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Seeking YouTube Fame, A Teenager Kills Her Boyfriend (arstechnica.com) 605

Last Monday a 19-year-old woman named Monalisa Perez gave the police a strange reason for why her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, was dead. An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: A Minnesota woman has been charged with manslaughter after she shot and killed her boyfriend as part of the pair's attempt to become YouTube celebrities... The two had set up two video cameras to capture Perez firing the gun at Ruiz while he held a book in front of his chest. Ruiz apparently convinced Perez that the book would stop the bullet from a foot away. The gun, a Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol, was not hindered by the book. Ruiz, who was found with a single gunshot in his chest, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hours before the incident, Perez posted on Twitter, "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE."
The teenager -- who is pregnant with the couple's second child -- now faces second-degree manslaughter charges, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, or both. A local sheriff told the New York Times, "I really have no idea what they were thinking. I just don't understand the younger generation on trying to get their 15 minutes of fame."
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  • by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <rodrigogiraoNO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Sunday July 02, 2017 @01:37PM (#54730401) Homepage

    Old news, not for nerds, shit that doesn't matter.

    • by IwantToKeepAnon ( 411424 ) on Sunday July 02, 2017 @02:37PM (#54730779) Homepage

      It teaches a lesson, Don't test in Production ...

      • Before testing or reconfiguring, always mount a scratch Mexican.

    • Old news, not for nerds, shit that doesn't matter.

      Hey I want to know which book they shot!

  • Simple (Score:5, Insightful)

    by qbast ( 1265706 ) on Sunday July 02, 2017 @01:38PM (#54730407)
    Stupidity kills.
    • Re:Simple (Score:5, Insightful)

      by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Sunday July 02, 2017 @02:18PM (#54730657)

      And physical reality is utterly merciless.

  • Darwin Award... (Score:2, Insightful)

    They're YouTube famous for all the wrong reasons.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Managed to reproduce before removing himself from the gene pool, so not sure if this qualifies...

      • Re:Darwin Award... (Score:5, Informative)

        by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <barbarahudson@gm a i l.com> on Sunday July 02, 2017 @02:04PM (#54730557) Journal
        The rules are clear [darwinawards.com] - you only have to remove yourself from the gene pool (preferably in a funny or ironic way). They say nothing about previous offspring.

        Nominees significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way.

        They are self-selected examples of the dangers inherent in a lack of common sense, and all human races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups are eligible to compete. Actual winners must meet the following criteria:

        Reproduction Out of the gene pool: dead or sterile.

        Excellence Astounding misapplication of judgment.

        Self-Selection Cause one's own demise.

        Maturity Capable of sound judgment.

        Veracity The event must be true.

        They are dead, obvious lack of judgment, did it to themselves, and the event is true. The only question mark is maturity. But the same can be said for most members of Congress and the Senate.

  • I just don't understand the younger generation

    19-year-old couple, 3 year old daughter, one in the oven - and you expect responsible behaviour on the internet?

    • ' I just don't understand the younger generation on trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.'

      Yeah; it's not like they tried to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel like previous generations attempted.

    • by Megol ( 3135005 )

      You are illustrating your disconnect from the real world clearly. This was in the real world. Idiot.

    • 19-year-old couple, 3 year old daughter, one in the oven - and you expect responsible behaviour on the internet?

      Yes, I quite reasonably expect a young adult couple not to point guns at each other and pull the trigger simply because they had unprotected sex a few years ago.

  • or something bigger than a comic book....

    • by deesine ( 722173 )

      Apparently they were very scientific about it. He practiced on a thick book without the bullet exiting the other side. Test_run_1 total success, theory tested & proven, move to launch phase for project Shooting Star.

    • what kind of .22? you can see some powerful .22LR going through 2,000 pages of phone book on youtube.

      we won't even talk of .22 magnum or .223

  • I hope they didn't breed.

  • by rebelwarlock ( 1319465 ) on Sunday July 02, 2017 @02:00PM (#54730533)
    Then they had access to DemolitionRanch. They should know how much shit a 50 cal will go through.
    • even an ordinary handgun people use for self defense will go through any book. a 9mm para. will make holes in 7 inches of paper, so even two of the 2600 pages of my CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (2 x 3.1") is useless. Three would suffice, except many 9mm loadings are "hot" +p or +p+ and go through a lot more paper than that.

  • that makes me think that maybe humanity isn't going in the right direction and makes me reconsider if it's really worth saving. :(

    • that makes me think that maybe humanity isn't going in the right direction and makes me reconsider if it's really worth saving. :(

      Are you referring to the act in question, or the large number of posts here which indicate the people commenting may be sociopathic to one degree or another?

      This is a sad, tragic event. Yes, it was really stupid... but most people can look back and find at least one breathtakingly stupid thing they've done during their lives. I can certainly think of a couple really dumb things I did while driving, at a younger age.

  • This seems like a terrible idea even if books were a great deal more hardback than they actually are: even if the book resists penetration, it doesn't magically annihilate the kinetic energy involved; just spreads it over a somewhat larger area.

    Taking ~2,000j to a small rectangular region of your chest(while offering better odds than taking the same amount of energy directly from the bullet) does not sound like a good time. You might just break rib or two; but there's lot of important soft tissue there:
  • by gurps_npc ( 621217 ) on Sunday July 02, 2017 @03:24PM (#54731075) Homepage

    First, you use a freaking blank in the gun for something as inconsequential as a Youtube video. This isn't a Mythbusters tv show.

    Second, if it were something more important than a Youtube, then you do a TEST fire first.

    Third, you still freaking use a blank. There is no media police checking to see if you used a real bullet.

You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?

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