He knew Clementi’s first name and that his last name started with C; he also knew his e-mail address, [email protected]—apparently, a distillation of musical terms—and had e-mailed him but received no reply. This guy is retarded.” Ravi showed Tam a link to a page on a health forum where, three years earlier, Keybowvio had asked why his asthma symptoms had suddenly worsened, noting that he had prescriptions for Advair and Singulair. In these old posts, at least, Keybowvio—who was indeed Tyler Clementi—seemed worried or defensive about computing.Late that night, according to instant-message communications released by attorneys into the public record, Ravi Googled “keybowvio.” This set in motion a remote, electronic dynamic between the two students that was never quite overtaken by real-world engagement—even after they moved into a tiny room together. Ravi mocked his roommate for “asking if he should boot linux everytime he surfs internet.”Just before midnight, Ravi wrote to Tam: “ / He’s gay.” He had found Keybowvio’s name on Justusboys, a gay-pornography site that also has discussion areas.Keybowvio noted that his electronic folders were fastidiously organized; perhaps jokingly, he added, “i have ocd.”In the next few minutes, Ravi wrote “wtf”—“what the fuck”—seven times.He posted a link to the Justusboys page on his Twitter account: “Found out my roommate is gay.”But when Tam asked “why do gaypornsites even have forums,” Ravi laughed—“hahaha”—and wrote, “it’s just a gay forum.” That sounds like at least a stab at worldliness, and Ravi seems to have found it easy to drop the subject of Keybowvio’s apparent homosexuality. ” Ravi wrote, “I feel bad for him.”At six minutes past midnight, Tam offered Ravi a summary.
That September, Tyler Clementi and Ravi were freshman roommates at Rutgers University, in a dormitory three miles from the courtroom.Bias intimidation is a sentence-booster that attaches itself to an underlying crime—usually, a violent one.Here the allegation, linked to snooping, is either that Ravi intended to harass Clementi because he was gay or that Clementi felt he’d been harassed for being gay.Yay.” Two days later, Ravi tried to set up another viewing.The day after that, Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge.