A schizophrenic teenager who killed a grandmother with an axe during a drunken rampage after a FIFA losing streak went on trial this week.
After losing three games of FIFA 2008 against his younger brother and a friend, James Callaghan, 17, polished off a bottle of vodka, armed himself with an axe and a knife, and stormed into the night near Yorkshire, England.
Callaghan attacked several teens with the axe, knocking one to the ground, threatened a cyclist and finally attacked a 65-year-old widow, bludgeoning and stabbing the woman to death before trying to break into a neighbour's home while demanding alcohol.
The court heard that Callaghan had a history of undiagnosed schizophrenia, and that he was known by his friends to be violent after drinking alcohol. The Daily Mail article also points out that FIFA losing-streak and that Callaghan "also played the computer game Grand Theft Auto, which sends the player's character on a violent crime spree".
It's a terrifying and sad story, but it sounds like anything could have set Callaghan off — it just happened to be a video game.