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Mom Of Tragic ‘Alpha Dog’ Teen Horrified That Elliot Rodger Was Inspired By Film About Her Son’s Murder

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Jun. 5 2014, Published 3:11 p.m. ET

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The kidnap and murder of her son was retold in gritty detail in the 2006 drama Alpha Dog, starring Justin Timberlake and Emile Hirsch. But now California mom Susan Markowitz is horrified to learn that the movie about her son’s death may have partly inspired Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger

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PICTURED: 13-year-old Nick Markowitz looks happy as he stands with his mom, Susan, while celebrating his Bar Mitzvah.

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Nick Markowitz

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Nick was only 15-years-old when he was kidnapped and murdered.

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Nick Markowitz

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The story of Nick's murder inspired the 2006 movie Alpha Dog.

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Nick Markowitz

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Nick studied hard for his Bar Mitzvah.

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Nick Markowitz

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Nick was kidnapped by drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood and his gang in August 2000.

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A young Nick Markowitz looks dapper as he poses for a photo.

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Nick Markowitz

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A young Nick Markowitz looks dapper as he poses for a photo.

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Nick Markowitz

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Susan Markowitz, Nick's mom, says she has received hundreds of messages from teens saying the tragedy portrayed in Alpha Dog scared them straight.

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"The only thing to be angry about in Alpha Dog is that about 32 people could have saved one life," Markowitz says.

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The Markowitz family had some good times before Nick's untimely death.

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Nick Markowitz

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The Markowitz family had some good times before Nick's untimely death.

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Toddler Nick was an animal lover.

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Nick's mom is "horrified to learn that the movie about her son’s death may have partly inspired Santa Barbara shooter."

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