We’ve all done our share of Internet searching, stalking, and creeping. But a few social media experts have taken it a step further: they’ve used their online profiles to kill. In a world ruled by digital communication, posting the wrong status update can be fatal. These are the thirteen most ridiculous cases of social networking turned deadly.
Deaths caused by social media? No, we don’t mean choking on your pizza while cruising Facebook. These social media deaths were caused by everything from relationship status changes on Facebook to cat-fishing at its best/worst to real murderers who found victims online. These are some of the most deranged and crazy things people have done on social media sites. (Oh, and Craigslist doesn’t count because that’s not as much of a social network as it is a cesspool.) Are murders the newest and most dangers social media trend? You have to read to find out! Enjoy.
Dad Murders Ex-Wife To Stop Her Child Support FB Posts
This story shows firsthand that a social media platform is an open communication network that offers the chance for all people, (even the insane ones) to have a voice. One evening, after reading some particularly passive-aggressive, child-support-related comments from his Ex-Wife, Adam Dunn beat her with a hammer before ultimately slashing her neck. Then he left her body for the couple’s five-year-old son to discover the next day. Dunn’s son phoned his grandparents to tell them what he discovered, and they ultimately called the police.
Wife Killed For Changing FB Status To Single
Even adults can succumb to the ugliness that is cyber jealousy. One day, Edward Richardson’s 26 year-old wife, Sarah, decided to change her relationship status from ‘married’ to ‘single.’ Now, this would probably anger most married men – but since this couple was already separated, she probably didn’t see it as a big deal. Edward Richardson felt differently.
After their separation, Sarah decided to move back in with her parents, probably to get her bearings, comprehend her relationship choices, and to get a little space. Unfortunately for her, Edward didn’t recognize this need for space, and he snuck into her parents house. After he got into the house, he killed her while she slept. And if all that wasn’t already a monstrous overreaction to a Facebook status change, Edward ended up killing himself following the murder.
Another friendly reminder to think about the people that might see your online activity before you go from “in a relationship,” to “it’s comlicated.”
Being Grounded From MySpace Drives Teen To Shoot His Dad
When a normal 15-year-old is forbidden to use his favorite social networking site, they might choose to go outside and play with their friends, or interact with the real world. But when, decidedly not-normal, 15-year-old Hughstan Schlicker’s parents threatened to ban him from using MySpace, he killed his dad with a 12-gauge shotgun.
To the father’s credit, the kid had been threatening to kill himself for weeks on MySpace. While that is a good enough reason to take his internet away, it may have actually been a great warning sign that the kid had some serious issues. As it turned out, taking away his internet was not a super helpful punishment.
On the unfortunate day in question, he stayed home from school, specifically to kill himself and his father. He decided that if his father was going to take away his internet, he was going to take both of their lives.
His dad got home early from work, so Hughstan went into the kitchen and shot him in the back of the head. He then called a friend who convinced him to turn himself in instead of killing himself. Schlicker was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
His father definitely should have taken more preventive measures, because he might have been able to save himself, and secure his child’s future.
Facebook Love Triangle Results In High-Speed Car Chase, Death
You’d think a Facebook feud couldn’t lead to much worse than some unflattering tags and a few deleted wall posts. At the very worst, a normal person might have to delete her profile, start a new one, and have to spam her friends to recognize her.
Well, for Torrie Lynn Emery, 23, and Danielle Booth, 20, it led to a deadly high-speed car chase.
The two women had been fighting on Facebook for months over a guy that was in prison at the time. When Torrie saw Danielle driving with a friend, she pursued them across town. She rammed their car several times until the other car’s driver, Alesha Abernathy, ran a red light and was hit by a truck. Abernathy died instantly. Oh, also, Torrie’s three year-old kid was in the backseat of her own car the whole time.
Tracy Emery, Torrie’s mother, said tearfully, “She made a mistake, but her intentions weren’t to kill nobody. Her intentions were to fight.” All things considered, she probably should have kept that particular fight online, because she might not have been looking at a second-degree murder charge.
Ex-Girlfriend Gets Murderous Over MySpace Photos
Sarah Ludemann and Rachel Wade had a particularly vicious Internet battle. In the months leading up to her murder, new girlfriend Sarah kept posting gloating photos of herself with her new boyfriend Josh, even though his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, repeatedly asked her to stop. The two girls were harassing each other for months, by dropping threatening F-bombs into each others’ voicemails
This particular voicemail transcript was played during the trial: “Please tell me Sarah why you would be a dumb-a** c*nt and put a brand new picture of you and Josh at the beach on your MySpace. Seriously, I told you to watch your f*cking back and not to f*cking chill with him. I’m guaranteeing you that I’m going to f*cking murder you, I’m letting you know that now.”
