Most times we take social media sites for granted and talk to strangers there without caution, and even make friends. The thing, however, is that while some people have met the love of their lives there, there are as well people killed by people they met on Facebook or other social media.
The problem is that most times some people get to be very nice and sweet on social media and people get carried away into not only telling them a lot but also trusting them enough to meet them in places decided by the other person.
Oddybugs takes a look at people killed by people they met on Facebook and the need for us to be careful with people you don’t know.
A month after the beautiful daughter of a Nigerian military General went missing, her body was found in the mortuary where she was deposited after being killed by some people she met online.
The men online got to know that Cynthia had a boutique and they lured her into a business meeting with them in Lagos. The entire thing ended with her being drugged and killed while her possessions were carted away by the men.
After their arrest, the men confessed she was not their first victim as they were into luring rich women and dispossessing them of their valuables.
Alexis Kane (2015)
14 years old Alexis Kane agreed to meet up with Isaac M. Malik Carter, a 17-year-old on Facebook. Accompanied by her friends, Kane met Malik who was with 2 friends of his, Dominic “Nick” McDaniel, 18, and Ce-Antonyo D. Kennedy, 17. Against the advice of her friends, Alexis followed the three guys off in a car.
The whole thing ended with the 14-year-old been beaten by the three young men before being shot by each of them, who after being arrested showed no remorse for their actions.
It was one mistake that cost Ashleigh her life according to her mother. The mistake is deciding to meet a man she met on Facebook, Peter Chapman.
The 17-year-old Ashleigh was reported to have told her mother she was going to spend the night at a friend’s place. Before long, the teenager was kidnapped raped and killed by Chapman.
After the horrific crime, Chapman who was a convicted double rapist with aiming at deceiving ladies on the internet dumped her body in a field.
25-year-old Sharae Bradford became a victim of another deranged murderer who posed on Facebook as someone with good intentions. She met her death after meeting Stassie Greer, a 20-year-old man on Facebook and got chatting.
After agreeing to meet up with him at her place, what was left of Sharae Bradford, who was an aspiring nurse and mother of a 6-year-old was her dead body and semen by her side. The man had shot her and took off with her mobile phone.
This Argentine was only 12 when she met her death in the hands of a man who posed as a girl her age on Facebook. Before her body was found, the girl had gone missing for 35 days before being found in the house of the 26-year-old killer, Jonathan Luna.
According to reports, Luna who confessed killing the girl was an escaped convict. He picked Ortega from her parent’s house claiming he wanted to take her to meet her friend.
The crime was carried out Luna who had numerous Facebook profiles with the aim of raping her.
17 years old Melissa Magracia left home on December 6 to meet-up with a man she met on Facebook. According to her, the man had promised her he was a model recruiter and so would help her through with her modeling aspirations.
What was later found of the senior high school student was her dead body floating on water. The Facebook account of the person she said she was going to meet was found deactivated.
It was in 2015 in Virginia that 21-year-old Cedric Towe was shot after he was dropped by his father to go see someone he met on Facebook. The person he was supposed to meet was alleged to be a woman named Kia, whose account was deactivated after the incident.
It is not exactly clear till now why he was murdered, and if he was murdered by the person he was supposed to meet.
Cable had told her parents she was going to meet someone she knew from the social networking site, Facebook.
That was the last time her parents saw her alive. The 15 years was kidnapped and her body was found eight days after she went missing. It was later alleged that it was 21 years old Kyle Dube that killed her.
He was accused of using a Facebook account with the name of Bryan Butterfield, a boy whom his friend had dated to lure Cable before her.
Mina El Houari
This 25-year-old diabetic from France met her a Moroccan man, on Facebook. After starting a relationship, she decided to fly to Morocco to meet her new lover late spring of 2014 for the first time.
Unfortunately, for her, her during their first date at his place she fell into a diabetic coma and was unconscious. In confusion, the Moroccan buried her in his back garden. Where she eventually suffocated to death under the packed dirt.
Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth
These two were not killed by people they met on Facebook, but their case is very relevant. In 2012, the two lovers with an 8-month-old baby had a Facebook feud with Jenelle Potter whom they later unfriended.
Jennel was not happy about it, but it was her 60-year-old father, Marvin “Buddy” Potter that decided to fight for his daughter. Together with 38-year-old Jamie Lynn Curd, who reportedly had romantic feelings for Jenelle, he set out for Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth
At the end of it all, the two ended with bullets in their heads, and Marvin “Buddy” Potter and Jamie Lynn Curd were the murderers. They left the 8-month-old baby unharmed.
Another Nigerian Girl
Although the name of this lady was never mentioned, it was widely reported that she met a guy on Facebook and they became friends. As things led to more things, the guy who claimed wanted to marry the lady, told her to come to Niger state, Minna, to meet his royal parents.
After coming, she was lodged in a hotel, as the alleged boyfriend claimed his parents were not in support of him marrying a girl from another tribe. As events kept moving, the sister of the girl was called on the phone by the man, who as it turned out, might have been a ritualist, to come and carry the headless body of her sister.
How to Stay Safe
Although most of us would easily take social media most especially Facebook for granted, there is a need for great caution. This is because there are so many perverts there looking for who to devour. Take note that while no one is too young for these people, no one is as well too old.
According to a report by UK Mail Online in 2012, there were as much as 12,300 alleged offenses were logged in every 40 minutes linked to major social media including Facebook. The report noted that
Facebook was referenced in investigations of murder, rape, child sex offenses, assault, kidnap, death threats, witness intimidation, and fraud. The vast majority of cases involved alleged harassment or intimidation by cyber-bullies, according to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request.
The report went on to state that “around half of police forces in England and Wales supplied details for when Facebook was recorded in crime reports.”
While we may think it is very hard to stay away from these people or escape them, here are some ways that we can stay safe from these perverts:
- Trust no one: Are there no people you know in real life who are completely different on facebook? Both in looks and ways of doing things? Doesn’t that tell you how easy it is for people to lie on the platform? the first rule is never to trust people you don’t know
- Be careful of the relationships you start online: The fact is that many people have met the love of their lives on facebook, but many other have as well met the end of their lives. Hence, no matter the kind of relationship you are starting, you need to be very careful.
- Never meet anyone in private: People have been raped and killed for meeting people who seemed sweet and harmless on Facebook by the same people. Never meet anyone in private; not in your place, not in the others. If you must meet, it must be in public. More so, never follow them somewhere, and don’t agree to a lift home in their cars.
- Chose your arguments: The way you chose your friends is the same way you are to chose your arguments on social media. There are people who are maniacs who can hunt you down for one wrong word.
- Take every threat seriously: Once you are threatened on facebook or any social media by anyone, please take it seriously. People have played with such threats and it turned out to be their undoing. Just as you would take every threat seriously, also take every cry for help from others serious. Nevertheless, don’t try to go on a rescue mission unless you are with the law enforcement officers.