Teenagers commit suicide the Cyber connection

A 19-year-old man in Florida committed suicide live on the internet as hundreds of web surfers watched – taunting him and offering encouragement.

Abraham K. Biggs, from Broward County, Florida, announced his intention on an online forum, posted a suicide note on another and then took an overdose of pills in front of his webcam, broadcasting his final moments on Justin.tv.

Mr Biggs lay on his bed motionless for several hours before members of the website became alarmed. With the video still streaming, viewers eventually called the local police, who broke down the door, found the body and switched off the camera. Up to 1,500 people were viewing, according to one report.

A video clip posted on the net shows a police officer entering the room, his handgun drawn, as he checks for any sign of life. Mr Biggs was a member of bodybuilding.com under the name CandyJunkie and was also known under the alias of Feels Like Ecstasy on Justin. tv. He had apparently threatened to commit suicide before.

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On Wednesday he went on the bodybuilding.com forum and detailed the amount of drugs he was going to take. The moderators of the forum reportedly did not take him seriously because of his past threats and other forum members egged him on. “You want to kill yourself?” one said. “Do it, do the world a favour and stop wasting our time with your mindless self-pity.”

In his suicide note Mr Biggs said that he had hurt other people and hated himself for being a failure. “I am an a@#hole. I have let everyone down and I feel as though I will never change or never improve. I am in love with a girl and I know that I am not good enough for her,” he wrote.

As he lay on the bed after taking the pills, many forum members continued to insult him, believing that it was a hoax.

Justin.tv, named after Justin Kan, its first star, is an open network of thousands of live channels based in San Francisco.

“We regret that this has occurred and respect the privacy of the broadcaster and his family during this time,” Michael Seibel, CEO of Justin.tv, said.

“We have policies in place to discourage the distribution of distressing content and our community monitors the site accordingly. This content was flagged by our community, reviewed and removed according to our terms of service.”

The video feed has been taken down, but clips have been posted elsewhere on the net and copies of the suicide note can also be found, though many of the forum posts have been deleted by their authors.

Mr Biggs’s friends have posted RIP messages on his MySpace page, with some still asking him to pick up his phone.

Last year a British man hanged himself live on webcam. His suicide was witnessed by about 100 chatroom users. Kevin Whitrick, 42, from Telford, Shropshire, killed himself after being goaded in an “insult” chatroom at the Paltalk website. One of the users is claimed to have told him: “F***ing do it. Get on with it.”

According to one charity that works to prevent suicide, there have been at least 17 deaths in Britain since 2001 involving chatrooms or sites that give advice on suicide methods.


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The mother of a 13-year-old girl described how her daughter hanged herself with a belt after being taunted on her MySpace page by a boy whose identity was later revealed to have been invented by a neighbour.

Tina Meier recounted how “Josh Evans” befriended her 13-year-old daughter, Megan, online during the first day of the case against Lori Drew, who is accused of taking part in the internet hoax that prosecutors say led to Megan’s suicide.

In the first cyber-bullying trial in the US, the jury heard that “Josh” sent Megan a message saying that the world would be better off without her. Megan sent a response saying, “You are the kind of boy a girl would kill herself over.”

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“The last words she said to me were: ‘You are supposed to be my mom, you are supposed to be on my side’,” Mrs Meier said as she tried to hold back tears.

Mrs Meier said she later ran upstairs and found Megan hanging in the closet with a belt around her neck. She died the next day.

Drew, 49, from Missouri, has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing computers without authorisation. Each count carries a potential sentence of five years in prison. The case is expected to set a legal precedent for dealing with the issue of online harassment.

In his opening statement to jurors, US Attorney Thomas O’Brien said Drew helped create the false identity on MySpace to learn if Megan was spreading malicious rumors on MySpace about Sarah Drew, the defendant’s then 13-year-old daughter.

Mr O’Brien said the evidence would show that Drew opened the MySpace account and “fully intended to hurt and prey on Megan’s psyche”. The jury was told that Drew knew that Megan was “vulnerable, suicidal and boy crazy”.

“Her purpose was to tease Megan Meier, to tease her, to humiliate her and to hurt her,” Mr O’Brien said. “One of her plans was to print out the conversations and take it to Megan’s school and let people make fun of this depressed 13-year-old girl.”

Dean Steward, the defence attorney, told jurors that Drew did not violate the Computer Use and Fraud Act — used in the past to address computer hacking — and reminded them she was not facing charges dealing with the suicide. “This is not a homicide case,” Mr Steward said.

After jurors were dismissed for the day, Mr Steward unsuccessfully requested a mistrial, saying the emotional testimony was “totally improper in a computer fraud case”.

Prosecutors said that Drew conspired with her daughter and Drew’s then 18-year-old assistant, Ashley Grills, to invent an attractive male teenager on MySpace to find out what was being said about Sarah. In a final message, Ms Grills, posing as Josh Evans, told Megan: “The world would be a better place without you. Have a shitty rest of your life,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr Steward countered it was Ms Grills who set up the MySpace account and his client was driving home when the message about the world being a better place without Megan was sent. Ms Grills has been granted immunity to testify for the prosecution.

The case is being prosecuted in Los Angeles because MySpace computer servers are based in the area.


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