Saturday, April 24, 2010

Chat-room Serial Killer

This guy almost makes me reconsider my opposition to the death penalty.

The St. Paul , Minn., police department announced Friday that they had charged William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, with two counts of aiding suicide.

Nadia Kajouji, an 18-year-old from Brampton, Ont., killed herself in 2008.

Meanwhile, Mark Drybrough of the United Kingdom, killed himself nearly five years ago.

The charges came after a two-year investigation in which police reviewed transcripts of chatroom conversations the accused allegedly had with the victims, encouraging them to take their own lives.

Kajouji went missing in early March, 2008 while attending university in Ottawa. It was later learned that she had jumped off a bridge into the Rideau River. Her body was found six weeks later.

As police investigated her disappearance, they found she had been on suicide chat sites and had befriended someone named "Cami," a 20-something female also contemplating suicide.

In court filings, St. Paul police allege that Melchert-Dinkel impersonated "Cami" and entered a suicide pact with Kajouji. They discussed several suicide methods, with "Cami" urging Kajouji to go first and to kill herself by hanging herself in front of a webcam.

Father Mohamed Kajouji told CTV News that his daughter had been upset about her falling grades, had been seeing a counsellor and was taking anti-depressants.

He said that according to Internet chat transcripts obtained by police, his daughter was coached to end her own life.

"Every time she tried to come up with a way out, (the suspect) always insisted that there was no way out," the elder Kajouji said.

He referred to other chilling sections of the transcript, in which the suspect directly encourages suicide.

"He is basically telling her, ‘Your life is up, so you might as well do it now and I'll help you do it. I'll show you which store to get the rope, how to set up the Web camera, and everything else.'"

In the case of the British man, Mark Drybrough, police allege Melchert-Dinkel also encouraged the 32-year-old, who suffered from depression, to hang himself at his home in June, 2005.

According to police affidavits, Melchert-Dinkel admitted he had encouraged and created suicide pacts for four or five years.

This is what a real vampire looks like kids, you'll note he doesn't 'sparkle'.

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