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, creeping, and now, apparently, killing. 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.

What are some deaths caused by social networks? From relationship status changes on Facebook to cat-fishing at its best/worst, these are some of the most deranged things people have done on social networks. Oh, and Craigslist doesn't count because that's not as much of a social network as it is a cesspool. Enjoy.
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    Man Kills His Friend for "Poking" His Girlfriend

    Scott Humphrey, 27, was sent to jail after he repeatedly punched his friend, Richard Rovetto, 29, in a cab on the way back from a guys' night. Why was Humphrey so upset? Evidently, Rovetto had "poked" Humphrey's girlfriend on Facebook. Rovetto claimed that he didn't know the woman was Humphrey's girlfriend.

    The punches caused Rovetto to bleed profusely. He died when Humphrey pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. Humphrey fled the scene, but later turned himself in, admitted to manslaughter, and was jailed for four years, four months. 


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    Middle-Aged Woman Seduces Teenage Boys With Fantasy Facebook Profiles, Then Kills Them Off

    The craziest, most ridiculous social networking killer wasn’t actually a killer at all. The only murders this woman committed took place in her own deranged imagination.

    In a twisted, sadistic scheme taken to bizarre extremes, 28 year-old New Zealander Natalia Burgess spent months creating Facebook and Bebo profiles for (fake) attractive teenage girls. She gave them very specific, very fancy names, like "Jordz Williams," "Becca Maria Jullienne," and "Abby Jane Zoe William." No word on whether she went overboard with a baby name book or just imagined these fictitious chicks as strippers. Her goal: Seducing dozens of teen schoolboys into online relationships.

    As if that wasn’t I-Belong-on-To-Catch-a-Predator enough, Natalia would then ‘kill off’ the fake girls in tragic accidents or suicides, using other made-up personas to break the news on — you guessed it — Facebook. The girls' online boyfriends were traumatized and devastated.

    Over 40 teen boys have been identified as victims of her Internet mind games. First, she gave them what they never thought they’d have, and then she delivered sheer horror. Her deranged manipulation was discovered only when another 22 year-old woman found her own photographs in an online memorial video for one of these fake Internet hotties, a girl named "Abby."

    Natalia Burgess was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.

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    Wife Killed For Changing FB Status to Single

    Even "adults" aren’t immune from crimes of murderous 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 piss off most married men - but since this couple was actually already kind of, y'know, 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, like every 26-year-old who’s made a terrible mistake tends to do.

    Unfortunately for her, Edward decided to pull the old "sneak into the parents’ bedroom" trick, only this time, he snuck in to stab her to death… over her Facebook status. More accurately: He killed her because she changed her Facebook status. This is really the craziest part.

    After he committed this brutal, spurred-by-hatred-of-Facebook-status-accuracy crime, Edward ended up killing himself (probably ruining a perfectly nice bedroom rug in the process).

    All over a Facebook status change. Just so we’re clear. WTF.


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    MySpace "Horror Core" Rapper Brings His Lyrics to Life

    Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, age 20, was a self-styled ‘Horrorcore’ rapper from a small town in Virginia called— wait for it — Farmville. Yes, Farmville. No really, there’s a real-live town in Virginia called Farmville, and this is where the whole story took place.

    Realizing that nobody actively follows (or likes) bands on Facebook, McCroskey turned to Myspace (which should have been the first time that he was in trouble). On this Internet wasteland, he posted some of his profound musical stylings under the name ‘Syko Sam’ - you can check out one of his music videos embedded below. 

    In songs like "My Dark Side," Syko Sam sings about brutally murdering people then watching them die.  

    Sample lyrics:
    "You’re not the first, just to let you know
    I’ve killed many people and I kill them real slow
    It’s the best feeling, watching their last breath
    Stabbing and stabbing till there’s nothing left"

    which proved to be just a little incriminating when he was accused of killing off four Farmville citizens. Once again, these were real people, with normal sized heads, who looked nothing like this:

    Syko Sam's victims were his own girlfriend, Emma Neiderbrock (16), her best friend, Melanie Wells (18), and her parents, Pastor Mark Neiderbrock (50) and Dr. Debra Kelley (53). Their bodies were found at the Neiderbrock home having been bludgeoned to death with a hammer and maul while they slept.

    A friend and fellow horrorcore rapper claimed, "You would never, ever imagine that kid even being a suspect."

    So, here are some more of Syko Sam's lyrics:

    Blood, death murder, and rape
    I like to mutilate and take em back to my place
    Kill and slash, yeah, I'm coming for your ass
    I'm a cannibal, use your body as food
    Yeah you're gonna die and your body will decay
    As I leave you dying in this dark alleyway

    At least he's direct. McCroskey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for the murders.


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    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, he might write emo poetry in his journal lamenting the fact that no one ‘gets’ them. Maybe he complains about his inherent need for digital ‘connection,’ or that his black fingernail polish is flaking off in the shower. (see:

    But when decidedly not-normal 15 year-old Hughstan Schlicker’s parents banned him from using MySpace, he killed his dad with a 12-gauge shotgun and, most likely, deleted him from his Top 8.

    To the 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.

    Being cut off from the digital world, according to Schlicker, "felt like I was stabbed with a knife and it went straight through and no matter how hard I pulled, I couldn’t pull out the knife..." (OK, in retrospect, he might not have considered himself above writing emo poetry.)

    But one day, this seriously disturbed kid called in sick from school, faking his dad's voice a la a kid in an 80s movie. In fact, he stayed home from school to kill himself, like the same way most people stay home to sleep or watch "The Price is Right" for five straight hours. And to his credit, Schlicker really meant to kill himself, but with all that thinkin' time on his hands, he accidentally came up with a little game, a little plan: If his father came home after 4:00 PM, he wouldn't kill himself - he'd kill his dad instead. (This kid really would've made a great Batman villain.)

    Obviously, his dad got home early, so the kid went into the kitchen and shot him in the back of the head. He called a friend (which is really what he should've done instead of going crazy about not being able to update his MySpace - people had friends before the Internet, I think) who convinced him to turn himself in instead of killing himself.

    All of this just because this kid couldn't update his MySpace. In 2008. WTF.


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