A 21-year-old student and a 28-year-old man were found dead in a motel room, in what appears to have been a suicide pact. The two men, both from South Korea, met on a suicide Web site.
The older man was identified as Mr Kim. The student found with him was named as Mr Cha. Cha's father committed suicide in 1984 and Cha himself had tried to use carbon monoxide to kill himself before. According to reports on the JoongAngIlbo Web site he had also been treated for schizophrenia and his mother had died only six months ago. A troubled soul indeed.
Mr Kim was said to be a university graduate who was depressed by his mounting credit card debts.
Both men died after drinking a solution of potassium cyanide. A third man who is, as yet, unidentified called the Kangnung police to the scene.
There is a large number of suicide web sites in the Asia Pacific Region. The sites offer help, of a different nature than we would expect in the west, to people considering suicide. Many offer poison kits for sale or advice on how to mix up lethal brews.
A recent film in Japan involved a suicide site. It was a massive box office hit, according to The BBC. ®