called himself the Joker, but that was later proven inaccurate.