How Many More Nadia’s: The Serial Suicide Killer Finds A Loop Hole

“Bill M-388, tabled in the House of Commons on May 26th by Albrecht, proposes that the government should ensure that counseling, aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide is a Criminal Code offence “regardless of the means used to counsel or aid or abet including via telecommunications, the Internet or a computer system.”

“While the Internet is deemed as a haven for free speech, it is important to protect individuals like Nadia from committing suicide at the encouragement of a predator,” said Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga.”

The above excerpts, which are from a June 16th, 2009 article by Thaddeus M. Baklinski, pertains to the case of William Melchert-Dinkel, who has admitted to US police that he coaxed at least five different people to commit suicide using the internet.

Included amongst his victims was 18 year old Nadia Kajouji, a student at Carleton University in Ottawa who killed herself after being “encouraged” to do so in a series of internet chat room discussions with Melchert-Dinkel.

18 Year Old Nadia Kajouji

Alex Schadenberg, who is my guest today, is from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in London, Ontario and he believes that the RCMP should consider extraditing William Melchert-Dinkel, as it is a crime under Canadian law (Section 241) to Aid, Abet and Counsel suicide, whether suicide occurs or not.

“In this case Kajouji was counseled via the internet to commit suicide and there appears to be enough evidence to charge Melchert-Dinkel,” Schadenberg said.

Despite those sentiments, Melchert-Dinkel’s case is being tried in Rice County District Court in the State of Minnesota near his home town of Faribalt.  Even more disconcerting is the fact that his lawyer Terry Watkins, said after the hearing he expects his client to be acquitted.   The reason amongst others . . . because it’s a violation of his client’s right to free speech.  According to a June 30th, 2010 article in the Faribalt Daily News by Shane Kitzman, Watkins also argues for a dismissal saying “the law is being used vaguely and that there’s lack of probable cause.”

Given the complexities of the laws involving Internet crime, especially spanning numerous international jurisdictions, there is a very real possibility that Melchert-Dinkel may indeed walk.

Remember to use the following link to access both the Live and On-Demand broadcast “How Many More Nadia’s: The Serial Suicide Killer Finds A Loop Hole” which airs on Wednesday, August 25th at 2:00 PM EST on the Blog Talk Radio Network.

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3 Responses to “How Many More Nadia’s: The Serial Suicide Killer Finds A Loop Hole”
  1. jimbouchard says:

    Forget the legality of this situation- let’s talk about the humanity. How can one possibly justify taking advantage of another person’s emotional distress for personal amusement? These cases are not simple bullying cases, but cross a societal barrier never before imagined by American and Canadian law.

    It’s difficult to prosecute this case under current law and I’m no advocated for increased legislation in any society, but this new phenomenon requires new recourse. It’s time for new law.

    Jim Bouchard

    • One of the questions I will be asking today Jim is if the existence of the right to die laws are indirectly and unintentionally benefiting Melchert-Dinkel? For example, under Oregon law Melchert-Dinkel could not have been charged.

  2. Jeff Benedict says:

    I was listening to your show today and all I could think about was my own life.
    My daughter was killed in a car accident, I lost my job, I was losing my home and my girl friend starting shooting up crystal meth.
    I am sure glad there wasn’t anyone trying to help me kill my self. I tried and lived.
    25 years later I can’t even imagine feeling that way but I did.

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