The Facebook Killer Is Jailed

Over the past few days there has been a lot of buzz about a man who killed his wife after seeing that his wife switched their relationship status to “single”. According to Paul Cheston, the man “drank alcohol and took cocaine before driving 15 miles to the family home to attack wife Emma as she lay in bed.” How did he kill her?

Well with a meat cleaver of course! The interesting part is that the couple had been separated for four days, and switching the wife’s relationship status was literally the final nail in the coffin. “Emma was found in a pool of blood after neighbours were woken at 6:30am by her screams. Near her body was a large kitchen knife and in another room a blood-soaked meat cleaver.”

It was a violent and tragic killing (I’ll avoid the details which are posted in the article linked above). Typically I would avoid such horrible news but this story highlights the massive impact that a facebook relationship status change can have on an individual’s emotions. I’ve know people that have left Facebook indefinitely after ending a relationship because they could bare to watch their ex’s activities on the site.

Social networking has brought about a new level of interconnectedness which can have unforeseen consequences. This example is most definitely an extreme example of what could happen. For the most part Facebook is or should be used for good though. It is only in rare instances that we hear of horror stories such as this.