Anyone You Want Me to Be : A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet
Title: Anyone You Want Me to Be : A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet
Author: John Douglas
Explore the shocking case of John Robinson a harmless, unassuming family man whose criminal history began with embezzlement and fraud and ended with his arrest for the savage murders of six women. Most disturbing was the hunting ground in which Robinson seduced his prey, the world of cyberspace, haunting chat rooms, targeting vulnerable women and exploiting the anonymity of the Internet.
A balding, podgy father of four sits in prison in Olathe, Kansas, convicted on six counts of murder and suspected in at least five other disappearances. Most disturbing to prosecutors is the method John Robinson used to procure victims. Robinson, police say, was an innovator – stalking his victims online, haunting chat rooms and finding ways to exploit the Internet’s anonymity. The story of the ‘net’s first serial killer illustrates what can go wrong in the virtual world where relationships are established without the benefit of physical contact. The John Robinson story is the perfect window into cyber crime and how unsuspecting people can be drawn into a dark world that can lead to temptation and end in death. Douglas and Singular weave Robinson’s crimes into the much larger pattern of internet sex that is occurring everywhere. They interview law enforcement specialists, psychologists, web users, and others involved in this drama. Every technological advance creates new criminal opportunities. At the beginning of the 21st century, the world is linked electronically as never before. A cautionary tale about trusting strangers and being wary of false intimacy.