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Man Behind Teen Suicide Game Calls Victims 'Waste'

| by Sheena Vasani

The man who invented a suicide game for children told police he was "cleansing society" and considers its victims "biological waste."

"They were dying happy," said Philipp Budeikin, 21, the Daily Mail reports."I was giving them what they didn't have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections."

"There are people -- and there is biological waste," he adds. "Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people."

Police in Russia have charged Budeikin for encouraging at least 16 schoolgirls to kill themselves through his social media game, Blue Whale.

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Over a span of 50 days, Blue Whale's young players are brainwashed while performing a series of tasks or "challenges," from initially watching horror movies to eventually hurting animals or themselves.

Once they immerse themselves in content intentionally presented to put them "in the right mood," those players left remaining are encouraged to take their own lives.

"Philipp told her that life was awful and that it would never get better, that she was not interesting, how her parents didn't need her, that they would never understand her," Anton Breido -- a senior official from the Investigative Committee, the Russian equivalent of the FBI -- says of one victim.

Fortunately, one unidentified girl who had been "selected to  join a small group of teenagers where she was noticed by Philipp" gave up the game. She provided authorities with crucial evidence.

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"I had to watch videos with pictures flicking every two seconds of teenagers jumping off roofs, close ups of bodies, bloodied mouths, pools of blood under bodies," she recalls, adding if she disobeyed, administrators would threaten her. "It was accompanied by very unpleasant, haunting music with screams of animals and pets, and cries like children were being tortured. I felt so awful after watching them I wanted to do something physical to either myself or somebody, to kill, to destroy."

The teens were instructed to delete messages in their accounts, which made it harder for authorities to build a case.

It is estimated hundreds of predominantly female Russian teenagers have since died after joining online death groups inspired by Blue Whale.

Ironically, Budeikin has been receiving dozens of love letters from these smitten teenage girls while in jail.

"Most likely, those young girls who fell in love with Philipp were not receiving enough love and attention from their parents, and this handsome young man from the Internet provided certain support for them and gave that attention they needed," explains psychologist Veronika Matyushina.

Although it cannot be confirmed, KBMT reports it is feared the game is now spreading beyond borders to Europe, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Sources: Daily Mail, KBMT / Photo credit: Joris Louwes/Visual Hunt

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