Let’s face facts people—some people shouldn’t be allowed to go on social media. While we admire the openness of what these myriad of tools has allowed us to do, you can expect that some may use them for more malicious or downright criminal tendencies. That’s right, criminals and just outright dumb people have free reign—unless they’re caught. At least we can count our blessings that social media can find the bad guys easier, so here are some examples of social media and criminality.
The problem with social media is that it’s just opened the floodgates of stupid people posting their crimes. If I were to, for instance, decide to mysteriously cause about $200,000 mayhem at my local library by clogging the toilets and flooding it so it wouldn’t be open for months, I’d keep my mouth shut—unless you’re that 16-year-old boy from Portsmouth, England who “kind of” confessed on Facebook to wrecking the main public library. Although the boy told the police he did nothing, when asked on Facebook about it, he said, “”Kind of, yeah. I’ve kept it to myself. A few mates know.” So the jig was up for the kid and he’s looking at time behind bars.
We all use Craiglist at some point in our lives—whether it’s to look for a job or to even find love. However, Craigslist has been a good networking site for murderers. According to Wikipedia, four people have been dubbed a Craigslist killer with Minnesotan Michael John Anderson holding the dubious distinction as the first known murderer using the website. He used Craigslist to pose as a married woman looking for a babysitter and shot a woman to death as she waited for an interview. But when we think “Craigslist killer,” we think of that charming, wealthy Boston medical student named Philip Markoff who robbed three escorts using Craigslist and killed one of them. Hey, they even made a made-for-TV movie, aptly titled “The Craigslist Killer.”
When the media fails to report on crimes—even the most heinous ones—it’s up to the social media universe to make up for the lack of reporting. Be warned, my friends, if you so happen to report about the Zetas on your Facebook, you’ll be rewarded with death. The infamous Mexican drug cartel has inflicted its notoriously public heinous murders by decapitation or worse not only on police officers and journalists, but also bloggers who dared to cross their path. One prominent blogger, LaredoGirl, paid with her life after posting reports of Zeta crimes and the drug lords used her to warn others not to cross them. A note left near her decapitated head read, “For those who don’t want to believe, this happened to me because of my actions, for believing in the army and the navy. Thank you for your attention, respectfully, Laredo Girl…ZZZZ.”
Social media does have its dark side—it brings out the vicious, the horrific and the heinous people amongst us. On the flip side, it is also like sunlight—it exposes the worst forms of depravity and destruction and makes people aware of their heinous crimes.