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US woman inspired by the movie ‘The Mummy Returns’ to stab father

The mother of the accused said her daughter had been through “a bad break-up” and they were trying to take her to a hospital when the scuffle began.

world Updated: May 07, 2017 15:49 IST
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A woman in the US stabbed her father to death allegedly inspired by the Hollywood movie ‘The Mummy Returns’.(Representative image)

A 27-year-old woman in the US stabbed her father to death, in a domestic dispute, allegedly triggered by heartbreak and inspired by the ‘The Mummy Returns’ movie, a media report said.

Christina Nicassio, a football coach, felt like her “world was ending” because of a recent split with her fiance, and began speaking irrationally at her home in Plum Borough, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

The woman’s parents had been trying to persuade her to let them take her to a hospital, police was quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

When her parents tired to get Christina into a vehicle, she grabbed a knife. Her father tried to take it away, she plunged the knife into her father Anthony Nicassio’s chest, leaving it lodged inside, the report said.

Police arrested her shortly thereafter in the Capri Court home. She told cops she “got played by Hollywood” and killed her dad because, “in a movie, someone who can’t love someone else, they stab their father,” the report said.

When asked to clarify, she identified the film as the 2001 horror-adventure flick, ‘The Mummy Returns’ with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, officials said.

“I don’t know why, I thought he had to die,” she told police, according to an affidavit cited by the Gazette.

Anthony, 69, was an internist and primary care physician at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr Nicassio, who was a dedicated and skilled physician and who devoted his life to compassionate care of his patients,” UPMC officials said in a statement.

First Published: May 07, 2017 15:32 IST