While video games have long been used as an escape from life, there are few instances where that sentiment is more tragic than a recent crime in Seattle.

On August 17th, 18-year-old Tyler Savage led police to the body of a developmentally disabled teenage girl, whom Savage admitted to killing then raping. After hiding the body, Savage went to a neighbor's house and logged into Dungeons & Dragons Online. Savage wanted to be a video game tester, and told the police he spent many hours gaming every day. He claimed that playing DDO helped him to forget his crime, a crime to which he has since pleaded "not guilty." Detectives are trying to figure out if he was trying to enact a game fantasy in real life, although Savage's defense attorney claims that this is "pure speculation."

Savage's victim was a participant in the Special Olympics and had known him for two years. If convicted, Savage could receive the death penalty.

This article was originally published on Massively.
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