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August 23rd, 2013
05:00 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"

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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