Mass Suicide Pact

Man arrested after mass suicide pact e-mail

Oregon police have arrested a man who allegedly sent e-mails trying to arrange a mass suicide on Valentine's Day.

Gerald Krien faces charges of solicitation to commit murder. Officials say as many as 32 people across the country and in Canada may be involved in the plot. Police tell The Oregonian newspaper that participants were going to log on to a Web site on Valentine's Day and simultaneously commit suicide. Detectives learned of the plan from a woman who saw a message on an Internet chat room. They say she told them she agreed to do it, but changed her mind when another woman talked about killing her two kids as well as herself.