Distributor Pulls Grand Theft After Murder

Thai teen admits slaying cabbie while re-enacting video game
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2008 4:16 PM CDT
Copies of Grand Theft Auto IV will be pulled from Thai shelves following a copycat killing.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A video-game distributor is pulling Grand Theft Auto IV from shelves in Thailand after a teenager robbed and murdered a cab driver while attempting to re-create his experiences in the game, Reuters reports. The 18-year-old, currently in custody, has shown no signs of mental illness. He faces death by lethal injection if convicted.

"He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," said the chief investigator.