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Updated Among this morning's stampede of spam at Vulture Central came a very nasty twist on the old chain letter.

Such letters were wildly popular here in UK some years back. The unsolicited mail usually suggested that if you forwarded copies to ten of your friends and family, great fortune would follow. If not, you'd be dead in a week. Or in a wheelchair. Or at the very least in a caravan park in Sheppey.

Of course, most dismissed chain letters as the complete nonsense they were. A few vulnerable (or gullible) people got into a bit of a tizz. In the end - and after some governmental legal-style intervention - the chain letter was consigned to the waste bin of history.

It's depressing, then, to see this unpleasant variation on the theme, send by "Mitt":

At June 6 ,1999, A woman ,whose name is Ayumi Tachibana , was killed after raped.
She was only 19years old.
She was raped , beaten and beaten till her face became swelled up,and her hypogastrium was stabbed again and again ,,,until she died.
Each different semen was found from a dead body.
Perhaps Several men raped and killed her.

She was my fiance.
I loved her so much.
I loved her more than any of all over the world.
I hate who killed her.
I will kill the guy who killed her.
I will kill the guy who killed her.
I will kill the guy who killed her.
I will kill the guy who killed her.
I will kill the guy who killed her.....

She was three months pregnant.
She had my child.
I loved my child very much , but someone robbed me of my child.
I never forgive them!

I will torture the criminals who killed her and child ,more than in the same way and kill!
I decided it so.

I made a plan to find criminals.
That plan is to find criminals .
I discover the guy who stop this E-mail.
By using a mail program, I can find out who stopped this E-mail program.
This program find out the place where the guy who stop this E-mail is, from the positional information of a personal computer, a cellular phone which an email has.
Please send this E-mail to 10 people within 24 hours if you receive this E-mail.
You had better send this email to 10 people within 24 hours for your own security.
If you stop this E-mail ,and when I think that you looks strange, I will come and kill you.
I will kill you even if you are woman.
I already killed 14 people till now.
Eight people were women among 14 people.

If you really didn't kill my lover , please send this email to 10 people within 24 hours.

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You never arrange this program code below.I always know where this email is, and so, when this code is changed, I regard you as a criminal and come to kill you.

<Current positional information code
=CGI{positional information}="fiusfhsfhgfygyua"



There then follows a bunch of "code" and these messages apparently added by previous "recipients":

----Good Luck!!!!! (Mary)
Because I did a really fearful experience, I send it . I'm sorry.(John)
It came to take a Silent telephone at the midnight since this email came.Sorry,I turn this.
I am scared, so,I send it.Sorry.---T.N.
Sorry,I turn this mail to you. / H.M.
I was really attacked by a stranger at a road at night.Sorry,I send this.
Just after that I received this mail my friend was run over by a car.I send this.Sorry./Tom

Ah yes, the old "run over by a car" gag. Well, we haven't forwarded this email and we deliberately abbreviated the "current positional information code". We await with interest the catastrophe which will doubtless shortly befall El Reg. Perhaps a Ninja-style assault on Vulture Central? Watch this space... ®

Update

Thanks to reader Ashley Smith for this interesting bit of background information: "It seems that whoever wrote the threatening chain letter is a fan of the old Detective Club games for the NES, as Ayumi Tachibana is the 19-year old schoolgirl heroine of the aforementioned games. She was most recently seen as a trophy in Super Smash Brothers Melee for the Gamecube."

Ah, so she wasn't brutally slain then. Good news indeed.

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