TENNESSEE (USA) – The police has in custody 2 men accused of homicide. If this charge is proven, it would be a very singular one. Marvin Potter and Jamie Curd would have shot a man and a woman just because they didn’t accept their 30-year-old daughter’s , Marvin Potter, friend request on Facebook.
AMSTERDAM (HOLLAND) – A 13-year-old Dutch boy was sentenced to jail for a year because he stabbed to death a girl after being hired on Facebook to commit the murder. In Holland this case, known as ‘Facebook murder’, launched a lively debate on the role played by social networks in violent crimes. The two girls would have started arguing because of some comments posted on the victim’s Facebook profile, Polly da Joyce “Winsie” Hau. According to the reconstructions made by Dutch media, Polly W. and her boyfriend would have given Jinhua, the killer, a note with the instructions to kill Joyce in exchange for money (some media says 100 euro, others 1000 euro) and promised to pay him drinking.
TUNIS (TUNISIA) – Several websites and Facebook pages contained posts from Islamic groups’ exponents that signed the praises of Chokri Belaid‘ s murder, exponent of the popular front, killed after these posts on the famous social network, while he was leaving his house. Is it a coincidence?
NAPLES (ITALY)– The arresting of the 19-year-old Gennaro Errico – considered one of the member of the hit men gang that killed in an ambush at Quartieri Spagnoli, on the 21st of September, the 22-year-old old Vincenzo Masiello – came thanks to some taps. Errico was identified through Facebook and his arrest was filmed with an iPhone.
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – A cook, Alexey Kabanov, would have strangled and then cut to pieces his wife, Irina Cherska. He made a plea on Facebook to find his wife. He said she left the house after a violent argument:
“Friends! My wife Ira has disappeared. Did not return home after leaving at 3.oo am. The police is looking for her, but there are still no news. They say she will come back and everything will be alright, but the more time passes and the less I believe I’ll be fine […] If someone knows what happened, at least tell me she is alive.”
Some Facebook users accused Kabanov of deleting the comments of people who suspected he dealt with Irina’s missing. Last Kabanov’ s update dates back to Friday, shortly before he got arrested. Now there are slightly less than 2000 comments on Facebook, posted by angry friends, deceived by his sham. Even the police were aware of the post Kabanov wrote on Facebook and have used this evidence to reconstruct what happened.
In the end, the interactive and closely linked to social networks aspect makes these stories unique. Thousands of people watched the events ongoing real-time, took part in them, interacted with the alleged accountable, followed the dramatic aspects of the facts, and reacted … just thanks to their PCs.