More Matrix Killers
Columbine High School
Josh Nielsen, a 17-year-old junior, said the attack reminded him of a violent scene in Keanu Reeves' latest movie. "One of the guys pulled open his trench coat and started shooting," he said. "It was a scene right out of the movie 'Matrix.' "
"...The most recent movie fixation of Harris and Klebold was focused on the 1999 Hollywood release Matrix..."
Josh Cooke, 19
Josh Cooke, from Oakton, Virginia(just south of D.C.), owned a trenchcoat like the one worn by Neo, and kept a poster of his hero on his bedroom wall. Then he bought a gun similar to the one used by Neo to fight evil. He shot his father and mother in the basement of their home and then called the police. His lawyers say he believed that he was living inside the Matrix. "I just kinda looked over at my `Matrix' poster," he says, "and then I looked over at my gun."
--Josh related so strongly to Neo that, unknown to his parents, he'd bought the identicalblack, floor-length, cape-like trench coat that Reeves wore in the movie, along with the matching black boots and black wraparound sunglasses. When his parents were not around, Josh sneaked out the outfit just to wear around the house, while playing the "Matrix" soundtrack CD full blast on his headphones. Sometimes, he would put on his "Matrix" get-up and walk around by himself at Fair Oaks Mall. In Neo's coat and shades, Josh attracted a lot of attention. In describing the murders, Joshua told his lawyers, "It was like a video game . . . like I was in a virtual reality. It was like I was watching myself."
Oaklyn Public School, Camden, NJ
Matthew Lovett, 18, +two boys, ages 15 and 14; wearing black trenchcoats, arrested after they attempted to carjack vehicle; on their way to attack school with numerous weapons.
They became known as the "Matrix Teens."
--Lovett imagined an almost supernatural aura around himself, sometimes referring to himself as the "Mystic", the "One" or "Neo", friends said. The One and Neo are names for Keanu Reeves’ character in the Matrix films.
"They kind of had that Matrix thing going on," said Anthony Tesman, 16, of Oaklyn, of the suspects. "They would wear black glasses and slick their hair back."
Hans Van Themsche, 18, wearing a black trenchcoat, shot 3 people on an Antwerp street. "It looked just like the man had stepped out of the film 'The Matrix'."
ex-student Sebastain Bosse, 18, Geschwister Scholl School, Emdetten, Germany (1 dead, 5 wounded) Fellow students called him "Matrix-Man."