The 14 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media Anything
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The 14 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media

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. 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.) Is murder the newest and most dangers social media trend? You have to read to find out! Enjoy.

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    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, one might have to delete her profile, start a new one, and have to do a mass re-Friending-of-shame, right?

    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, natch). When Torrie saw Danielle driving with a friend, she pursued them across town. She rammed their car several times until the others 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.

    The dude they were fighting over had been in jail for over a year. But considering Torrie’s about to be joining him, guess she’s sort of… won? All it took was a little second degree murder.

    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 to flirtatious passive-aggressive Facebook poking.


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    Ex-Girlfriend Gets Murderous Over MySpace Photos

    File this one under ‘Reasons Why Flaunting Your New Relationship on the Internet Might Not Be the Best Idea,’ as it might just lead to you being brutally murdered by your partner’s crazy ex:

    Sarah Ludemann and Rachel Wade had a vicious Internet battle. In the months leading up to her murder, new squeeze Sarah kept posting gloating photos of herself with new boy-toy Josh, even though his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, repeatedly asked her to plz stahp. The two gals played a little harassment cat-and-mouse, dropping threatenings F-bombs into each others' voicemails, and Rachel even punched Sarah in the face a time or two.

    Legit voicemail transcript: "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."

    Apparently, the best reply to this would've been, "Thanks for the heads up, girl!"

    Note: this all probably happened because of this dude's Twilight-caliber abs, or because they liked fighting over who was going to clean his mirror next.

    Anyhoo, 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 was then like, "I'm done."

    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." When you do face them, of course, arming yourself with a kitchen knife is strictly optional.


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    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 straight out of a bad, straight-to-DVD horror movie sequel. 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.


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    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 really goes to show that classic sitcoms have misled us all: Three is actually a crowd.

    Just hours before a fatal IRL 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!"

    Jameg Blake did not "chill."

    Instead, he used a shotgun to shoot his former BFF in the neck, killing him. Immediately after, he tweeted, "R.I.P. Kwame." 


    Kwame’s mom, Madeline Smith, was 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." Protip: talking about killing your best friend probably won’t get you on the Trending Topics. At least not before you get picked up for murder.

    Blake pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Another thing Kwame's mom said: "I hope my son's face haunts you for the rest of your life."


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    Teen Kills Girlfriend Over MySpace Comment

    It was New Year’s Eve, and most teens were busy making out or being forced to dance with their parents. In Burien, WA, seasoned 16 year-old criminal Matthew Dubois — with a youthful record already spotted with theft, burglary, assault, and witness intimidation — argued with his 15 year-old girlfriend, Mikarah "Tinky" Sanders, over a comment another boy had posted to her MySpace page.

    By midnight, he’d taken a .547 handgun and shot her in the face since, clearly, it was totally Tinky’s fault that creepy guys were cyber-hitting on her. Clearly.

    But hey, at least she had the consolation of friends posting crudely Photoshopped RIP graphics... to her MySpace:

    Seriously, this is like bringing a car-shaped cake to a DUI victim's funeral.

    And because being labeled a ‘threat to community safety’ doesn’t necessarily a criminal mastermind make, Matthew then shot himself in the shoulder. He had this idea 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.


  6. 12

    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. Naturally. Nothing says ‘underage murder and mayhem’ like a chat on the site where your aunt shares a steady, lonely stream of someecards about mild alcoholism and dating after 50.

    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 IRL onlookers. So buzzworthy, mirite?

    Since the whole massacre took place in a public space - a freaking 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 little lunatics were convicted of murder, five of manslaughter, and nine on lesser chargers. 


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