Melchert-Dinkel, Drybrough and Kajouji

Rideau River
Photo by Earl Andrew

William Francis Melchert-Dinkel (born July 20, 1962) is an American former licensed practical nurse (LPN). In 2011, he was found guilty of encouraging people to die by suicide [3][4][5][6][7] He allegedly [was convicted, actually, see below] told those contemplating suicide what methods worked best, that it was a decent choice to take your own life, that they would be better off in heaven, and/or falsely entered into suicide pacts with them.[5][8] He is a married father of two.[9][10]
Melchert-Dinkel was originally convicted of two counts of assisting suicide for encouraging the July 27, 2005 suicide of 32-year-old Mark Drybrough,[11] a British IT technician, and the March 9, 2008 suicide of 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji, a student at Carleton University in Ottaw, Ontario, Canada via Internet chat rooms.[5] 
Those convictions were later overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court when it found that part of the state law used to convict him was unconstitutional. On remand, Melchert-Dinkel was convicted on one count of assisting suicide, and one count of attempted assisting suicide.
He served 178 days in jail and will be on probation for ten years.[12]  
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