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Sep232010

Strangers Connect Online to Commit Suicide

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images.(LONDON) -- A woman and a man found each other through an online posting looking for a partner -- to end their lives together. Shortly after meeting in person, Joanne Lee and Stephen Lumb got into Lee's car and committed suicide.  The double suicide of two strangers has stunned Great Britain where it occurred and surprised suicide experts.  "It's very, very unusual," said Essex Police press officer Heather Watts who said she's never seen anything like this in her 20 years on the police force. "We have had double suicides, but not under the circumstance where they'd never met in person....I saw it as a sign of the times when people meet and do things on the Internet."  Lee, 34, and Lumb, 35, are believed to have met on an Internet forum that discusses suicide when she put up a notice seeking a partner to help her die.  "I haven't the strength to do this alone. I have all the ingredients and want to do it ASAP," Lee wrote, according to London's "Daily Mail." Britain has about 6,000 suicides per year, low compared to many other countries like Japan. It also does not have a culture of suicide with strangers that has grown rapidly in Japan in recent years. The suicide rate in the U.S. is 11.5 per 100,000, about 35,000 people per year.

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