Stefano Brizzi, 50, clearly loved the series “Breaking Bad” — a taste shared with many of us. His other tastes however were a bit more exotic and lethal. Brizzi strangled to death police officer Gordon Semple, 59, in a sex game after meeting him on the gay cruising app. Brizzi seemed to model his life on the rather unfortunate model of Jesse Pinkman, including his ill-fated initial effort at body disposal.
Brizzi is a sadomasochistic, meth addict with a binge watching tendency. The former Morgan Stanley developer developed a love for crystal meth and the series. When he killed Semple, he turned to the lessen of the show in getting rid of bodies with acid in a bathtub. While Pinkman failed to get the proper plastic container and ended up putting a hole through the tub and floor, Brizzi found that the body did not instantly disappear and produced a terrible smell. After police responded to calls from neighbors, they found the partially dissolved body of Semple floating in the tub. Police alleged that he roasted and ate parts of the body and the head was found in a bucket.
In the end, the body disposal worked out as poorly as the one in “The Cat’s Out of the Bag” in Season 1, Episode 2. This series however will end with the pilot. Brizzi was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 24 years.