Friday, July 14, 2006

Luke Ryland, the Internet killer

Do you wanna hear a freaky story?

I don't think i've told this story here before. I've been involved, business-wise, with the internet in different ways for over a decade.

In any case, about a decade i was involved with an insider-ish mailing-list (i can't remember even what we called them back then) of internet strategists (my specialty) and web designers and such.

in any case, i'd been participating in the group for a year or so, and then someone announces on the list that they have a new plot-line show on a tv (Homicide: Life on the Street) - and they have this cyber-stalker guy and he has this thing where he meets women on line with webcams, and then he goes over to her place and they get online - in front of the web cam and all - and then he slices their throat live online. And they announce that they are gonna name the guy "Luke Ryland."

That's kinda freaky right. I certainly got freaked out - cos I can only guess that they 'borrowed' my name from that mailing group.

They did a bunch of episodes about it - so if you search for "Luke Ryland" - and 'internet killer" turns up, now you know the backstory. In fact, AFAIK, there just me and internet killer guy - we're the only two people on the internet planet with that name. Which means I know that the internet-killer-creator-person got my name off that list. I used to hate them for it - now i'm not so sure.

Apparently i get killed off:
"Sheppard and Bayliss await the trial of Luke Ryland, the Internet killer. A number of delays keep the hearing from being held; the last time it is because Danvers can't make it due to being held up in another trial. Because of a technicality in the law, Ryland is set free. Bayliss is outraged and winds up pushing Danvers, who later threatens to put Bayliss up on charges. Gee's daughter Teresa arrives, to help with the celebration of her father's promotion. Gee asks Bayliss to apologize to Danvers and Bayliss declines. Lewis and Falsone look into the murder of a drug addict whose husband looks like the most probable suspect. The victim's mother-in-law isn't very cooperative and her sister is a nun who thinks her brother-in-law is an architect. Gee worries about whether or not he will be able to perform in his new role as Captain of the property crimes division, later he turns down the promotion. Bayliss and Lewis have words about the way each other handle their memories of the past. Munch and Billie Lou get married, with Gee and Ballard as the witnesses; however, Munch's six weeks of celibacy result in a "premature" end to the wedding night activities. The drug addict's husband is found, questioned and charged; the nun asks to see her brother-in-law, so that she may forgive him for his actions. Lewis reconsiders his position on Sheppard, when his comment about the nun's ability for forgiveness and Falsone's response gets him thinking. Bayliss warns Luke Ryland that he'll be watching him. Ryland says he is leaving town, but Bayliss can always find him on the Internet. Bayliss talks with Munch about Gordon Pratt (the man who shot Bolander, Howard and Felton) and confesses to Munch that he once suspected that Munch might have been the one to kill Pratt. Bayliss also goes to visit Danvers and apologizes. Lewis asks Sheppard to partner with him on a case. Bayliss packs up his things and quietly leaves the Homicide unit. The body found is Luke Ryland's."

9 comments:

rimone said...

lol, great story. i'd be proud but that's just me. :-)

about this: they have this cyber-stalker guy and he has this thing where he meets women on line with webcams, and then he goes over to her place and they get online - with the cam and all - and then he slices their throat.

there's an episode of MillenniuM where there's a variation on that (great show, BTW).

lukery said...

havent seen millenium

(and yeah, i think i'm proud)

damien said...

What are they putting in the water there, Rimone? Such violence! ... I'm going to be very polite from now on.

Don said...

Ok, that's two on the "Women not to piss off under any circumstances" list...

lukery said...

two women?

LeeB said...

I suspect Don is referring to Kathleen, the full-blooded Sicilian . . .

Don is a very smart man. ;-)

lukery said...

ah - that's right.

i'm glad to have them both on my side, that's for sure :-)

rimone said...

lol, y'all. damien (et al), please don't be polite! :-)

i can't recommend this show highly enough--i abhor most pop culture and attempt to avoid it all but as soon as MillenniuM was out on DVD i got all three seasons...fantastic production values and writing; i recommend it very highly.

the main complaint against M was that it was 'too dark' (which cracked me up at the time; i'm thinking 'hey, reality is dark'). anyway, the 2-part 2nd season finale began w/horrificly graphic depictions of a Wisconsin family gathered for dinner and keeling over from a bird flu variant...the ep i 1st noted above had to do w/an internet killer who'd have his victim tied and blindfolded in a chair and on a webcam. when the site reached a particular number of hits he'd previously posted (the viewers could see how close he was getting), he'd kill her onscreen.

um...it's obvious i could gush rhapsodic on this all day. :-)

lukery said...

shit - i wish i'd thought of the hit-counter thing for my show. still, it's only an incremental improvement over the original plot line :-)