Virtual Murderess May Land In Real Jail

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A Japanese woman found herself suddenly divorced "without a word of warning." She was so angry, she murdered her husband — who was an avatar. Her alleged crime: illegally breaking into the online account of the player who created her avatar husband. She killed his online character. Nobody died in the real world. It's an act of virtual vengeance that could send her to a brick-and-mortar prison cell.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A Japanese woman found herself suddenly divorced, quote, without a word of warning. She was so angry she murdered her husband, except her husband was an avatar. Her alleged crime, illegally breaking into a computer. That would be the online account of the player who created her avatar husband where she killed off his character. Nobody died in the real world, but this act of virtual vengeance could send her to a brick and mortar prison cell. It's Morning Edition.

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