Robert Berdella was a quiet and shy kid, who saw The Collector as a teen, and saw something he appreciated. Starting in 1984, he began to entice young men into his home and then torture them and assault them for days, before dissecting them. You can read about the specifics of the assault HERE, but sufficed to say, it’s absolutely horrifying what he did to 6 six people. He finally got caught when his last victim, a male prostitute, was able to jump out a second story window, wearing only a dog collar, and seek help.
When police raided Berdella’s home, they found detailed torture notebooks, photographs and human bones kept as souvenirs. In his confession, he admitted to watching The Collector as a boy, and being inspired to ‘collect’ men for his pleasure. He was sentenced to life in prison.