We hail the internet for its ability to connect us with others from around the world..But scarily it can also be a tool for murderers to find their unsuspecting victims. There are also killers and deaths that happen today, mediated by the internet, that the law is coming to recognize as something we’ve never seen before.
Often, the killers in these cases are given reduced sentences for their “partial” involvement, or are not convicted at all. In 1996, a North Carolina man named Robert Glass met a woman named Sharon Lopatka online. In a series of thousands of chat sessions and email exchanges,she told him she wanted to be killed after having kinky sex…
From cannibals to craigslist killers, here’s a look at 10 terrifying internet murderers.
10Murderer: Michael John Anderson – Victim: Katherine Ann Olsen
Anderson murdered Olsen after she responded to his craigslist post for a babysitter. Jailed for life, he shot her in the back. Later claiming, he thought it would be funny.
09Murderer: Lewis Daynes – Victim: Breck Bednar
Breck, 14 years old, was killed after meeting a 19 year old he knew from playing online video games. Telling his parents he was going to a sleepover. Breck was stabbed in the neck.
08Murderer: Guang Hui Cao – Victim: Xi Zhou Zheng Xing
A couple running an internet betting scam were killed for not paying a man who worked for them. They were tortured and their cat drowned before being stabbed and beaten to death.
07Murderer: Steven Michael Fabi – Victim: Leigh Swanson
Fabi killed Swanson after befriending her on dating site. Meetme.com. He shot himself when he heard investigating cops approaching. They later found her body in nearby woodland
06Murderer: Chris Cean – Victim: Chris Marcuis
Marcuis bled to death after a customer of his online radio store posted him bomb. Angered at receiving the wrong products, Dean´s explosive also left Marouis´ mother in a wheelchair.
05Murderer: Hiroshi Maeue – Victim: Michiko Nagamoto
Maeue made online pacts with members of an internet suicide club to die together. Hed persuade victims to meet him before strangling them. One was just 14.
04Murderer: Miranda – Victim: Troy Laferrara
The Newlyweds killed a man who responded to their craigslist ad for companionship. They strangled and stabbed him 20 times because they wanted to kill someone together.
03Murderer: David Heiss – Victim: Matthew Pyke
A German gamer infatuated with a woman he stalked online stabbed her boyfriend 86 times. He flew to the UK after she rejected advances he made via the game site the couple ran.
02Murderer: Armin Meiwes – Victim: Bernd Brandes
Meiwes fried and ate a myn who´d responded to his online ad for a “well-built man who wanted to be eaten.”. Both Meiwes and Brandes ate his penis before the victim bled to death.
01Murderer Lisa M. Montgomery – Victim: Bobbie Jo Stinnett
Montgomery posed as a dog buyer on a chatroom to befriend the pregnant stinnett. She strangled the mother, cut the 8 month old fetus and kidnapped the newborn.