'Copycat Killer,' a Taiwanese series directed by Netflix, centers on Prosecutor Kuo Hsiao-chi, who discovers a serial murderer is murdering young girls in Songyan's former partner and psychologist Hu Yun-huei, who informs Kuo that the perpetrator is Noh, and that he is trying to uncover a serial killer.
Is Chen He-ping/Noh a Real Copycat Serial Killer?
'Copycat Killer' is a television adaptation of 'Mohhan' AKA 'The Copycat,' a Japanese genre fiction author's fictional novel. The author lived in Tokyo's Koto Ward, where the remains of the serial killer's fourth victim were discovered.
Chen He-ping isn't even a fictionalized version of Tsutomu Miyazaki, especially in terms of their goals, methods, and costumes. There are many unignorable similarities, although He-ping does the same when he kidnaps Lin Shang-yong's daughter.
The characterization of He-ping by Chang Jung-chi and Henri Chang reminds us of the Zodiac Killer, one of the most famous serial killers of all time. Both murderers assumed an identity to perpetrate the killings, while He-ping chooses the identity of Noh.
'Copycat Killer' isn't just a serial killer saga; it's also a commentary on news culture, illustrating how one can control the narrative even though he's murdered several young girls. Jung-chi and Chang depict how news and information can become the tools of a murderer when utilized appropriately.
He-ping is a fictional serial murderer who is grounded in reality, drawing on his ancestor's brutal acts. His narcissistic traits remind us of famous real-life murderers like Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, etc.