Killings said to have been inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio film The Basketball Diaries spotlighted on CopyCat Killers

Leonardo DiCaprio smoking a cigarette in The Basketball Diaries from this week's CopyCat Killers on REELZChannel

A still of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Basketball Diaries from this week’s CopyCat Killers on REELZ

A high-school shooting claimed to have been inspired by a scene from Leonardo DiCaprio film The Basketball Diaries is spotlighted tonight on REELZChannel documentary series CopyCat Killers.

The shooting at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, in December 1997 saw 14-year-old Michael Carneal shoot dead three students and injure five others.

It was later claimed he may have been inspired from a dream-sequence scene from 1995 film The Basketball Diaries in which DiCaprio’s character Jim Carroll shoots students at his school.

In 1999 the parents of the three victims, Nicole Hadley, 14, Jessica James, 17, and Kayce Steger, 15, filed a $33million lawsuit against the makers and

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