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[[caption-width-right:350:Can't wait to see the analytics for this site.]]

A killer kidnaps a victim, imprisons them and then webcasts their murder onto the Internet. Sometimes the victim's fate is linked to number of hits the website receives: either the victim will be killed when a certain number of hits are achieved, or the more hits received, the faster they die.

An example of NewMediaAreEvil. Compare SnuffFilm.

[[IThoughtItMeant Nothing to do with]] trying to kill anyone from ''Series/ThirtyRock''.

And to save the morbidly curious some time, [[http://www.murder.com murder.com]] is a site for fans of murder mystery books and games.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ZombieLoan''
* ''Manga/DetectiveAcademyQ''
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' TV series "Innocent as a Human"
* ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' includes an absolutely ''sickening'' variant later on. [[spoiler:More of a Gangrape.com though.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story set during the "Democracy" arc had a perp kidnap a neighbor and broadcast himself to all of Mega-City One, inviting the viewers to phone in and decide which of two increasingly painful and gory torture methods should be applied, culminating in the viewers choosing how the guy should die. There was always the option to vote to free him, but [[CrapsackWorld naturally]], [[HumansAreBastards nobody ever chose that option]].
* The first storyline in the 2011 relaunch of ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' has Rush stream his gang hunting a captured Green Arrow live onto the internet.
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', Arcade loads the videos of the teenagers killing each other on to the internet.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/FearDotCom'' tied it into a ghost story.
* ''Film/{{Untraceable}}'', including "the more people watch it, the faster people die" element. [[IdiotBall So naturally the FBI gave out the web address at a press conference.]] As well as the fact that, in the police headquarters, every single computer is also logged on to the site. Would it have killed them to confine it to a single screen?
* ''Film/MyLittleEye'', although here the subjects aren't kidnapped; they've been told they're on a reality internet show about living in isolation. In reality, they're in [[SnuffFilm snuff]].
* The movie ''Film/TheCondemned'' broadcasts a DeadlyGame over the internet.
* The {{anvilicious}} Sick Room in ''Film/CradleOfFear'', where the site's visitors can determine how victims die, for a fee, but are at risk of becoming victims themselves if they don't pay up...
* Near the end of the Spike Lee film ''{{Bamboozled}}'', [[spoiler:Mantan, the popular (black) minstrel performer, gets shot to death by a group of black radicals. The radicals webcast the murder live.]]
* ''Snuff-Movie'' is a 2005 gothic horror film by British director Bernard Rose. It stars Jeroen Krabbe as a horror film maker named Boris Arkadin, whose pregnant wife was brutally murdered by a Manson like gang of hippy psychopaths during the 1960s. Because of this he has become a recluse, until, several years later, he makes a come-back and invites some actors to a large mansion in the English countryside to 'audition' for his new film. But unknown to them they are being filmed by hidden cameras linked to a 'snuff' website.
* In ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'', Sid 6.7, a serial killer personalty construct originally in a virtual reality system has figured a way to escape into the real world, takes over a TV studio and announces "Death TV" where the viewers get to vote by telephone on which member(s) of the studio audience dies.
* In ''Film/KickAss'', Frank D'Amico plans to stream the execution of [[spoiler: Kick-Ass and Big Daddy]] live on the internet.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', the villain gives away the identities of several undercover agents, causing them to be captured, with their executions released on Youtube.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the short story "More Tomorrow" by Creator/MichaelMarshallSmith, an abusive boyfriend forces a woman to pose for erotic pictures which he posts online...then the story ends with the next picture being titled "pretty_amputee".
* In ''Literature/CherubSeries'' novel ''Man vs Beast'' by Robert Muchamore. An [[AnimalWrongsGroup extremist animal rights group]] intends to kill a TV chef by making him drink a very dangerous cleaning liquid and then broadcasting that over the Internet for everyone to watch.
* In ''TheSubjectSteve'', there is a variant of this near the end. It is described as "a revolutionary media space that binds together the most innovative aspects of gaming, spectacle, democracy and commerce."
* This is the new internet porn in ''OryxAndCrake''.
* Mick Garris' short story "Tyler's Third Act" starts out as the eponymous character hosting a web show where he mutilates himself for a paying audience. After meeting a woman who [[NightmareFetishist has a fetish for such things]], Tyler mutilates himself further until the "Third Act" wherein, being reduced to a head and torso, he will be killed for his audience as part of a grand finale.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' "Homicide.com": Quite possibly the TropeMaker here.
** ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' "The Mikado" came about a year before the "Homicide" episode. They may be sibling TropeMakers.
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'' "Party Girl"
