Saturday, October 16, 2010

Suicide and the Internet

An incredibly tricky legal issue is suicide and blame. The case in Massachusetts where 4 girls and 2 boys bullied a girl who eventually killed herself did result in charges against the bullies. The Rutgers boy who killed himself after an outing might involve more charges than just invasion of privacy; the ever flexible hate crim charges. Unless a Dr. Kevorkian, how do you charge someone for the individual action of another? A very interesting, and long, read is this article on a twisted individual in a chat room for suicide methods. The article does a great job of spotlighting the unique problems with prosecuting and another dangerous side of the Internet. While these chat rooms can help people not choose suicide as a way out, they are also a weapon in the hands of the wrong person. Reading the section that details the sick f*ck's past employment issues as a nurse, one gets the feeling that despite all of his denials, this was an adrenaline rush and high for him. If you have nothing to do for a little while, read this article. The anonymity of the Internet at its darkest is on display.

2 comments:

Whitney said...

You should turn your replies on on Tumblr!
I just want to say that I read that article in GQ two days ago & it was one of the most disturbing things I have ever read, which is saying a lot.
Prosecuting someone for someone else's suicide IS an incredibly complex & difficult issue, but god I hope that bastard rots in jail.

Son of Brock Landers said...

just fixed that on tumblr. this guy definitely has an angel of death fantasy and should be sent to a psych ward for evaluation. his level of involvement feels criminal, but once again, it feels crminal. convincing a jury of 12 would require tons of theatrics.