Saturday, February 12, 2005
Valentine's Day Suicide Pact Leader Arrested
On February 11, 2005, sheriff's deputies in Klamath Falls, Oregon, arrested Gerald Krein on charges that he attempted to solicit 32 people in the United States and Canada to commit murder, mostly through suicide. Using chat rooms, Krein allegedly convinced over thirty people to kill themselves and others. Investigators said the case came to light when a woman in Canada told them that she'd planned to take part in the mass suicide but then had second thoughts when another chat room follower talked about killing herself and her two children, the Associated Press reported.