So following-up on her promise, one night, Sarah went over to Rachel’s house to taunt her a little more. After some squabbling, Rachel stabbed her in the chest with a kitchen knife, and watched her bleed out. According to the prosecutor the attack was, “so violent that the knife blade was bent.”
After being sentenced to 27 years in prison, Rachel revised her stance on cyber ‘communication’: “It’s almost like you can threaten something or say whatever you want and possibly scare them and you don’t have to face them at that moment.”
The best thing to do would have been to bury the hatchet for good, and just move on. Instead, Rachel was sentenced to 27 years in prison for second-degree murder.
Creepy Facebook Death Lists Kill Off Colombian Teens
This one’s a little convoluted in its madness.
When three Colombian teens were found shot to death without any obvious reason, it was just the beginning of a digital reign of terror. Get this: Five days later, the names of the dead teens showed up on a mysterious Facebook ‘death list.’
When another teenager named on the list was killed three days later, more lists were posted, and leaflets were placed on cars asking the families of kids on the list to leave town within three days or see their children killed.
“Need to protect our youth,” a local named Juan David Sepulveda Tweeted at the time, but the police — aside from suspecting gang activity — were at a loss. Was it a cruel prank? A twisted social-media-savvy serial killer? To this day, nobody knows – at least no one willing to speak up. The killings stopped after most of the kids on the ‘death lists’ fled town.
Man Tweets About Killing His BFF
Childhood friends Jameg Blake and Kwame Dancy had been exchanging heated 140-character insults on Twitter for days over a woman both men liked. It’s hard to image someone becoming so enraged over a series of tweets that they would take someone else’s life, but here we are.
Just hours before a fatal confrontation in the luxury NYC high-rise where the 22 year-olds lived on the same floor, Kwame taunted Jameg online. He tweeted, “N****a is lookin for you don’t think I won’t give up ya address for a price betta chill asap!”
Instead of taking a breath and figuring out the situation, Jameg used a shotgun to shoot his former BFF in the neck, killing him. Immediately after the murder, he tweeted, “R.I.P. Kwame.”
Kwame’s mom, Madeline Smith, was (understandably) pretty freaked. “That’s not a reason to shoot somebody. That’s crazy. I don’t know what’s going on with that Twitter thing.” Blake pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Kwame’s mom also said, “I hope my son’s face haunts you for the rest of your life.”
Teen Kills Girlfriend Over MySpace Comment
It was New Year’s Eve, and most teens were busy spending time with their loved ones, ringing in the new year. In Burien, WA, seasoned 16 year-old criminal Matthew Dubois was arguing with his 15 year-old girlfriend, Mikarah “Tinky” Sanders, over a comment another boy had posted to her MySpace page.
Matthew had a youthful record already spotted with theft, burglary, assault, and witness intimidation. He was so utterly thrown by the comment that, by midnight, he’d taken a .547 handgun and shot his girlfriend in the face.
It was then that Matthew had an idea, an idea that included shooting himself in the shoulder. He had this plan of blaming his girlfriend’s murder on an imaginary ‘gang member,’ thus clearing his own name forever… But wouldn’t you know it? His master plan backfired spectacularly. Matthew was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Teen Gang Plans Public Murder On Facebook Chat
When a teenage gang of 20 budding sociopaths in London decided to kill rival 15 year-old, Sofyen Belamouadden, they planned the attack online. Of course leaving behind an accessible trail of evidence is never smart, but you’ll soon learn just how reckless these teens were.
Further taking the ‘public sharing’ theme to absurd levels, the gang decided to hack Sofyen to death while hundreds of people watched. Armed with an eclectic assortment of weapons, from samurai swords and machetes to Swiss Army knives and screwdrivers, the teens chased Sofyen across busy Victoria Tube Station before stabbing, cutting, kicking, and punching him to death in front of hundreds of onlookers.
Since the whole massacre took place in a public space – a subway station – it was captured on CCTV, which made the whole whodunit aspect of the criminal trials pretty easy to figure out. In the end, three of the savage criminals were convicted of murder, five of manslaughter, and nine on lesser chargers.
Man Uses Facebook To Lure His Ex Into A Death Trap
Sarah Elston, 22, was happy and excited to see her ex again. For the first time in months, he contacted her on Facebook to set up a meeting. While Sarah, an artist in Brisbane, was hoping for a romantic reconciliation, her former boyfriend’s intentions were more murderous than amorous.
