Tuesday, July 3, 2012


In 70% of all homicides taken place, the victim already knows the murderer. 30% of the time they are friends on Facebook.

There is almost always a known animosity between the killer and in his victim in homicide cases. There is almost always some form of metaphorical stabbing in the back that amounts to insane amounts of bitterness and a need for vengeance that ultimately results in the stabbing turning rather literal. In 70% of homicides therefore, the victim knows the murderer. But it doesn’t stop there. In 30% of cases, they’re friends on Facebook.

Although this might come as an initial shock to some, in reality, most killers have quite dormant and regular personalities on paper, or at least on their Facebook profiles. In Israel for example, last year, two Arab teenagers from the village of Awarta broke into a family’s home in a nearby village called Itamar. Upon examination of their Facebook profiles one would have expected to come across remarks or statuses reeking with anti-Semitism. Instead, the posts on their walls and their daily status updates did not depict homicidal tendencies in the least.

They referred to women, and life, and finding the right woman, and well- more women. Similarly, a Tennessee couple (pictured) who “defriended” one Jenelle Potter on Facebook was murdered by her father and another man. Most recently Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist and confessed perpetrator of the 2011 attacks on Norway also used Facebook and Twitter quite frequently and upon examination of his accounts was found to have minimal murderous undertones. The level of exposure and communication and the decrease in anonymity and random attacks between Victims and their murderers therefore is attributable for the most part to social networking.