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April 1st, 2007, 6:36 PM
A father-of-two hanged himself live over the internet in Britain's first 'cyber suicide'.

Kevin Whitrick, 42, took his life after being goaded by dozens of chatroom users from across the world who initially believed he was play acting.

But as they watched in horror, Mr Whitrick climbed onto a chair, smashed through a ceiling and then hanged himself with a piece of rope.

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Kevin Neil Whitrick, 42, was found dead by police in Wellington, after being alerted by a web user who is thought to have watched in horror as the man harmed himself

Stunned by what they had witnessed - broadcast on a popular chatroom website used by millions of people across the globe - chatroom users immediately contacted the police.

Officers rushed to the electrician's home in the Wellington area of Shropshire within minutes, smashing down the door to try to save him.

Kevin Whitrick had two 12-year-olds who he visited regularly
But despite their efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last night it emerged that Mr Whitrick had been suffering from depression after being badly injured in a car crash last year.

Friends said that the breakdown of his marriage with wife, Paula - with whom he had 12-year-old twins - and the recent death of his father had also been causing him some distress.

Mr Whitrick told users of web-chat site PalTalk what he was going to do two hours before he killed himself on Wednesday night.

He was logged on with around 50 other users to a special "insult" chatroom where people "have a go at each other".

Today distraught users of the site said that they felt sick and had previously thought the web broadcast was a hoax.

They confirmed Mr Whitrick told friends in the internet chat room of his plans to kill himself but, thinking he was joking, they egged him on telling him to make sure the his webcam was on.

Mr Whitrick, using the user-name Shyboy-17-1, switched on his webcam and went ahead with his grisly plan.

One anonymous user said: "He tied a rope around an uncovered ceiling joist and stood on the chair as he tied the rope around his neck.

"Some of us chatroom users, talking to Kevin over text chat, microphones and video tried to convince him to step down, but others egged him on telling him to get on with it.

"We just couldn't believe he was doing it - it was surreal.

"One chatter said: 'F***ing do it, get on with it, get it round your neck. For F***'s sake he can't even do this properly'."

Another user who did not wish to be named said: "When Kevin stepped off the chair and was left dangling, the mood in the chatroom changed and people began to realise what they had just seen.

"We started asking if anyone knew where he lived and saying they should contact the police.

"I think someone contacted the police in their local area but sadly no one could get to him in time."

Shortly after, moderators on the site closed the feed from Kevin's webcam.

'Considerate and kind'

Mr Whitrick had been living in his flat, a converted house, after splitting from his wife Paula two years ago.

The couple, who married in 1988, had 12-year-old twins Lewis and Melissa who live with their mother in a three-bedroom, semi-detached home close by.

They are said to have visited their dad, who worked at family firm RMW electrical services in Shrewsbury, at weekends. His older brother Malcolm Whitrick is an associate director at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Kevin Whitrick's sparse profile on the paltalk website
Last night Mrs Whitrick said: "Kevin was a loving father and family man. He was always the life and soul of the party, an extremely considerate and kind person and loved by many, he will be so sadly missed by us all.

"Unfortunately Kevin had a very serious car accident in July 2006 and had never fully recovered back to full health."

Mr Whitrick's stepmother Betty Whitrick, 74, told the Mail: 'Kevin was a bubbly kind of person, full of fun. I just don't know why he would do this.

"He lived alone but he always cheerful when I saw him. I knew he was very into computers and he also used to like playing bowls."

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Groves who is leading the investigation said: "Our enquiries to date have revealed that Mr Whitrick was using a chat room with a number of other people at the time of his death.

"We are liasing with the internet service provider at this time to contact other users who were online at the time of this incident and who may have information that could assist our enquiries.

"We are also working to ensure that witness support facilities are available to those who may have been affected by what they saw."

Sharon Atwal, who works in a cornershop opposite Mr Whitrick's flat, described him as "subdued" the last time she saw him.

She said: "Every night he'd take eight cans of Boddington's bitter from the fridge and re-stock it with the cans from the shelf. He always seemed quite cheerful.

"On Wednesday night, though, he didn't seem himself and it was the first night that he did not re-stock the fridge. It was as if he knew he wouldn't be coming back.

"He always struck me as very happy, he was friendly and had two perfect kids. I cannot believe he has done this."

Her brother Bobby added: "Kevin has lived in the flat for the past year and I have seen him every day without fail.

"Last week, he told me about his chat room. He was excited and said he had set it up himself. He said he had been speaking to people in Australia on his webcam.

"His two children used to visit at weekends. He had a very good relationship with them and always gave them lots of money to buy sweets."

The case appears to echo that of Brandon Vedas, a 21 year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, who committed suicide online using a mix of alcohol and prescription medication.

