Police in Russia are currently investigating a string of teenage suicides that were allegedly sparked by a sinister new social media gamed called ‘Blue Whale’.
Detectives are now looking into the theory that several teenagers took part in the tasks outlined by the game in the run up to their deaths. So far two girls, aged 15 and 16, fell from a 14-storey block of flats, another girl, 15, fell from a fifth floor flat and a 14-year-old girl was hit by a train. So tragic.
The reason they have been linked to the game is due to the notes they left on social media. Yulia Konstantinova, 15, left a note saying ‘end’ shortly after posting a picture of a blue whale. He friend, Veronika Volkova, 16, wrote ‘sense is lost… End’ before she killed herself. Meanwhile two teenage boys were taken in by the police after they filmed the double suicide.
In another area of the country, a school director called the police to say he had received an anonymous call from a student who said she had joined a ‘group of death’ and planned to kill herself soon. The police eventually hunted the girl down who explained that she had joined the game online and had been given tasks by the group. Luckily she didn’t follow the commands, but there are now fears that others have.
Other Russian reports have said teenagers are urged to cut the shape of a whale onto their wrist or leg as well as being commanded to watch horror movies and wake themselves up at 4.20am. On day 50 of the game, teenagers are instructed to kill themselves.
The Russian Investigative Committee is looking into whether the controversial social media game has influenced the suicides:
Investigators checked the scene, the homes of the minors, and interviewed relatives and friends of the victims, to establish the motives.
Particular attention during the investigation of the criminal case will be given to the study of their social media contacts on the internet.
Last year an alleged ringleader named as 21-year-old Philipp Budeikin was detained, and he has been charged with organising eight groups between 2013 and 2016 which ‘promote suicide’. With regards to the case around him, around 15 teenagers committed suicide, while another five were rescued at the last moment. After his arrest it appeared that this issue had died down, but this new game has sparked newfound fear that teenagers are being swayed into playing these sadistic games.
Fingers crossed the police investigation gets to the bottom of who is controlling this Blue Whale game and teenagers are saved from being urged into fulfilling these sinister tasks. It’s just such a waste of a life – RIP to the girls who have passed as a result of it and thoughts go out to the families.
For more sinister viral games, check out this one on the Illuminati.