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** In "Revelations" the "[[SplitPersonality murderers]]" post videos of murders to strike fear into the hearts of "sinners", and is [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrified]] when they mistake them for viral marketing for the latest horror movie.
** Also "P911", though the unsub wasn't necessarily intending to kill the boy.
** And "The Internet Is Forever".
* Season 4 of ''Series/TwentyFour'' starts with terrorists advertising they will kill a senator they kidnapped, [[spoiler:as a EvilPlan to overload the Internet with viewers which would cause the safety systems at nuclear power plants to crash.]]
* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' "Killer Chat"
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "Grave Danger": Nick Stokes is buried alive and the killer establishes a webcam link between the coffin an CSI. However, whenever the webcam is activated, the ventilation keeping Nick alive turns off.
** ''AlarmFurCobra11'' did its own version of the same plot: "Begraben" ("Buried")
** ''Series/CSINewYork'' features an aversion - sure, there's a scary serial killer, but his site's password protected, [[CriminalMindGames and you have to find out using real life evidence]].
** ''Series/CSICyber'' did this in its fifth episode, "Crowd Sourced," with a bomb. A bomb was linked to the number of views of a website; if it hit one million, the bomb would go off. When the FBI discovered the place where it was setup, it turned out to be a trap that lowered the number to 750,000.
* ''Series/TheLastDetective'' "Dangerous Liaisons" as part of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for the murderer's sister being killed in a SnuffFilm years before.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' "Weeping Willow" (although here the crime is kidnapping, not murder, and it's clearly based on ''LonelyGirl15''.)
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' "Murder 2.0". Video footage of the victims is uploaded to a thinly-veiled FictionalCounterpart of [=YouTube=], intercut music-video style with other clips which provide clues for the team to follow.
* An episode of season 8 of ''{{Spooks}}'' had a group of eco-terrorists kidnap a load of high-powered buisness man and host a live trial on the internet whether the businesses were unethical. If the internet voted them guilty, their execution would be streamed live.
* ''Series/{{Tracker}}'' had an episode that involved a kidnapped girl in a tank of water that was slowly filling up. Possibly a subversion in that the kidnap turned out to be a setup by the girl to get money from her father.
* The two "Truth Terrorist" sites, one for each country, in ''Series/BronBroen''.
* ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', "Rear Windows 98". Dr. Bently witnesses a murder on someone's webcam, and the killer subjects her to identity theft before making an attempt on her life. Dr. Sloan sees this as an attempt to kill her twice; once online by destroying her identity and once in real life.
* ''Series/{{Endgame}}'' offers a variant on the theme. Arkady is forced to play chess with an opponent online, and every time he looses a hostage dies. Only catch, he is playing against a computer that grows better the more he play.
** This is an ironic case where the computer isn't [[MagicalComputer magic enough]]. Realistically no matter how good he is Arkady couldn't win against a modern chess computer. And yet the computer also couldn't learn or grow better the more he plays against it, which is *far* harder logic to write then the logic computers use for winning chess.
* Series/JudgeJohnDeed once presided over the trial of a contestant from a very thinly-veiled ''Series/BigBrother'' stand-in who murdered a fellow inmate.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker briefly thinks of doing this (or at least floats the idea around) in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''.
* In ''DevilSurvivor2'', [[MeaningfulName Nicaea]] shows videos of death... BEFORE they happen. [[spoiler: It's so you can prevent it.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' had resident murderous psychopath Nice Pete take the concept one further by having the murder be tied to an automatic device controlled by web poll.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Filming the execution of one's enemies and releasing the video onto the internet is a popular tactic among terrorists, insurgents, and criminals, intended to sow fear in their opposition while establishing their credibility as warriors or badasses. So-called "beheading videos" were not uncommon during the war in Iraq, while the Mexican drug cartels have also taken to doing this.
* SaddamHussein's execution was recorded on a cell phone camera and posted online.
* The website [[http://www.savetoby.com/ Save Toby]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming inverted]] [[InvertedTrope this trope]].
* Domus Mortem (supposedly viral marketing but most DEFINITELY fake), featuring a poll that was open for a month for people to decide whether a cat should live or not. The "live" footage was prerecorded footage on a loop and despite the overwhelming majority of votes in favor of saving the cat, the votes to the contrary were artificially inflated and they "killed" the cat anyways. [[YouBastard And then the stream showed a woman tied up to a chair...]]
* Some of Mars One's detractors have suggested that this is the probable result in the frankly rather unlikely event of them actually succeeding in putting anyone on Mars, what with the complete lack of any way for the astronauts to return home and the whole thing being rather fuzzy on a lot of important details.
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