Valentine Day Internet Suicide Pact in US - February  17, 2005 

Oregon Man Arrested in Alleged Web Suicide Plot 
GRANTS PASS, Ore. , Feb. 11 -- A man used an Internet chat room to try to set up a mass suicide on Valentine's Day involving more than two dozen women across the United States and Canada, authorities said Friday. Gerald Krein, 26, was arrested Wednesday at his mother's mobile home in Klamath Falls and faces charges of solicitation to commit murder, sheriff's deputies said. Investigators are subpoenaing chat-room records to try to contact people who may have planned to take part in the suicide.Detectives learned of the plan from a woman in Canada who said she saw the message in a Yahoo chat room that had the words "Suicide Ideology" in its name. The woman, who was not identified by authorities, told detectives she was going to take part in the suicide but had second thoughts when another chat-room participant said she would do it and talked about killing her two children before taking her own life, said Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger."Our primary goal is to try to locate where these endangered children might be," Evinger said. "We need to investigate where these other computers are. Hopefully, we can intervene if anyone still has the notion to follow through with this." The chat-room participants planned to log in on Valentine's Day and commit suicide while keeping in touch over the Internet, Evinger said. The chat room is no longer active.

Digital Evidence
A computer belonging to JaimeShockman (JS in the Indictment) at her Portland, Ore., apartment Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, shows part of an instant message conversation she says she had with Gerald Krein, who is now accused of attempting to lure women to his home for a Valentine's Day mass suicide 'party.' Shockman thought it was a joke, but decided to contact police when Krein said in the conversation that a woman from Portland was coming to his home in southern Oregon to commit suicide along with her five kids. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Jaime Shockman holds a printout of an instant message conversation she says she had with Gerald Krein, who is accused of attempting to lure women to his Oregon home for a Valentine's Day mass suicide "party."(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Valentine's Day Suicide Plot Case Oregon v. Gerald D. Krein, Jr.  - Grand Jury Indictment
The criminal indictment of an Oregon man accused of preying upon vulnerable women online in an attempt to have them commit suicide on Valentine’s Day.(February 14, 2005)