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August 23rd, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Joshua Cooke's jailhouse message: "If you're watching me and you're contemplating multiple murder, mass murder, I want you to know something – I understand you"

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan hosts a very special edition of his primetime program as he conducts a rare jailhouse interview with Joshua Cooke.

More than 10 years since murdering both of his parents in their Virginia home, tonight Cooke uses his time with the "Piers Morgan Live" host to offer a message for those considering his path:

"If you're watching me and you're contemplating multiple murder, mass murder, I want you to know something. I understand you. I've been where you are. I know how you've come to where you are mentally and why you're considering murder and suicide and things like that," says Cooke, who has famously cited the film "The Matrix" as the trigger and inspiration for his violence. "Maybe you've been abused like I was or bullied in school or been rejected by girls and maybe you - maybe you're addicted to go these violent video games and things like that, but you don't know the pain that you're going to cause with this type of shooting. You think you do, but you don't."

Imprisoned in Craigsville, Virginia, tonight's conversation with Morgan marks Cooke's first-ever television interview since the 2003 double murder. Talking directly to the camera, tonight's guest begs anyone who's disturbed to seek the help they need and avoid following in his footsteps:

"You've got to think about your family. You've got to think about your friends, how much it's going to hurt them. It's not just about you, it's about the others around you and the people that love you. I've just got to tell you that you've got to get help. You've got to get help," Cooke pleads. "You should really need to see a psychologist. And there's no shame in that. Please get psychological help, because you probably have some problems, like I did."

Watch the clip, then tune in at 9 for the entire interview with the man who used a Remington shotgun to shoot his mom and dad to death in the family's basement.

Anyone contemplating murder or others 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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  3. Heather Frid Jimenez

    Thank you, Mr. Pearce Morgan for opening up this conversation. It is so important. I believe that violence in video games, t.v shows, movies etc. is contributing greatly to the gun violence and killing in the USA. I am also a believer in freedom of speech and not generally in favor of sensorship but I also believe that we as citizens need to exercise our power in sending the message to those creating these video games and tv show, etc. that they are not leading to the Peaceful and harmonious societies that we desire. Individuals can come together as a community to speak out against the violence and need to do so. This is the first time I have seen this important topic touched upon in the whole gun violence media debate. This is just as important as the topic of gun control...the common sense background checks. It all comes down to what kind of society do we want to create and live in. Thank you again for addressing this topic and I hope it starts a more thorough dialogue in more media venues.

    August 24, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Heather Frid Jimenez

      Forgive me...I spelled your name wrong....correction: Piers Morgan. So sorry.

      August 24, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Evan

    What a joke, trying to get a killer a deal. Piers, You're never gonna win the AR 15 debate. Your becoming desperate and it's showing.

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  5. Yarply Twelve

    using murderers to push the agenda. Nothing new there.

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    Do what the killers say. Give up your guns. It will make the murderers happy.

    August 24, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Gina Mead

    Piers,
    Are you not listening to this man? He killed his parents, not because of video games and music or The Matrix, but because he was physically abused by his mother. What parent beats their child when the wet the bed? What parent leaves their teen alone for 15 hours a day to play video games? He was an abused, broken child who made a horrible decision, not because of music or movies or video games, but because he lacked being loved by anyone. Why are you glossing over his abuse and focusing on the video games? Why not focus on the abuse of this man and how the behavior of his parents?

    August 27, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Robin Donnelly

    Heather, did you see the interview with Joshua? Did you get the part where he denies, several times, that the violent video games had anything to do with him killing his parents? The whole idea of the interview was that he was pointing out that the real issue here is untreated mental health. We need a MUCH better mental health treatment system in this country. That is where our focus need to be, not in disarming the general population and not in attacking the video game or music industry or the media.

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