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May 31st, 2013
02:58 PM ET

Joshua Cooke on the impact of "The Matrix" on his mindset: "I would see myself in that role ... I would see myself shooting the bullies and people who had hurt me in my life"

Editor's note: Due to breaking news in Oklahoma, Friday's program "Inside the mind of a killer" has been postponed and will air at a later date.

This evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" airs a very special edition of the primetime program, welcoming Joshua Cooke to speak candidly and emotionally in his first television interview since murdering his parents in 2003.

Joining Piers Morgan from behind bars, Cooke described the well-documented influence that one particular film had over him as a teenager:

"'The Matrix' impacted me a lot. When I would watch "The Matrix," I would see myself in that role. I would see myself shooting the bullies and people who had hurt me in my life. And this movie was a type of a release of aggression," he tells the host. "It made me feel better when I would watch it. So I watched this movie hundreds of times."

In fact, says Cooke, he viewed his copy of "The Matrix" so frequently, it needed to be replaced:

"I watched it so much at one point, that the tape had worn out and I had to buy a new one. The video games were the same - played the same part. Video games like 'Grand Theft Auto,' 'Blood Rain,' 'Resident Evil,' 'Doom,' 'Quake,' shooter games. When I would play these games, it did a lot for me mentally for I could release my aggression with these games," reveals Cooke. "I could almost bring my fantasies to fruition. The way I would verse myself in these games, sometimes I would play them 12 to 15 hours a day without leaving my room. I would have food and all kinds of things stashed in my room so I wouldn't have to leave."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as the man who ultimately failed out of college for playing too many video games makes an emotional plea to any disturbed viewers watching from home.

Anyone wanting to talk with Cooke are encouraged to write him at:
Joshua Cooke
Inmate # 1089682
Augusta Correctional Center
1821 Estaline Valley Road
Craigsville, VA 24430
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  1. Name goes here

    Wow. Brainwashed or setup to say video games and movies make people violent. In that case I'm a killer waiting to happen, love the matrix and have played video games since the age of 6.

    Yet another frequent lie from a media outlet.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      Really? Wake the F up! This is exactly what's wrong, the bloodthirst and violence in movies and gaming. Along with lack of adult supervision or parents who don't teach their children right from wrong because they turn them over to the state (school system) and expect them to learn those lessons there.

      June 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. I'm outside

    While he never explicitly states that The Matrix or those video games had anything to do with him actually realizing his fantasies, it's not necessarily a lie, per se, it's just the reason for being inspired to kill by movies, music and/or video games has nothing to do with the movies, music or video games themselves, but has everything to do with the individual who are experiencing them. Some people read the bible and go on missions to third world countries to save starving children, while some read it and then bomb abortion clinics. Some kids play GTA and beat their grandma to death with a bat, while most understand the difference between a video game and reality.

    June 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Wolfen00

    Saying that your inspired by violent Video Games & Movies is a cop-out for your own behavior to want to kill someone. Yes, the parents of Mr. Cooke should be accountable for not teaching him correct social coping, but don't bring the schools into this. Their job is to teach them to read, write and do math. Not police their personality. And they should watch Behavior, but for how much the teachers and staff get paid to do so, they are in need of a serious raise for doing such. Video Games do not promote violence they only perpetuate the idea of violence that is already inherit in everyone on the planet earth. Humans went to war and fought well before Video Games and Movies were ever invented.
    Stop using them as a scapegoat for human behavior.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jersey Dave

    What, are the writers of this article trying to get this murderer pen pals? I can think of two words I'd tell him but I can't put them on a family forum. Killed his own parents? What next, blame Mario Brothers? Besides it wasn't like he went shooting "bullies" he killed his own parents. CNN, please, just stop.

    June 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Denise Davis

    What is the whole story behind what this guy did? I just started watching the show....

    June 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. duey

    Cooke got his gun after a background check. Said so in interview.
    We had violent entertainment back father then the the Roman Empire. "I killed my parents because I watch too many killings in the Colosseum." No one bought that lame excuse then, so why would anyone put up with now? Have we become that stupid?

    June 8, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

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