The last thing alleged Norway gunman Anders Behring Breivik did before embarking on his shooting spreee was to check in with his more than 7,000 friends on Facebook.
We think that’s an unusually large friend list for a murderer — don’t killers tend to have few to no friends? Even more unusual, the BBC claims the killer only set up his Facebook page on July 17. Huh?
Assuming this profile really belonged to Brevik and not an impostor, the final post reveals some important clues regarding the extent of the lengthy planning that went into the rampage and the degree to which he wanted to control his image following his assumed capture.
Though his profile is no longer active, news accounts from Time claim that Breivik posted on Facebook a 1,516-page manifesto entitled, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” that reveals his extreme right wing and anti-Muslim views.
He voice his outrage at “cultural Marxists” and “multiculturalism” and blames them for destroying western culture.
On the Facebook page attributed to him, he describes himself as a Christian and a conservative, and lists interests such as bodybuilding and freemasonry.
He closes his Facebook message with: “I believe this will be my last entry. It is now Fri July 22nd, 12.51.”
His final Facebook post also includes a taped question-and-answer session with himself and a link to the 12-minute video on YouTube, called Knights Templar 2083.
An interesting side note is a growing rumor on the internet today that claims Breivik’s English language profile was altered to identify the killer as a Christian and Conservative after his killing spree was over.
Several blogs, like this one, are making these claims with accompanying before and after images.
Today, the alleged shooter was due in court and reports claim he had hoped to use his appearance as a platform to share his views, a request ultimately denied. In fact, a Facebook page featuring more than 60,000 likes called “Shut The Doors on Monday,” was created, calling on the court to deny Breivik any publicity.
Unfortunately, Brevik wasn’t the first killer to post his final message on Facebook, and if anything, this might be a growing trend among those with suicide in mind. Ick!
Perhaps law enforcement officials need to look more proactively on Facebook for future killers — readers, do you have any ideas on how to achieve this?
Jackie Cohen added commentary to this post.