I would be surprised if today's spotlighted story does not inspire an episode of Law and Order. Screenwriting professors tell us all the time to find film ideas in the newspaper, but that long-running TV series tend to steal all the interesting true crime plots. Still, being inspired by news is different from lifting it as near-completely as Law and Order does. We can look at an article about a man arrested for murdering a woman and removing her lungs and heart and literally adapt it for a film -- with proper rights acquired -- or we can think about the general idea of a jobless man being so desperate that he kills the owner of an employment agency in order to make money off her organs. This latter idea, I call ...

Making a Killing

If you read of the actual case, in which the alleged murderer had been stalking the victim for many years, it would seem to be a very precise situation. The guy goes to the woman's office to get a job, he makes advances on her, she doesn't give him work, he becomes obsessed with her, he's jailed 30 days for punching and choking her, she ends up with five orders of protection against him, he ultimately ends up killing her and taking out her organs. The details confine it from being a story about the overall problem of unemployment and the desperation it causes in people.
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