Accused 'Angel of Death' on Internet Pleads Not Guilty

He allegedly posed as a nurse, coaxed victims into suicide
By Eiric Baardsen,  Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2010 3:35 AM CST Posted Nov 20, 2010 3:35 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Nov 20, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Minnesota Nurse, Angel of Death?
A file photo of Nadia Kajouji, who committed suicide.   (AP Photo, File)

Update on a case that involves a disturbing twist on social networking—in which a Minnesota nurse stands accused of urging people he met online to commit suicide. William Melchert-Dinkel pleaded not guilty to felony counts stemming from the deaths of two individuals, one in England and the other in Canada. Prosecutors say he posed as a female nurse using various aliases and told both victims he wanted to help them hang themselves while he advised via webcam.

The case came to light after a woman in the UK tipped off Minnesota police that someone was trolling chatrooms offering the macabre advice, reports the BBC. Melchert-Dinkel has requested a jury trial and his lawyer has suggested he intends to pursue a freedom-of-speech defense. The local Pioneer Press has excerpts of his online correspondence.
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