The Internet can often seem harmless, with its never-ending supply of cat videos, memes, and other distractions. But there is a dark side to all this connectivity. In some cases, social media inspired online fights that resulted in offline death. Whether those killings were committed by people who couldn't bear being humiliated publicly, or they simply snapped, these murders caused by social media are chilling.
Some social media feuds that led to murder were sparked by fights about lovers, online threats, or even a simple $20 debt. Tragically, the victims in these cases were often very young; many were teenagers. The jealousy and hurt egos of the individuals engaging in online behaviors that turned murderous make these stories all the more harrowing.
A Social Media Fight Over A Boy Leads To Murder
For one teen, online fighting had deadly repercussions. Sarah Ludemann fell for a boy named Josh Camacho in her hometown of Pinellas Park, FL. While dating Ludemann, Camacho was also with a young woman named Rachel Wade, and had a son with another woman.
Wade began taunting Ludemann on Facebook and MySpace, and even threatened her life in a voicemail. After a few weeks of this, Ludemann apparently decided that enough was enough. On April 14, 2009, she and some friends went to confront Wade, but she was lying in wait with a knife. Ultimately, Ludemann died of a stab wound to the heart. Wade was convicted for the killing, and her story came full circle when a Facebook group was formed to petition for her release.
A Facebook Fight Sparks A Deadly Car Chase
Two Pontiac, MI women were fighting over a paramour on Facebook, but the argument became deadly. Torrie Lynn Emery was sent to prison after an 80 mph car chase left Alesha Abernathy dead. But Abernanthy wasn't the woman Emery had been arguing with.
The incident occurred on July 20, 2010, when Emery saw her romantic rival Danielle Booth riding in the passenger seat of Abernanthy's car and began pursuing them. As the chase sped up, Abernanthy ran a red light and was hit by a truck.
Booth was critically injured in the crash, and Emery was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and child abuse - her 3 year-old had been in the car.
Spilled Milk And Facebook Fighting Turn Murderous
Kayla Henriques stabbed her friend Kamisha Richards in New York City after they fought on Facebook over a $20 debt. In February of 2011, Richards gave Henriques the money to buy diapers, milk, and other essentials for her baby. When Richards asked for her money back, the two began arguing over Facebook. When the two met in person, the fight quickly escalated: Richards threatened Henriques with a pair of scissors, while Henriques armed herself with a knife. Ultimately, Henriques killed Richards with a single blow.
Henriques was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Twitter Insults Result In A Man Being Shot To Death
In 2009, childhood friends Kwame Dancy and Jameg Blake began arguing over a girl in Harlem. They started trading insults on Twitter, and by December 1, 2010, things escalated. Their fight ended with Dancy being fatally shot in the neck by Blake.