an avid online gamer from Germany, was found guilty
yesterday of murdering fellow gamer Matthew Pyke from Nottingham.
met Pyke on the Advanced Wars online chat at WarCentral.com, and soon
became obsessed with his girlfriend, Joanna Witton, also a gamer. Last
September Heiss traveled to Nottingham and stabbed Pyke 86 times. He
even tried to write his name on the side of an old computer. Heiss then
returned to Germany, wearing Pyke's baseball cap and shoes.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Heydon told the BBC that Heiss had taken it upon himself "to pre-plan this whole murder as
if he were a strategist on his own computer, really...on his war game."
Heiss was sentenced to no less than 18 years in prison.