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16 Real-Life Crimes And Murders Inspired By The Joker

Updated April 22, 2020 528.4k views16 items

The Joker is one of the best villains in comic and cinematic history. Not only is he the perfect anarchic foil to Batman’s whole brooding Boy Scout thing, he’s also a fun character. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who found inspiration for crimes from the Joker - especially Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the character as an unbeatable force of chaos. Crimes inspired by the Joker show you just how much of a nightmare it would be if the Joker actually existed, so maybe it’s good that most of these wannabe Jokers were arrested before they could do too much harm.

The most frightening aspect of people who pulled off Joker heists in real life is that they were fully committed to creating mass panic, eschewing their morals for a desire for nothing more than to see the terror they caused by destroying lives in the real world. As you’ll come to find out, most of the people who tried to pull off Joker’s crimes in real life were much less adept at living a life of crime than the comic book villain.

  • Teenager Attacks Another Teen And Leaves Him With A Glasgow Smile

    Photo: elbragon / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    In the summer of 2016, an Edmonton-area teen named Braydon Heather was attacked by an unnamed 15-year old who used a machete to give Heather a Joker smile. Aside from the Dark Knight-related injuries, Heather's jaw was broken, his thumb was removed, and he suffered a massive amount of upper body and cranial injuries.

    His attacker was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

  • Florida Man Makes Radical Plan To Join ISIS And Kill His Boss

    Enrique Dominguez, a 20-year-old man from Florida, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly telling a co-worker that he’d purchased a shotgun to take out his boss. He planned to join ISIS, dress like the Joker, and then shoot his boss at work. Not only did Dominguez have a big mouth, but he also had a problem with posting way too much information on social media. On Instagram, he posted a photo of 15 knives, commenting that it was his "lil arsenal."

    After investigators arrested Dominguez, they found a bag with a clown mask, duct tape, plastic wrap, gloves, and two large knives. Once in custody, he admitted to planning a violent spree following a “day of allegiance.” 

  • East Bay Arsonist Allegedly Leaves Joker Cards For His Former Friends

    The Joker really inspires people in an awful way, doesn't he? One East Bay arsonist who allegedly felt slighted by his groomsmen after his marriage fell apart decided to get theatrical revenge on their perceived slights.

    In 2016, after Joshua Van Buskirk lost his job and separated from his wife of four years, he felt like his friends weren't backing him up, so he allegedly started setting their cars and homes on fire, while leaving Joker cards along with notes that read, "Connect the Dots." Van Buskirk denies any wrongdoing.

  • Joker Fan Robs Store For YouTube Views

    When will teens learn that life isn't all about YouTube views? It's about those native Facebook likes, y'all! An 18-year-old in Eastlake, Ohio, was arrested in November 2016 when he sprayed his hair lime green and painted his face up Suicide Squad-style for a YouTube prank. What was the prank?

    This Ohio Joker ran into a Walgreens and rushed the pharmacy counter and demanded "all the pills." Classic YouTube prank. Police arrested the suspect, Donald A. Finnie Jr., and charged him with two counts of inducing panic.