'Criminal Minds' Inspired A 10-Year-Old Boy To Kill His Neo-Nazi Father

In a September interview with New York magazine, Homeland star Mandy Patinkin said, “The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds…I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality.” It’s also destructive to neo-Nazi dads, apparently:

Hours after shooting his father in the head, a 10-year-old Riverside boy told police he didn’t think he would be punished because of a Criminal Minds episode he had recently seen in which a child killed an abusive father and wasn’t arrested.

Riverside County prosecutors played a video of the interview in court Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the second day of the boy’s murder trial. The boy, now 12, is charged in the death of neo-Nazi leader Jeff Hall inside their Riverside home the morning of May 1, 2011. He is not being identified because he is a minor.

“A bad father did something to his kids and the kid did the exact thing I did — he shot him,” the boy said. “He told the truth and wasn’t arrested and the cops believed him. He wasn’t in trouble or anything. I thought maybe the exact same thing would happen to me.” (Via)

If CBS wants to skew younger, they should publicize this story more. CBS: Nazi Killers. I’d watch that.

(Via the Press-Enterprise)