The identity of the man has not been made known to the public, but in the early morning on April 15th, he watched helplessly from the other side of the world on webcam as his girlfriend, 23-year-old Quan Liu, was killed. Liu was a Chinese scholar studying English at York University in Toronto. That fateful morning, she was chatting online with her boyfriend (who was 11,000 miles away, back home in China) when she went to answer a knock at her apartment door around 1:00 AM. A still-unidentified man asked to borrow her cell phone, and the boyfriend witnessed a scuffle between the pair that left his significant other dead. The assailant proceeded to disconnect the laptop and stole that, her webcam, and her cell phone.
The killer has been identified as 29-year-old Brian Dickson, a man who lived in an apartment in the same building as Liu. Oddly enough, though Dickson has been charged with first-degree murder, a cause of death has yet to be established. As far as we know, this marks the first time a murder has been witnessed on the Internet, though there have been several instances in which suicide has been carried out in real time online.