In that case people in the chat room egged the young man on, while others tried desperately to find his address.

Local MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, said: "This is a very sad and rare incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

"It is important that the use of the internet in this death is fully investigated."


I would actually post a picture of the hanging if the T Dome was still around but best if I not.

April 19th, 2007, 11:16 AM
Wow.. Where did you hear that? I'm guessing who ever did that was probably thinking he'd get more famous just by doing that..

~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
April 20th, 2007, 3:39 PM
you shouldn't do that because you were getting picked at just because of what other people think that you dont know. I wouldn't do that and send it on the internet

:t354:~*!*~Queen Boo~*!*~

April 22nd, 2007, 9:55 PM
Where can I view this video?

April 23rd, 2007, 12:29 AM
This story is pretty old, it was in the tabloid newspapers a few weeks ago. And I don't think this incident is as rare as Mark Pritchard thinks or claims it to be.

Where can I view this video?

Lt. Surge's Raichu
April 26th, 2007, 11:14 AM
Where can I view this video?

Well, i guess there is hard to get your hands on that video...

April 27th, 2007, 9:02 PM
It is sad...those ppl should have realized he was serious and called the cops sooner...
*looks @ who is viewing* this must be popular among staff members...either that or it is about to get killed...

April 29th, 2007, 7:40 AM
anyone can do this.
hmm. oh well

May 7th, 2007, 12:13 AM
Oh god, that's awful >_<
His kids must be devastated

May 17th, 2007, 6:49 AM
This gives politicians a good reason to blame more things on the internet.


May 17th, 2007, 7:46 AM
Where can I view this video?

That's just sick. Why would you want to watch someone commit suicide?

Forci Stikane
May 17th, 2007, 10:23 AM
...That guy stole my thunder!

This is just sad really, but with the way that most people act online it isn't too surprising *glares at YouTube*...it also shows how most people that go online really are (since apparently there were people actually telling him to do it). Those kinds of people really need to be shot or something, so they know what it feels like.

Happy Dude
May 18th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Serious Mental issues doing that leaving behind two Children...some people are messed up baaad

May 18th, 2007, 2:14 AM
Well, his nickname (Shyboy-17-1) wasn't very suitable for a 42 yr-old man.

May 25th, 2007, 6:25 AM
Wow... I think that chatroom should be closed down!

May 25th, 2007, 7:04 AM
Wow... I think that chatroom should be closed down!

Why? Because some people abuse it's privileges? Most chatrooms have rules for a reason.

May 30th, 2007, 5:44 AM
I don't like how they use the term "save" for someone they're trying to stop from killing themselves. Anyway, people do random stuff on the internet everyday and I'm indifferent towards it.

June 28th, 2007, 1:16 AM
well over here in Australia there were these 2 girls who were emo and they made a pact on myspace to commit suicide together and the cops found them both dead in the woods

June 28th, 2007, 2:22 AM
Where can I view this video?


That's really messed up to see someone commit suicide.

I feel sorry for the man, at least there are still some good people in the world who, even if someone was "kidding" that they try and stop it, even when they might not know the person they are talking to.

The people who egged him on disgust me.

Richard Lynch
June 28th, 2007, 5:33 AM

That's really messed up to see someone commit suicide.

Actually, I've seen worse on the internet. The Iraqi beheadings, and the notorious "Russian" video, where an apparent Russian is executed by Chechens (I've seen that one, and while I'm in no way easily disturbed, this one gave me nightmares). There are a lot of sick things in the internet underworld, I can promise you this. A video of someone hanging himself is, while sick and depraved, not the worst thing you'll ever see.

Psychologically, it's the natural curiosity towards "death" that brings people to want to watch these sort of pseudo-snuff films, frightening as they may be. It's a way to gain knowledge about the real world we live in, not the kind of world you see in Hollywood presented by Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain".

But I do feel bad for the family... and those people who egged him on are disgusting. Although it doesn't surprise me... just take a history course. We humans do not have a very commendable past, and that leads us to have a very un-commendable present.

June 29th, 2007, 11:16 PM
This is going to sound horrid, but if I had been in the chat room, I would have been egging him on to do it as well. If someone is whining about how life is horrible and "Oh, woe is me I should just die," I would say, "Then do it." 99 out of 100 times, they won't. And you know why? Because they aren't serious, they're just looking for attention. Any troll knows this fact, so I'm not surprised at all that they were saying this. I am surprised that the guy actually was serious. However, there was know way the chatroom-goers could have known that.

Why the hell should the chatroom be closed down? It's not their fault. It's not the users fault. It was they guy who did it's fault.

Personally, I find it amusing. But I guess I have a sick mind when it's after midnight.