Hollywood movie may have inspired a woman to kill her father

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Christina Nicassio, 27, stabbed her father, 69-year-old Dr. Anthony Nicassio, when he attempted to take her to a hospital. Her parents were concerned about her irrational speech patterns.

As her parents struggled to get her to go into a vehicle, Christina Nicassio grabbed a kitchen knife.  Her mother, Sandra, called the police while Dr. Nicassio continued to struggle to disarm his daughter.  That’s when she stabbed her father twice in the chest.

The disturbed 27-year-old woman suffered a recent break-up, separating from her fiancee last week.  Her mother reports that after the breakup,  she began to act irrationally.

When Police arrived at the family’s home in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania, they found Dr. Nicassio dead at the scene.

Nicassio Home

Nicassio Home

When they interviewed Christina Nicassio, a youth soccer coach, she alluded to a scene in a popular Hollywood action film, “The Mummy Returns”. “I don’t know why I thought he had to die,” Christina said. “I got played by Hollywood. In a movie, someone who can’t love someone else, they stab their father.”

The movie is part of a series of films.  In the first movie called “The Mummy”, an Egyptian pharaoh is killed by his concubine who is in love with his priest.  The pharaoh discovers the affair and the concubine kills him.  It’s unclear if this is the scene Christina was inspired by, as no scene in “The Mummy Returns” bears similarity to the incident.

In addition, Christina said she “felt the world was ending”.

Christina, who was also personal trainer at the Allegheny Force Football Club, was described as a “pretty nice person”.

“Kids loved her,” club president Jamie Holt said. “It’s kind of shocking to us to wake up this morning and hear that.”

She faces charges of  “criminal homicide and possessing an instrument of crime” and is due in court on May 17.

Dr. Nicassio, an internist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), was by all accounts a well liked doctor.  One patient described him as a doctor that listened and didn’t judge.  A representative of UPMC said they were saddened by his death and called him a, “dedicated and skilled physician who devoted his life to compassionate care of his patients.”

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