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.