The scene would be fairly standard in this kind of deal. Four young people get together after meeting through an Internet site, seal up a room in an apartment, maybe pop a few pills to relax, and then start to burn the little charcoal briquette with the aim of dying quietly from asphyxiation. Excuse me for being direct, but this is reality.

However, of the four people in this little episode, one decided part way through to get out while he still could. After escaping, he called the police, who came to stop the group suicide being carried out. The people involved were in their 20s and early 30s, two men without employment, one guy company employee and a female university student. There is a lot of information on “what” happened, but not much on “why” it happened, which would probably be more helpful.

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