By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
In September 2014, a former Minnesota nurse, William Melchert-Dinkel, was convicted of assisted suicide in the death of Mark Drybrough from England and attempting to assist the suicide of Canadian teenager Nadia Kajouji. Melchert-Dinkel was a suicide voyeur who preyed upon suicidal members of a chat-room and counselled them to die by suicide on front of a web-cam.
Now, an Australian euthanasia leader, Philip Nitschke, known as Dr. Death, has created a private live streaming service to enable him to watch his suicidal clients die by lethal drugs.
According to Tom Place, writing for the Australian Associated Press and Daily Mail Australia, Nitschke used the private live streaming to watch two clients die in May by his new suicide method. He claims that other clients have also agreed to let him watch their suicide deaths.
Nitscke says that his motivation is to ensure that his new suicide method will provide a “good and timely” death.
Nitschke, who has been involved with many controversial suicide deaths, lost his medical license in 2015 for his involvement in several controversial suicide deaths. At that time he was being investigated for his role in 20 deaths.
Recently Nitschke was challenged by a woman whose father died after receiving suicide advice from him.
In 2010, I wrote an article asking the question: Is Philip Nitschke different than Melchert-Dinkel? It seems more clear than ever that Nitschke has a suicide fetish that he is feeding with his new life streaming death service.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.