Friday, October 24, 2008
Woman arrested for killing virtual husband
This weeks edition of Strange World is from our friends in Japan.
A Japanese woman has been arrested after she allegedly killed her virtual husband in an online game.
The 43 year old was apparently furious at finding herself suddenly divorced in the game Maplestory, reports the BBC.
Police say she illegally accessed login details of the man playing her virtual husband, and killed off his character.
The woman, a piano teacher, is in jail in Sapporo waiting to learn if she faces charges of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating data.
She was taken to Sapporo - where her "husband", a 33-year-old office worker lives - from her home in Miyazaki 620 miles away.
If charged with the offences, and convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
A Sapporo police official said the woman had used the man's ID and password to log into the game last May to carry out the virtual murder.
"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," she was quoted by the official as telling investigators.