The Matrix  has had several cases that related to real life crimes influenced by the films. The most famous case involved Lee Boyd Malvo, Who was convicted of murder after his involvement in the 2002 Washington, D.C sniper attacks. Malvo was said to be obsessed with the worlds portrayed in the film. In jail, Malvo still had a strong fixation as he wrote ‘Free Yourself of The Matrix’ in his cell.
Another case was a San Francisco man by the name of Vadim Mieseges, who dismembered his landlady, for which he told police he did it because he was ‘sucked into The Matrix’. ‘The Matrix Defence’ worked on this case and the judge accepted his plea of not guilty on grounds of insanity.