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‘Second Life” gets life of its own.

By Newsgroup Usenet August 24th, 2008

A North Carolina woman allegedly drove hundreds of miles to Delaware and posed as a postal worker for several days, all as part of an unsuccessful plot to abduct her online ex-boyfriend.

Kimberly Jernigan, 33, of Durham, N.C., and her ex-boyfriend, a 52-year-old resident of Claymont, Del., met through the online community “Second Life,” where users can create virtual lives and interact with other members. Jernigan and the man met in person and he broke off the relationship.

Two weeks ago, Jernigan went to the man’s job and tried to abduct him. She pointed a weapon at him and tried to get him into her car.On Monday, Jernigan, a North Carolina postal worker, returned to the area and found out the man had moved.

She spent four days finding out the victim’s address and then broke into her ex-boyfriend’s apartment and waited for him to return.

Police found Jernigan’s dog, Gogi, in the bathroom. The Irish setter/ lab mixed-breed dog was bound with duct tape.

“The dog was making too much noise, so she bound the dog with the duct tape she brought along to bound her ex-boyfriend,” Navarro said.

The Delaware SPCA took the dog.

Jernigan was arrested about an hour later at a rest stop in Maryland, police said.

“She had handcuffs, duct tape and a Taser,” Navarro said. “It’s pretty bizarre. We haven’t seen anything like this in the past.”

Police said Jernigan will face kidnapping and burglary charges.