Pavel Mateev, who was addicted to a computer game, went to his yard that fateful morning, "switched on a chainsaw and sawed off his own head."
Disclaimer: This story contains graphic details of suicide that readers may find disturbing.
Police in Russia were left investigating a harrowing case of a teenager who reportedly beheaded himself using a chainsaw after losing a computer game. "A teenager from Tomsk region committed suicide after he lost a computer game," reported NTV, a state-owned Russian television channel. 15-year-old Pavel Mateev went to his yard that fateful morning, "switched on a chainsaw and sawed off his own head," according to The Sun. Several local media outlets reported that the boy was addicted to a computer game that his single mom had purchased for him. Although it remains unclear as to which computer game he was playing, a female source did say that Mateev used to spend hours playing that game at his computer, and that particular day his "nerves gave in after a game."
Boy, 15, beheaded himself with chainsaw after losing computer game: reports https://t.co/PuxPb46G0E— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) September 7, 2018
As for the local office of the Russian Investigative Committee, they did not provide any further details about the disturbing case apart from confirming that a criminal case was lodged "into incitement to suicide." This devastating incident took place two years ago when the so-called "death groups" in Russia were on the rise. They allegedly incited kids and teenagers to take their own lives while playing online games. It's not clear if Mateev's alleged suicide had anything to do with them or not. This led to the alarming rise in child suicides allegedly claiming the lives of 130 children over a period of six months.
Wow! Unbelievable! There had to have been a sign, but so sad. People should investigate ways that they could help People like this. Hope the family's coping with the loss. Boy, 15, beheaded himself with chainsaw after losing computer game: reportshttps://t.co/dnAF7EhcRd— Daniel Serrano (@nwdprodesign) September 5, 2018
"We have counted 130 suicides of children that took place between November 2015 to April 2016," reported investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta. "Almost all these children were members of the same internet groups and lived in good, happy families. We know absolutely for sure is that adults are working with children, with the help of knowledge of their habits and passions, using their favorite language and culture." A few of these groups featured the notorious Blue Whale game where sick online mentors "brainwashed" their victims into completing 50 steps which involved exhaustion and self-harm, and finally ended in suicide. Russia was immersed in fear after 130 deaths of teens and children were linked to the "Blue Whale" game.
6- It is not only Russia or the US, but the game has also now reached Latin America. "Panama Today", a Panamanian newspaper writes: --"Blue Whale suicide game raises red flags in Latin America"-- pic.twitter.com/ZjUUz928rG— Ella Cruz♦️⭐️⭐️🗽⭐️⭐️♦️#CrimesAgainstChildren (@EllaaaCruzzz) September 24, 2018
Mental health activists and professionals began calling on Russian politicians to launch a probe into the matter and learn how and why youngsters were being attracted to these games. This statistical report emerged shortly after the death of two schoolgirls Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, in 2017. Both tragically fell to their death from a 14-story apartment block. Konstantinova has posted a message on her social media account saying "End" before sharing a picture of a big blue whale. Meanwhile, her friend Volkova had written: Sense is lost... End. Before her death, she would regularly post messages on the platform like "Do you feel that gradually you become useless?" and "I'm just a ghost," according to The Sun. Two teenage boys were reportedly detained by the authorities who were at the scene and had allegedly filmed the double suicide.
3-Pictures below belong to Yulia Konstantinova, 15, & Veronika Volkova, 16, who jumped from the roof of a 14th-floor building. Two days earlier, a 14-year-old girl from Chita was reported to have thrown herself under a commuter train. pic.twitter.com/yczyeKopWv— Ella Cruz♦️⭐️⭐️🗽⭐️⭐️♦️#CrimesAgainstChildren (@EllaaaCruzzz) September 24, 2018
"Investigators checked the scene, the homes of the minors, and interviewed relatives and friends of the victims, to establish their motives," a statement read. "Particular attention during the investigation of the criminal case will be given to the study of their social contacts on the Internet." An unnamed girl, 15, was also reportedly left with critical injuries after falling onto the snowy ground from a fifth-floor flat in the city of Krasnoyarsk. Just two days before this, a 14-year-old girl from Chita had thrown herself under a commuter train. Police confirmed that the game was a possible "cause of death." The painful nature of these deaths and the young ages of the victims prompted the cops to draw links to the controversial social media 'suicide game.' Investigators believed that the game might have influenced the girls to die by suicide.
8-Aside from Texan teenager Isaiah Gonzales, the Blue Whale Challenge has allegedly claimed another American victim, a 16-year-old girl from Atlanta who was not named in a report from CBS North Carolina.— Ella Cruz♦️⭐️⭐️🗽⭐️⭐️♦️#CrimesAgainstChildren (@EllaaaCruzzz) September 24, 2018