'Criminal Minds' Inspires Boy Who Shot Neo-Nazi Father
The CBS procedural, which Mandy Patinkin says he left because it was "destructive to my soul," led young Joseph Hall to believe he wouldn't be prosecuted for the murder.
A 10-year-old boy from Riverside, Ca. who made international headlines last May after he shot and killed his neo-Nazi father has testified that an episode of CBS procedural Criminal Minds led him to believe he wouldn't be punished for the act.
“A bad father did something to his kids and the kid did the exact same thing I did -- he shot him,” Jason Hall said, describing an episode of the show in a videotaped interview with detectives played at his murder trial on Wednesday, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
“He told the truth and wasn’t arrested and the cops believed him. He wasn’t in trouble or anything. I thought maybe the exact same thing would happen to me,” Hall said.
Hall, now 12, stands accused of killing his father, Jeff Hall, with a .357 Magnum fired at point-blank range as he slept on a sofa.
His father was a plumber and regional leader of the National Socialist Movement -- a white supremacist group who espoused violence in the name of ridding society of all non-whites.
“I thought it would be a good idea to end it -- to shoot my dad in the head,” the boy said in the video. “I shot him because I was upset. He was always taking off. He also hit me.”
The disturbing testimony comes just weeks after Mandy Patinkin told New York magazine that starring in the series -- which follows a team of FBI behavioral profilers -- was "the biggest public mistake" he had ever made.
Patinkin, who now stars in the critically acclaimed Homeland on Showtime, left the series shortly before the start of its third season. (The series began its eighth season on CBS on Sept. 26.)
"I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year," Patinkin explained. "It was very destructive to my soul and my personality."