Man allegedly strangles son over online gaming addiction

This French father punished his 23-year-old son for his gaming habit in the most unthinkable way possible.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published Apr 24, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 10:22 am CDT

The idea of a parent brutally killing their own child is almost unthinkable, particularly when the cause is a petty agument. But when the Internet is involved, things can get intense.

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Just a week after a South Korean father suffocated his 2-year-old son so he could spend more time playing online computer games, a man in France is accused of strangling his young adult son after he wouldn’t stop playing.

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The 43-year-old father was vacationing in his family’s holiday home in the small town of Luc-sur-Orbieu, France, when he allegedly argued with his 23-year-old son over the son’s online gaming addiction.

French paper Midi Libre reported that the father alerted authorities to the incident on Monday night. The death may have been an accidental strangulation that occurred when the two fought. Police in nearby Lézignan, France, held the man on suspicion of murder Monday night.

In Luc-sur-Orbieu, villagers reacted to the news with consternation and confusion, noting that the family had vacationed in the area for many years without incident. 

Midi Libre also noted that the son had been receiving psychiatric treatment.

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2014, 5:23 pm CDT