"Breaking Bad," the dark and popular show from AMC, has just a few episodes to go in its final series. It seems that "Breaking Bad" has become a pop culture phenomenon, which continues to leave its footprint on society. Walter White's ingenious, yet gruesome way of destroying a body, has been used in real life by a fan. After strangling his girlfriend, Jason Hart put his girlfriend's body in a barrel of acid hoping to rid the evidence of a murder, according to USA Today on Sept 19.
Walter White is a genius, he's like a Macgyver of the criminal set, and he hasn't gone unnoticed by the criminal element around the nation. Hart was an avid "Breaking Bad" fan, who never missed an episode, so when the 27-year-old killed his 33-year-old girlfriend, Regan Jolley, he filled a plastic tub up with sulfuric acid. Before the acid had fully taken its toll on the remains, Hart's roommate discovered the body.
Dean Settle, who shared the Nine Mile Falls, Washington home with Hart, told the police about his friend's infatuation with the show. While investigating, the detectives found "Breaking Bad" season 1 "Cats in the Bag" in Hart's DVD player. This is the episode where Walt gives Jesse instructions on disposing of a body with acid.
Sulfuric acid burials were not the only crime that copycats made use of, just ask the officials at the Lotus Green Correctional Center in Queensland, Australia. Remember Walt melting his zip ties with the electrical cord of a coffee maker? Well the prisoners in Lotus Green didn't have access to a coffee maker, but they've pulled the cords out of 425 televisions in the last 12 months to use as a means of lighting their smoking materials.
Even the "blue sky" meth that Walter cooked made such an impression on some criminals that they started to add a bit of blue food coloring to their meth production. A few different meth dealers were caught with the blue meth, since that color became synonymous with the best product on "Breaking Bad."
"Breaking Bad" is one of the most popular shows on TV today, with the majority of the masses watching it for pure entertainment. But, there is that small criminal element out there that is using "Breaking Bad" like an instructional course!