Police were called to a disturbance at Sarah’s flat and found her mutilated body dead from multiple injuries. Neighbors reported that they had heard loud noises coming from the unit, but didn’t report it sooner because such noise was common in their neighborhood.
So it’s not just internet strangers you have to look out for these days, it’s the people from your past as well. The 28 year-old, Daniel Garcia, was found mentally unfit to stand trial.
Girl Lists ‘Killing People’ Under Facebook Interests; Proceeds To Actually Kill People
Amidst a digital sea of up-to-the-minute status updates, 15 year-old Alyssa Bustamante stood out from the crowd. Her Facebook profile interests even included, ‘killing people.’
And she wasn’t lying… going so far as to dig a shallow grave in advance, Alyssa stabbed her 9 year-old neighbor, Elizabeth Olten, multiple times before slitting her throat. She then hid the little girl’s body. She later reported that she, “wanted to know what it felt like.”
The prosecutor on the case, Mark Richardson had, “argued for life in prison, plus 71 years, accounting for the years Elizabeth lost.”
Alyssa would later show remorse for killing the young, innocent Elizabeth, by stating to Elizabeth’s family and a jury, “I know words can never be enough and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this. If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”
Alyssa pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and armed criminal action. She was sentenced to life in prison with chance of parole for the first charge, and 30 years for the subsequent charge.
Woman Dies In Car Crash After Posting A Smiley Face On Facebook
In 2014, Courtney Ann Sanford crashed her car into a highway median moments after updating her Facebook status with “The happy song makes me HAPPY.”
KTLA 5 reported that one of the drivers involved in the collision saw Sanford’s car cross the median but was unable to maneuver out of the way. It’s hard to imagine why people would continue to use their phones while driving with the countless horrifying stories we hear about it every day.
Dolphin Dies During Mob Selfie
Because everything is terrible, two rare dolphins were pulled out of the ocean in Argentina.
The dolphins were then passed around by a bunch of people on the beach and used as props in the group’s selfies. At least one of the dolphins died during the horrific ploy for Instagram likes by a group of mostly tourists with no respect for nature.
Woman Stabs Boyfriend For Being On Facebook All Day
23-year-old Terri-Marie Palmer stabbed her boyfriend, Damon Searson, after posting a Facebook status saying that her bf was “p***** me off sitting on Facebook, completely blanking me when I’m talking to him.”
In retaliation for her boyfriend’s inattentive attitude while he checked messages on his phone, Palmer promptly stabbed him through the heart with a bread knife, killing him. She then phoned emergency services and attempted to lie, by stating her boyfriend had, “accidentally stabbed himself while they were ‘messing around'” in their caravan.
The hairdresser was found guilty of murder and given a life sentence in prison.
Teen Killed Over Twitter Beef
A few weeks away from graduation, a young man in Indiana was killed as the result of a feud on Twitter. The tension started when Jerrold Parker tweeted at his soon-to-be killer Devin Leggett, saying that he “couldn’t rap.”
Not too long later, Leggett shot Parker multiple times, according to several witnesses. Leggett was charged with murder and carrying a handgun without a license.
17 Year Old Kills Herself After Being Cyber Bullied
Cassandra “Cessi” Porter, a senior at West Side High School in Dayton, Idaho committed suicide after another student set up a Facebook page under a false name encouraging her to kill herself. “They just said terrible, graphic things about her and told her to kill herself,” said her father, Craig Porter.
Prior to her suicide by hanging, Cassandra attempted to commit suicide by overdosing on pills, as a result of the online harassment. Thinking she had recovered and the bullying had ceased, her father went out of town on business. When he returned, Cessi had killed herself.
Man Kidnapped And Murdered Over Facebook Comment
Arun Rao, a 24-year-old man from Bengaluru, India, posted “Hi Shishya” while chatting with one of his friends, Sandeep , on Facebook. “Shishya” means disciple, but in his particular dialect it can mean “camp follower.” Somehow, this sparked an argument between the two, which escalated into tension involving a whole group of men.
A few weeks after making the comment, Arun was approached at his own home, and asked to step outside to talk by Sandeep and his friends. When he didn’t return immediately, his mother went out to look for him. She found him being beaten up by Sandeep and his buddies. He was then kidnapped in front of his mother, placed in a van, and stabbed multiple times in his abdomen. Arun’s brother and his friends ended up going to look for Arun, and they found him bleeding out at Bagalur Cross. Arun died while undergoing treatment at a local Baptist hospital.