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Internet Romance Ends With Suicide

July 7, 1999

TOPSHAM, Maine (AP) _ A Missouri man who came to Maine to pursue a relationship with a woman he had met over the Internet died after cutting his neck with a chain saw on her front lawn to prove his love.

James Dinardi, 44, of Columbia, Mo., died at a hospital Monday. Police said he had moved to the area on June 23.

``The distraught individual had met the individual lady on the Internet, started up a romance,″ Police Chief Paul J. Lessard said.

But the woman apparently wanted to end the relationship, so Dinardi drove up to her home, pulled a chain saw from the trunk and cut part of his neck off to show her how much he cared for her, Lessard said.

Police withheld the woman’s name.

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