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January 8, 2014
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Game Developer Murders Family for Failed Gaming Success

   The co-creator of Tetris, Vladimir Pokhilko brutally murdered his family because he did not receive money from the games’ success.   Pokhilko made a final attempt for fame and riches with the creation of a program similar to that of an e-commerce firm, but investors showed no interest in his idea. In efforts to gain support, Pokhilko went on tour in 1998 with the hopes of landing $10 million in new capital.   When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade…right? Not Pokhilko. Instead the Russian scientist fell into more financial problems and feared that he would be fired. Several months later on September 22, 1998 inside his Palo Alto, California home, Pokhilko, 44, viciously clubbed his wife Elena Fedotova, 38, and their 12-year-old son, Peter, with a hammer and stabbed them both to death. He eventually took his own life with a slash to his throat. Pokhilko was pronounced dead on his son’s bedroom floor.   Image: ranker.com/ Source: Forbes.com   @sara-leerowe    

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