Yes it's happening again." But the show never aired.
"I turned off and unplugged his computer, went crazy looking for other hidden cams...then had a great time," Clementi told his buddies.
One of them advised him: "You may want to take a screencap of his twitter feed if you want to go the legal route just so you have some evidence of his activity." Clementi replied: "haha already there baby." Now the screen capture of Ravi's feed is all over the Internet.
Below the messages, an administrator has written: "This could possibly be evidence in this whole sorry situation. Through a network, I can see most of what's on her machine. Next to her computer is a laptop with a built-in webcam.
Because of this I am locking this thread…" Somebody, presumably Ravi, has tried to delete his Twitter feed. One thing in this sorry tale can never be erased, and that's Clementi's suicide. I'm writing it from research files stored on a hard drive. I didn't ask for the webcam, and it's never been activated, as far as I know. At Rutgers, students are acting like it's still the 1960s.
He announced it—"jumping off the gw bridge sorry"—on Facebook. On Wednesday, a bunch of them lay down in front of the student center to protest Clementi's death.
Like countless college freshmen before him, he needed a place to make out, but he had a roommate. A day later, Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge and died. His Facebook photo is an obvious webcam product, and a highly NSFW webcam page at cam4apparently shows lots more of him. You'd think a guy peeping at his roommate through a webcam would understand how public the Internet can be. "Roommate asked for the room till midnight," he typed. It was an amused, derisive message, the kind of mean thing you might say to a friend in private. Within two days, a user named cit2mo—apparently Clementi's alias—was telling friends at justusboys.com, a gay Web forum, what Ravi had said. "He tweeted that I was using the room (which is obnoxious enough), AND that he went into somebody else's room and remotely turned on his webcam and saw me making out with a guy." Clementi went on to describe the responses from Ravi's friends. For the three days of their cat-and-mouse game, the roommates never saw each other in person.
So he asked his roommate to clear out of their Rutgers dorm room for a couple of hours. Beyond the tweets and the webcam lies a convoluted tale of gay message boards, online masturbation, and a suicide announced on Facebook. But today's freshmen are grappling with something much stranger than being gay. When Clementi wanted Ravi to vacate the room for another tryst, he texted him.
That's how Ravi got back into the room, according to police. He just tapped into the webcam from a friend's computer down the hall. Ravi tweeted his discovery, inviting 148 of his closest friends to access the webcam. So, three weeks into college, Clementi invited a man to his dorm room. Meanwhile, Ravi was watching him from a computer down the hall. Yay." Then Ravi hit a button, posting the message to Twitter.What stands out is how ill-equipped these young men were, despite their technological savvy, for life in a digital world. They're growing up in a world where people are with you even when they aren't. But now Clementi knew which door to shut—and which window in cyberspace would show him what Ravi was up to.When I was a freshman, if your roommate left the room, you were alone. On justusboys.com, Clementi reported: "When I got back to the room I instantly noticed he had turned the webcam toward my bed. That's why we relate to people who are physically present. He was thinking about being there, in that room, with that man. Like the rest of us, he was designed for life in a material world.And he had posted online again [saying] 'anyone want a free show just video chat me tonight'..." Ravi's exact tweet was: "Anyone with i Chat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of and 12.