Social media has played an integral part in the way we communicate and generally interact with each other. Time has allowed us to show the best and worst uses for social media, but what happens when someone uses it for murder?
For some, the thrill of a wide-eyed audience on the other side of the computer screen can cause someone to kill. In the past decade, we’ve seen social media sites like Facebook and Twitter used as a bridge to enact murder. Just last week, a 17-year-old from South Carolina killed a classmate for sending flirty Snapchat messages to his girlfriend. Social media has also captured the harrowing moments in real-time. Before the shooting of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson reached national headlines, descriptions, photos, and videos flooded Twitter the moment the shooting occurred.
Other crimes have been just as gruesome and heart-wrenching. From a mother killing her child and posting it to Facebook, to a reporter losing her life over her Twitter profile, here are some of the biggest social media murders from the past year that will change the way you look at your own digital footprint.
Man Kills Friend For Poking His Wife On Facebook
Richard Rovetto (pictured) lost his life after “poking” his pal’s wife on Facebook. Scott Humphrey and Rovetto got into an argument in a cab about the poking. Humphrey reportedly asked the 29-year-old, “If you’re such a good friend, then why did you poke my missus?” Humphrey then punched Rovetto as the cab was stopped, sending him out of the car and causing him to land on the back of his head. Rovetto died due to severe head trauma. Humphrey was sentenced to four years in jail in October 2014 for the crime. [People]
Spectators Tweet Moment Activist Is Fatally Shot By Police
Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, a protestor carrying flowers in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday, was representing the leftist Popular Alliance honoring the 4th anniversary of the country’s uprising. As Sabbagh headed to Tahrir Square to lay down a wreath of roses, she was shot and died in the arms of her lawyer and friend Sayyed Abu el-Ela. A statement from the Interior Ministry claims police fired the shot after seeing individuals setting off fireworks. The photo below was shared on social media over the weekend. Police plan to launch an investigation into the shooting. [Huffington Post]
Today Shaimaa was killed in Cairo by the brutal police during peaceful demo. This is her dying in her husband’s hand pic.twitter.com/2RiCioixu5
— Ahmed Zahran (@A_Zahran) January 24, 2015
Ismaaiyl Brinsley Assassinates Two NYPD Police Officers
The deaths of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu changed the discourse between Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD. Ismaaiyl Brinsley documented shooting the two officers in their squad car in Brooklyn via Instagram, before taking his own life in Dec. 2014. After dropping a few rap lyrics, Brinsley posted a photo of his murder weapon and later of the blood on his clothes. The photos circulated around the web before the page was shut down by Instagram.
Jaylen Fryberg Warns Victims About Murder Plot Via Twitter
Jaylen Fryberg, known to many as the Washington State shooter, killed four of his friends, including his cousin, before turning the gun on himself in October. After going through a breakup with his girlfriend, it was revealed in November that Fryberg invited all of his victims to lunch at Marysville-Pilchuck High School via text message, but the teen also gave several warnings about his plan on Twitter.
Your gonna piss me off… And then some shits gonna go down and I don’t think you’ll like it…😤😤😤
— Jaylen Fryberg (@frybergj) August 20, 2014
Nate Hatch, one of Jaylen’s cousins, was the only survivor in the shooting.
Man Murders Daughter, Posts Photo On Facebook
In an effort to get his wife to reply to his Facebook messages, Mark Alvin Manliclic, 31, killed his daughter and posted a photo of her lifeless body on Facebook. The incident happened last May when his wife started working in Canada. Manliclic, who lives in the Philippines with seven-year-old Angel Mark Cathlene Manliclic, stabbed her multiple times and slit her throat. Police claim Manliclic went into a tirade after hearing that his wife wouldn’t be returning home. In addition to posting the photo on the site, he also posted a video of his daughter’s death. [IBT Times]
Drug Cartel Kills Citizen Journalist & Posts It On Her Twitter Account
Mexico’s Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio lived her life as a doctor and citizen journalist before she was tracked down and murdered by the drug cartels she reported on in October. Rubio would use the name “Felnia” (Catwoman) to report on the dangerous crimes and gang violence going on in the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas. Police believe she was kidnapped and taken hostage after members from the cartel hacked her Twitter “Miut3,” posting messages that translated to: “Friends and family, my real name is Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, I am a doctor, today my life has come to an end,” and “Shut down your accounts, do not risk your families’ lives as I have done. I ask your forgiveness.” The suspects then posted the above photo of Rubio and another with a gun shot wound to her head. [NY Daily News]
Teen Stabs Best Friend 65 Times For Posting Naked Selfies On Facebook
Mexican student Anel Baez lost her life last March after her close friend killed her for posting naked selfies they took together on Facebook. Mexican teen Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez, 16, was arrested after she attended Baez’s funeral. The two were fairly close, with Gutierrez calling Baez her “sister.” Police say Gutierrez invited Baez over to her house to reconcile over the Facebook incident. While the 16-year-old went to use the bathroom, Gutierrez grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her 65 times. She also wrote to her on Twitter: “It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times.”
The teen faces up to seven years in prison for the crime.
Mother Smothers Child, Posts R.I.P Photo To Facebook
Nicole Kelly, a 22-year-old mother from Queens, NY, shocked many after she was arrested for killing her child and later dressing him up to snap a “R.I.P” photo on Facebook. Kelly smothered her 11-month-old son with bed sheets last July, claiming that she couldn’t take care of him anymore. Kelly broke down the whole incident to the police, claiming after she committed the act, she took a long shower. After she realized he stopped breathing, she dressed him up in a white suit and posted a photo of him on Facebook with the caption, “Missing my baby boy so much wish there was some way I could bring him back to life. I feel horrible knowing he passed away Am his Mother I was supposed to protect him I know his spirit will always be around me.” [NY Post]
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