If Ravi accepted the plea offer, he would serve no more than five years. Ravi said yes, in an unexpectedly high voice, and gave a reflexive smile. On a Saturday night in August, 2010, a week before starting college, Dharun Ravi decided to look online for his future Rutgers roommate. Ravi, who was planning to major in math and economics, had learned that he had been assigned to Davidson Hall—a collection of single-story, barracks-like dorms on Busch campus, which is considered the dullest of the four Rutgers campuses in New Brunswick and neighboring Piscataway.He would be in Davidson Hall C, a coed dorm for about eighty students. Ravi had found some of Keybowvio’s posts on a Yahoo forum: something about fish tanks, Ravi told Tam, and something else “pertaining to violins.” If, with “pertaining,” Ravi was aiming for sly disdain, Tam struck a different note: “I’m calling it now. ” (“What a pussy,” Tam wrote.) Ravi and Tam also found questions about anti-virus software and contributions to a Web site of counter-revolutionary peevishness called Anythingbutipod.” as a computer password and played on an Ultimate Frisbee team. In a windowless room, he sat between two lawyers, wearing a black suit and a gray striped tie. Although he is only nineteen, he has a peculiarly large-featured, fully adult face, and vaguely resembles Sacha Baron Cohen.At the time of his high-school graduation, in 2010, his parents bought space in the West Windsor and Plainsboro High School North yearbook. When Ravi is seen in high-school photographs with a five-o’clock shadow, he looks like an impostor.A few weeks into the semester, Ravi and another new student, Molly Wei, used a webcam to secretly watch Clementi in an embrace with a young man.Ravi gossiped about him on Twitter: “I saw him making out with a dude.
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.
CNN claimed that Clementi’s room had “become a prison” to him in the days before his death.
Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese company that turns tabloid stories into cartoons, depicted Ravi and Wei reeling from the sight of Clementi having sex under a blanket.
Clementi’s death became an international news story, fusing parental anxieties about the hidden worlds of teen-age computing, teen-age sex, and teen-age unkindness.
ABC News and others reported that a sex tape had been posted on the Internet.