A man who claimed in YouTube videos that he had poisoned baby food and infected women with AIDS virus was arrested in the U.S.
Caroline McCarthy over at CNet blogs about a bizzare overlap of web and real-life. A New York man named Anton Dunn has been posting offensive videos in which he claims to have killed two people and infected more than 1,500 women with the AIDS virus. Going by the name of Trashman on YouTube, his videos were picked up by the NY tabloid press and have drawn varied responses from viewers: some find them funny, while others were offended.
Anton Dunn is currently under arrest after he posted a series of videos detailing plans to poison Gerber products -- a range of baby food. In one video -- Dunn, filming himself from inside a shower stall, claims that his "plan is in motion" and that four babies had already died. The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed charges against him which could result in up to 10 years in prison or heavy fines.
"Critics will likely say it's a case of authorities overreacting to a case of over-the-top, look-at-me comedy. But the Trashman videos, in which Dunn wears masks to disguise his identity and rants in a humorless tone, don't look like they were made to make people laugh", Caroline says through her blog entry.
The post has elicited some interesting commentary from CNet readers. As is usual on the Internet, the comments take up both extremes -- with some such as umbrae attacking the U.S. government for taking such an extreme step: "We are in trouble if the government is going to randomly jump on every idiot on the Internet", adding tongue-in-cheek that "Maybe we haven't caught Bin Laden because he doesn't use YouTube." Yet others like shayfur, would like the government to lock Anton up and "throw away the key", while still others feel that YouTube itself should be shut down since "99% of the vids on there are garbage and not created by the user in the 1st place".