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Woman wants to be killed, finds willing accomplince on Net (fwd)
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Woman expected to be killed by man she met via Internet, police say
October 29, 1996
Web posted at: 9:30 p.m. EST
LENOIR, North Carolina (AP) -- When Sharon R. Lopatka left her Maryland
home, she wrote a note telling her husband she was going to visit friends
in Georgia and would not be coming back. She also asked him not to seek
Lopatka, though, planned on going to North Carolina, where she expected to
be sexually tortured and killed by a man she had corresponded with over the
Internet, police said Tuesday.
Apparently, she got her wish.
Her body was found in a shallow grave last week behind a mobile home in
Collettsville. The home's owner, Robert Glass, was charged with
first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
"If my body is never retrieved, don't worry, know that I'm at peace," she
wrote her husband. She also asked him not to go after her attacker, police
An autopsy showed the cause of death was strangulation, but initial tests
were inconclusive on whether she had been sexually tortured.
Investigators said computer messages from Glass, recovered from Lopatka's
home computer, indicate that she traveled to North Carolina knowing what
awaited her. Why she willingly went along with a plan that would result in
her death remained a mystery to police Tuesday.
Lopatka, 35, of Hampstead, Maryland, had three Social Security numbers and
operated three World Wide Web pages out of her home. One offered to write
classified advertisements for $50 and promised such success that customers
would "literally watch the orders pour in."
Messages from "slowhand" -- Glass' apparent Internet alias -- "described in
detail how he was going to sexually torture ... and ultimately kill her,"
according to the search warrant application investigators used to search
"There's no way to know precisely what was in her head when she came here,"
said Capt. Danny Barlow. "The only thing we can see is the e-mail messages
and there they discussed in detail as to what they expected to happen when
she got here. ...