Murder by Facebook, or murder with Facebook. Murder alongside Facebook? Whatever it is, the link is found in this Australian story.
What started as a Facebook message from a former boyfriend has ended in the gruesome murder of Sarah Elston, a talented young Brisbane artist.
This blogger's response is worth quoting in full:
What I find appalling about this headline - and to a lesser degree the article - is that it makes Facebook out to be in some culpable in Sarah Elston's death. When in fact the former boyfriend could have contacted her in any number of ways. If it was by phone, would the headline be "Telephone Murder"? Or if it was by email, would it be "Email Murder"? Fax, letter, postcard? Well, you get my point. It sends the wrong message about Facebook entirely as it demonises it as it suggests Facebook was somehow responsible for this tragedy. The only thing this really says about Facebook is that it is a new way of communicating between friends. That hardly makes Facebook a murderer.
I like the comment about naming one a "Telstra murder."
Even better, it turns out the murderer had no Facebook connection to the victim.
Question: how is Facebook horror different from MySpace horror?
(thanks to Sean Fitzgerald)