Online advice on how to commit suicide

Nov. 11, 2005 at 8:33 AM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- An Internet newsgroup called ASH has surfaced, reportedly trading advice on how to commit suicide.

Such newsgroups as ASH work something like an online bulletin board. Anyone with a computer and some basic Internet knowledge can gain free access to thousands of messages about suicide. And they can post messages.

One recent customer was identified as Suzanne Gonzales, described as a smart, bubbly 19-year-old with loving parents and good friends. But, one day, CNN said, she advised her parents she had decided to kill herself.

Suzanne was said to have found ASH nine weeks before she died, posting nearly 100 messages detailing her plans. Suzanne's father believes one of those messages taught her how to illegally obtain and use cyanide to end her life.

"No one in ASH encourages anyone else to commit suicide," an ASH member e-mailed CNN. "ASH is pro-choice."

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