Virtual divorcee murders her virtual ex-husband

Is this guy single, ’cause I could totally picture myself marrying, divorcing and murdering him!

In a story destined to be splashed across “News of the Weird” columns worldwide, a 43-year old Japanese piano teacher killed her husband after he suddenly divorced her, and now finds herself in jail. Not seeing the weird part? Oh, did I forget to mention that the marriage, divorce and murder all happened in Maple Story (just think Korean-version of Second Life with super-cute chibi characters)?

The jail part, though – that’s real. “She used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game “Maple Story” to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo City said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.”

She wasn’t the only one working through some disproportionate rage issues, as the guy was so broken up about his dead character that he called the police and had her arrested. I think it’s important to note here that when your character croaks in Maple Story, you simply click a button and respawn in the nearest town, taking a minor hit to your experience points, so this is less “virtual murder” than “virtual attack resulting in some short term memory loss.” The dignity loss, for all involved, is beyond measure.

“The woman was arrested Wednesday and was taken across the country, traveling 620 miles from her home in southern Miyazaki to be detained in Sappporo, where the man lives, the official said.

“She was charged with illegal access onto a computer and manipulating electronic data, police said. If convicted, she could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.”

Nevermind the fact that she didn’t even hack his account, but rather used the login info the 33-year old office worker FREAKIN’ GAVE HER, back when when the fake blush on the fake rose of their love had yet to fade. I know this isn’t the first time someone’s faced real world consequences for game inspired crimes, but seriously – calling the cops for what amounts to a virtual reality domestic dispute? Not cool office worker guy, not cool. God forbid she be formally charged and end up serving some of that potential prison time. I can’t really picture that first convo with her new cell mate going too well:

HARDENED FEMALE PRISONER: So, what you in for?
HFP: Really? Me too! Who’d you off?
MSM: My ex-husband.
HFP: ME TOO! So, what was the bastard like?
MSM: He was a giant pink duck.
HFP: …..
MSM: You see, our character avatars got married in a computer game…
MSM: But then he divorced me. My character that is. So I killed him. Well, I deleted his character.
HFP: I am going to rape you now.
MSM: Fair enough.