Suicide website creator arrested for murder
Latin: sui caedere, to kill oneself — important distinction here
Police in Japan arrested a man who ran an internet suicide help site for allegedly being a little too helpful.
Kazunari Saito, a 33-year-old electrician, was taken into custody yesterday for allegedly giving Sayaka Nishizawa, 21, sleeping pills and afterwards suffocating her — all at the victim's previous request to die.
Saito allegedly met Nishizawa through a suicide website he hosted. (The site offered tips on how to commit suicide, as opposed merely making the user want to commit suicide — we're looking at you, 4chan).
According to officials, Nishizawa paid about $1,700 (200,000 yen) to release herself from this mortal coil.
(We'll also point out the website's advice must have been rubbish, given the necessity to follow the pills with an uncouth suffocation chaser).
Japanese news website Asahi.com reports that Saito visited Nishizawa's apartment on April 12 and gave her 20 to 30 sleeping pills. Yet unconfident in his professionalism, Saito allegedly placed a plastic bag over Nishizawa's head some time later.
"I was asked to ensure she was dead," the source quoted Saito as saying.
Nishizawa's body was found April 16 by her father. Police found notes in her room indicating she wished to commit suicide, but soon suspected foul play because her keys and mobile phone were missing.
Saito reportedly became a suspect when police began investigating suicide-related websites. On his site, Saito allegedly posted some rather incriminating messages such as:
"Revenge, drugs, assisted suicide, et cetera. I will do anything. For more details and rates, go to the web site or email me," according to officials.
Police say Saito also sold prescription sleeping pills through his site to several individuals in Tokyo. He was previously arrested July 24 on drug charges.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates among industrialized nations. According to a study done by Yokohama City University researchers, suicides in 2006 surpassed 30,000 for the ninth straight year. It's somewhat of a national pastime there — like baseball in the US, but with less downtime involved. ®
In The Words of Dorothy Parker...
Razors pain you, rivers are damp, acids stain you and drugs cause cramp, guns aren't lawful, nooses give, gas smells aweful, you might as well live...
Last sentence not funny
I really dislike the flippant attitude displayed in the last sentence of this article. Suicide is not painless and is not a "national pastime." That there are so many suicides every year in Japan is an issue which should be investigated and resolved rather than making jokes about.
never hurts to remind people of rules 1&2 just incase they forget that they're not to mention that place.
And I was talking more of the normal suicide folks then the crazy website guy who goes out to help people top themselves, and their dramas erally are miserable lol.
Anyway I know I'm really bored when I fall back on that place that shall not be named, the other boards and rest of the interweb generally keep me satisfied.
And the Memes spread like wild fire just becouse their memes, just look at poor old serious cat.
I found the IT angle! Do I get a prize?
Remember, killing yourself is stealing from the state, and very illegal!
Also, I'm noticing a disturbing trend: this week it's getting very difficult to dig out the IT angle from the suicide, autoerotic asphyxiation, gun nut type articles. These are "the defendant ran a web site", "no excuse needed", and "he used email to express his opinion", respectively...not always immediately obvious. El Reg should IMO be better about ensuring that its stupider readers can locate said angle.)
Screwing up the face ?
If you're worried that poison will screw it up, I seriously doubt that jumping off a tall building is going to have a better effect.