A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live Webcam as some computer users egged him on and others tried to talk him out of it. Some watchers contacted the Web site to notify the police, but by the time officers entered the student’s home — a scene also captured on the Internet — it was too late. The student, Abraham Biggs, 19, was enrolled at Broward College and suffered from what his family said was bipolar disorder. He killed himself in his father’s Pembroke Pines house; it was unclear how many people were watching. Mr. Biggs announced his plans to kill himself over a Web site for bodybuilders, the authorities said. Some users told investigators they did not take him seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site before.
I’ve been online when someone blogged about having taken pills, and though we didn’t know who her real name was or where she really lived, a very fast series of searches got the right people and years later she’s still strong. Says something about who you socialize with, I think.