Ending a relationship, neoGothic horror style. First, the discovery of the body:
[O]n September 1, a couple alerted police after discovering what appeared to be a corpse while walking their dog. The body had been wrapped in a bag and bound around the neck, waist and ankles. A head of black hair protruded from one end of the bag.
Police retrieved the body and immediately launched a criminal investigation.
Sounds like a classic sexual violence murder. Could be the opening of any murder mystery. But then there's the uncanny valley, technological creepiness aspect:
they realized it was actually a state-of-the-art sex doll.
Was it a prank, and art stunt? Not quite. Something sadder, and yet also novelistic:
(thanks to Aaron Schmidt)