Batman’s Joker and Copycat Crimes Committed in his Name

I just posted another link to this website’s Kanye Rise and Fall article, but I’ve found another great (and relevant in light of the recent Batman shooting) that discusses several crimes committed in Joker’s name. Hit this link to see the article in its entirety, but I’ll post a brief rundown of the similar copycat cases:

Case #1:

The 20-year-old assailant had a painted white face, eye shadow and ginger hair, and was wearing a bullet proof vest, witnesses said.  He tricked his way into the Fabeltjesland day care centre at 10am by claiming to have a meeting with one of the members of staff. He then drew a 12 inch knife and began to slash at children aged between a few months and two years old.


There were 21 infants in the crèche and six supervisors. All of the victims were stabbed in the throat or head. Parents gathered in the Dendermonde town hall and, with psychologists in support, identified the victims using photographs.

Nine children escaped unharmed. Three of the crèche’s child care workers were injured as they tried to fend off the attacker. Theo Janssens, Dendermonde’s deputy mayor, said that the man “just went crazy”. “There was blood everywhere, it was unbelievable, real carnage. He went straight for the babies and attacked them. The smallest ones were in their beds, they were probably asleep.” Marita Blindeman, the adult who was killed, raised the alarm.


Case #2:

A South Vermillion High School student who appeared to have everything going for her, attacked out against her teacher. However, it’s the details of how she snapped that are sending shock waves.

“The teachers and the school staff and the student body, I think is really kind of in awe that a student of this nature did these types of actions,” Vermillion County Sheriff Robert Spence said. The South Vermillion junior had been a model student. That all quickly changed.

Police said it started when she went into the bathroom. There, she put on white make up, red lipstick, and took out a razor. She then cut her face, some say to resemble the Joker from the movie “The Dark Knight.” After that she knocked on the classroom door. No one in the class will forget what happened next.

“She pulls the knife and begins to make actions toward the teacher, like she was going to cut her, slice her, or stab her,” Spence said. That’s when the teacher had to act fast. She was able to keep the girl at bay by blocking her with a desk. She even used a chair to hold her back until more help arrived.

Case #3:

According to online court records, Cole Vetterkind pleaded not guilty Monday to burglary, battery and strangulation during a court appearance in Clark County.  Authorities say the 26-year old Thorp man dressed as “The Joker’ during a home invasion. The criminal complaint says Vetterkind painted his face like Batman’s enemy in the movie “The Dark Knight” and broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home in the town of Reeseburg in January.  Authorities say he choked her new boyfriend, who then shot Vetterkind in the leg.


Author: Isaac Weishaupt

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