Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
A perfect night in with EE
Win £200 to spend on the perfect night in
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Spectre Opening Sequence Will Be 'Biggest In Bond History'
Empire reports from Day Of The Dead in Mexico
More Movie News

Scream Killers Found Guilty
Boys to be jailed for 'copy-cat crime'

02 July 1999  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

A pair of teenaged cousins who told police that the film Scream inspired them to kill one of their mothers have been found guilty at their trial in California. Mario Padilla, 17 and co-defendant Samuel Ramirez, 15, will be sentenced today or on Monday, but they do not face the death penalty because they were juveniles at the time of the murder.

Pailla’s mother was found dead on January 13 1998. She had been stabbed 45 times with a collection of weapons, including different types of knives and a screwdriver. Although the boys told the authorities that the murder was influenced by their obsession with Scream and Scream 2, the judge at Compton Superior Court ruled that this could not be offered in the defence.

Judge John Cheroske issued a statement before proceedings saying, "The court orders that any and all 'Scream' evidence is excluded from this trial. The court orders that this case is not to be referred to as the 'Scream' murder case."

However, in a preliminary hearing the boys reportedly said that the methods of murder in the Scream films are “cool” and said of Gina Padilla’s death, "It was a perfect way to kill somebody. "Padilla faces life imprisonment, Ramirez up to 25 years.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Summer of Sam Stirs it Up
Serial killer pic courts controversy
Impractical Magic
Kidman ready to be Bewitched?


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Fast & Furious 7 Review
We run the rule on the return of Toretto, Hobbs and co

Empire Meets Alison Brie
The Get Hard star on Ken Jeong, Toto and her favourite episode of Community

17 ‘What The?’ TV Cameos From Film Directors
From Spike Jonze as a music exec to Peter Bogdanovich as… himself?

Empire Meets Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On A Second Chance, Game Of Thrones pranks and Headhunters' poo scene

The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects
No really, the Ringwraiths are actually plastic cups...

The 30 Greatest Superhero Movies Of All Time
Empire readers pick their top super flicks

10 Videos Every Tom Hanks Fan Should Have Watched By Now
Of course, everyone in the world is a Tom Hanks fan…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)