In the last years several police TV series (especially in the U.S.) has appeared. One of these, which has received both positive and negative critics, is Dexter. The main character, Dexter, an apparently normal man, is hematologist for the Miami Police, hiding a big secret: he’s a serial killer. Dexter follows a precise code that led him to kill only ruthless criminals escaped justice, using a special procedure: he cuts his victims’ bodies, hides them in garbage bags and throws them in the ocean. In the wake of this TV series, in the United States many murders were consumed.
An example is the 17-year-old Andrew Conley who killed his 10-year-old brother strangling him and then hiding him in a garbage bag. He told the agent who arrested him that he feels just like Dexter and he has always wanted to kill someone. The most chilling case is the Killer from Long Island, just a few kilometers far from New York. He killed nine people and was nicknamed Dexter. The combination was not accidental. Investigators feared, in fact, that it could be an emulator of the TV series’ character.
The killer didn’t make mistakes and left apparently no trace. He knew the survey methodology of the police, and some people even suggested that he might have been a cop or ex-cop. It seemed that the technique was to draw someone, kill him/her and then get rid of the corpse, with an attention to detail as the killer was an expert. There are no news about this Long Island’ s killer, but it is certain that the American TV series often influence emotionally unstable people who have characters (both positive and negative) of succesful TV series as role model.