Tonight's episode of Dateline NBC will detail a 2003 murder investigation in which one killer was an RPG fan while the other was an aspiring filmmaker.
According to the Carlisle (PA) Sentinel, Dateline will air its investigation of the murder of Randi Trimble (left), who was stabbed to death in a plot hatched by her husband Brian Trimble (the gamer) and his friend Blaine Norris (the would-be producer). Both are serving life sentences for the crime.
The newspaper report says "...(Brian) Trimble was living a double life steeped in Dungeons and Dragons, violent video games, and the murder plot he was hatching."
The Harrisburg Patriot-News adds more, saying Brian Trimble resented his wife's intrusion on his RPG time and her refusal to allow him to purchase high-tech gadgets. Norris needed money to complete a film project he was working on. They pair conspired to kill Randi for her life insurance money. In fact, the murder was planned to occur on the night of a role-playing campaign that Randi made Brian cancel due to other obligations.
"This is a tough case," said Dateline correspondent Dennis Murphy. "There were no forensics. (the police) knew that Brian Trimble was the link, the video-game player locked forever at 16 years old. Blaine Norris had the nerves to do the killing. And they had to get one guy to flip on the other."