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Woman Names Internet Suspect in Revenge Tale of Torture and Shooting

February 16, 1995

DETROIT (AP) _ A college student’s fantasy account of rape, torture and death posted on the worldwide Internet computer network prompted a similar story naming him as the victim, the Detroit Free Press reported today.

Tanith Tyrr, 25, of Richmond, Calif., a self-described professional writer, said her Internet story was written in retaliation against Jake Baker, a University of Michigan sophomore who was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday.

Baker, 20, who has appealed his Feb. 2 suspension from the university, was being held without bond pending arraignment Friday on a federal charge of interstate transmission of a threat to injure.

Baker, of Boardman, Ohio, was charged because his graphic account carried on the Internet in January contained the name of a woman from a Japanese class he took in the fall. He could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if convicted.

In Tyrr’s story, she confronts Baker on a street, points a gun at him and tortures him before shooting him, the Free Press said.

Federal authorities in California did not return calls asking whether Tyrr might face the same charges as Baker, the newspaper said.

Tyrr, who claims to have written and edited pornography for five years, said she wasn’t worried about being charged. ``I don’t think anyone would think I was serious,″ she said.

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