The Chinese-language Taiwanese crime series 'Copycat Killer', directed by Chang Jung-chi and Henri Chang, centers on prosecutor Kuo Hsiao-chi, who sets out to track down the serial killer who kidnaps and murders several young girls in the city of Songyan in the 1990s. Kuo battles his own prejudices and loses to uncover the serial killer, who communicates with the authorities and his victims' families via a news channel named TNB
Recap of the Copycat Killer
'Copycat Killer' begins with a masked serial killer, known as Noh, promising to kill prosecutor Kuo Hsiao-chi. Days before the tape's broadcast, the police discover a severed hand in a gift box at a park. Kuo discovers that the murderer used thumb cuffs, leading him to Tian Cun-yi, the previous victim's killer.
Cin Yi-jyun is kidnapped next, forcing her grandfather to distribute flyers to find his granddaughter. The old man responds by asking the serial killer to imitate a dog in public if he wants to see his granddaughter alive. Upon seeing the videotape, Yi-jyun's grandfather returns his granddaughter's dead body, which is eventually discovered by the authorities.
After cun-yi's victim and Yi-jyun's face are discovered, Kuo meets Hu Yun-ho's ex-girlfriend and TNB cameraman Hu Jian-ho. Jian-ho assaulted a girl at the age of fifteen, only to discover that she killed herself. Jia-wun and Jian-ho were school friends and classmates. It is revealed that Jia-wun is responsible for two more missing girls, Zih-cing and
Kuo and the police officers discover a dead body at Jia-wun's house and set out to locate him. Jian-ho meets his friend and asks him to confess if he has anything to do with the murders and kidnappings. Jia-wun drives Jian-ho to his car and drives away, only to discover Yu-tong alive in the wrecked automobile.
Yi-jyun's grandfather is unsure. He meets Kuo and tells him that the serial killer who spoke to him was older, more mature, and more composed than Jia-wun. Meanwhile, Kuo's uncle informs him that TNB anchor Chen He-ping spoke to him about the serial killer's book and the prosecution. He-ping described Cun-yi's victim as the first victim of the serial killer in his book, especially when the similarities between the dislocated thumbs weren'
Why Does He-ping Kill at the End of the Copycat Killer?
Kuo's suspicions of He-ping being the serial killer eventually prove to be true. His murderous instincts developed when he was a kid, especially when he burned his pet dog alive. He was assigned to report on the spread of pornography in the region, only to discover that people would murder others.
He-ping met Jia-wun, a regular at Sodom at the time, who kidnapped a girl from the duo's home. The reporter tortured her to feel his strength, but He-ping continued to murder her. Cun-yi was fascinated by He-ping's willpower and fear, which increased his power.
He-ping continues to murder because he believes he is the man in charge. That's why he makes Jia-wun drive his potential victims to their families. He-ping finds satisfaction in seeing the same family members suffer due to their helplessness while he determines their fates.
He-ping's superiority is further enhanced by his ability to host television shows. Even after murdering his victims, he ends up controlling the narrative by becoming a well-known television show host.
What Happens When He-ping is Arrested?
He-ping kills Yun-huei, then his ex-boyfriend Kuo beats him up and shoots a pistol at him. He-ping becomes a "victim," gaining sympathy from all sections of society while Kuo executes a plot. First and foremost, He-ping is a narcissist. He murders his own senior Yao Ya-cih to prove to her that he is the most relevant person she knows.
He-ping becomes a sensation after being shot by Kuo. He sees the murder in the eyes of those in front of him, which boosts his narcissistic personality. He-ping loses his senses when the caller attempts to steal his authority over his community.
He-ping, as a narcissist, must maintain his superiority and authority. When a random caller claims to be a serial murderer, he anticipates that the public will instead trust him. He-ping confesses to the crimes on live TV, without realizing it.
Is He-ping still alive?Who Killed Him?
He-ping is sentenced to life in prison after going into court. He stands in front of reporters to be featured on television networks, only for an anonymous person to infiltrate the crowd and murder him, before He-ping's killer can be anyone. The most obvious guess is someone from one of his victims' families. Otherwise, it can be a vigilante who wants to restore law and order in the region.
He-ping has influenced a large group to reject law and order and embrace anarchy. Even when he is convicted of the murders, the group demands his release, stating that he hasn't done anything wrong. If not a vigilante, the person may want him to be replaced with another narcissist who seeks for the spotlight.