Posted Thu, Aug 26, 2010 by Martuk
Video games have once again come under scrutiny in a Seattle murder investigation. On August 17th, 18 year old Tyler Savage reportedly strangled and raped his 16 year old neighbor and two-year acquaintance Kimberly "Kimmie" Daily, who was also developmentally disabled. Savage claims that he played the MMORPG Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO) after he committed the crime to help him forget, so naturally, police are now looking into the game to see if he was acting out a violent fantasy since the defendant (Savage) admitted that there was a connection between the murder and the video game. But what that connection is beyond trying to forget the crime was not explained.
Anyone that has actually played DDO knows that while there is plenty of combat it is certainly not the most violent of games on the market. Nor are there scenes of inspiring corpse rape in the game. The charging papers state, that Savage, confessed to murdering Daily and then eventually admitted to "digitally penetrating her and touching her breasts" after she was dead and then dumping her body in an area of brambles, which Savage eventually led police to.
Savage has been charged with Aggravated First Degree Murder and First and/or Second Degree Rape of Kimberly Daily. Despite his alleged admittance of the crime, Savage has pled "not guilty" and could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of release if convicted.