FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Two mothers are welcoming the guilty verdicts against a Minnesota ex-nurse accused of seeking depressed people online and encouraging two people to kill themselves.

Forty-eight-year-old William Melchert-Dinkel of Faribault was convicted Tuesday of aiding the suicides of Mark Drybrough of England and Nadia Kajouji of Canada.

Drybrough’s mother, Elaine Drybrough, says that if he had been cleared, it would have sent a signal that encouraging suicides is permissible.

Kajouji’s mother, Deborah Chevalier, says the Internet cannot be allowed to become a safe haven for criminals. She says a crime is just as vile and offensive whether it’s committed in a home or over the Internet.

The prosecutor, Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster, says justice was served.

Defense attorney Terry Watkins did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

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Comments (3)
  1. Free Throw says:

    What was the time frame this guy was active online? Can he be connected to other suicides? Did the authorities check his internet contacts/exposure for possiblly contributing and aiding other suicidal people?

    Is there a number to call for people who might want to know if a loved one was coaxed by this guy?

  2. ddc says:

    Time frame: approx 2002 until Jan 2008 – if he was active before 2002, that is not confirmed

    Yes he is connected to other suicides and also attempted suicides

    No, there is no number to call…

    1. DDC says:

      Correction – meant to say until Jan 2009, not 2008

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