DEATH ON THE INTERNET

AN E-MAIL LIAISON BETWEEN TWO STRANGERS ENDS IN MURDER

They talked about sex, torture and death, but never face to face. Robert Glass and Sharon Lopatka were intimate strangers, communicating over the Internet, she as "Nancy" from Hampstead, Maryland, he as "Slowhand" from his trailer outside Lenoir, North Carolina. Then the pair decided to meet. Lopatka boarded a train Oct. 13 for North Carolina. Her family never saw her alive again.

On Oct. 28 the state's chief medical examiner confirmed that it was Lopatka's body that the police had dug out of a shallow grave in Glass's yard. Glass, a county-government computer programmer, is charged with her murder. His attorney...

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