Sharon Lopatka homicide

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Sharon Rina Lopatka (September 20, 1961 – October 1996) was an Internet entrepreneur in Hampstead, Maryland, United States, who was killed in a case of apparent consensual homicide.wikipedia
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Consensual homicide

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Sharon Rina Lopatka (September 20, 1961 – October 1996) was an Internet entrepreneur in Hampstead, Maryland, United States, who was killed in a case of apparent consensual homicide.
In 1996 a Maryland entrepreneur named Sharon Lopatka arranged for her own torture and strangulation over the Internet.

Downloading Nancy

The case inspired a 2008 film, Downloading Nancy, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and had a wider release in 2009.
It is loosely based on the death of Sharon Lopatka, who sought out someone who would torture her to death.

Internet homicide

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For example, in 1996, a Maryland woman, Sharon Lopatka, apparently agreed to be killed by torture and strangulation in a conversation with a man in an online chatroom.

Hampstead, Maryland

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Sharon Rina Lopatka (September 20, 1961 – October 1996) was an Internet entrepreneur in Hampstead, Maryland, United States, who was killed in a case of apparent consensual homicide. Graduating from Pikesville High School in 1979, Lopatka married construction worker Victor in Ellicott City, Maryland, in 1991, and moved with him to a ranch-esque tract house in Hampstead, Maryland, in the early 1990s.

Torture

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Lopatka was tortured and strangled to death on October 16, 1996, by Robert "Bobby" Frederick Glass, a computer analyst from North Carolina.

Strangling

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Lopatka was tortured and strangled to death on October 16, 1996, by Robert "Bobby" Frederick Glass, a computer analyst from North Carolina.

North Carolina

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Lopatka was tortured and strangled to death on October 16, 1996, by Robert "Bobby" Frederick Glass, a computer analyst from North Carolina.

Paraphilia

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The apparent purpose was mutual sexual gratification.

Orthodox Judaism

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Sharon Lopatka was the first of four daughters born to Orthodox Jewish parents Mr. and Mrs. Abraham J. Denburg.

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They were members of the Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Abraham being a cantor at the synagogue.

Cantor

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They were members of the Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Abraham being a cantor at the synagogue.

Baltimore

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Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Sharon was seen by her classmates "as normal as you can get", wrote The News & Observer, and was a part of sport teams and her school's choir club.

The News & Observer

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Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Sharon was seen by her classmates "as normal as you can get", wrote The News & Observer, and was a part of sport teams and her school's choir club.

Pikesville High School

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Graduating from Pikesville High School in 1979, Lopatka married construction worker Victor in Ellicott City, Maryland, in 1991, and moved with him to a ranch-esque tract house in Hampstead, Maryland, in the early 1990s.

Ellicott City, Maryland

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Graduating from Pikesville High School in 1979, Lopatka married construction worker Victor in Ellicott City, Maryland, in 1991, and moved with him to a ranch-esque tract house in Hampstead, Maryland, in the early 1990s.

Tract housing

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Graduating from Pikesville High School in 1979, Lopatka married construction worker Victor in Ellicott City, Maryland, in 1991, and moved with him to a ranch-esque tract house in Hampstead, Maryland, in the early 1990s.

Online advertising

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In 1995 Lopatka started doing online advertising businesses from her Ellicott City home in order to make additional money.

Copywriting

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She was paid $50 per advertisement rewriting ad copy her business titled "Classified Concepts".

Psychic reading

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She ran several websites for distributing psychic readings, also garnering a percentage of the money from sales of other services with premium-rate telephone numbers advertised on her websites.

Premium-rate telephone number

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She ran several websites for distributing psychic readings, also garnering a percentage of the money from sales of other services with premium-rate telephone numbers advertised on her websites.

Undergarment

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She sold her undergarments, an advertisement for them reading, "Is there anyone out there interested in buying my worn panties..."

Persona

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Lopatka went under more pseudonyms and personas when on pornographic chat rooms of sites like fetishfeet.com and sexbondage.com that had members with fetishes such as necrophilia, bondage and sadomasochism.

Chat room

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Lopatka went under more pseudonyms and personas when on pornographic chat rooms of sites like fetishfeet.com and sexbondage.com that had members with fetishes such as necrophilia, bondage and sadomasochism.

Sexual fetishism

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Lopatka went under more pseudonyms and personas when on pornographic chat rooms of sites like fetishfeet.com and sexbondage.com that had members with fetishes such as necrophilia, bondage and sadomasochism.