There are some sick people out there and some of them even use Facebook. Edward Richardson, 41, was accused of killing his girlfriend Sarah Richardson, 26, at her parents’ home in Staffordshire, England. Richardson tried to kill himself after murdering his girlfriend, but ended up being sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years in prison according to BBC.
“Richardson became enraged when Sarah changed her marital status on Facebook to single and decided to go and see her as she was not responding to his messages, stated Fiona Cortese of the Crown Prosecution Service. “He gained entry by breaking the front door window and made his way into the property.”
It is quite easy to jump to conclusions here regarding this incident. The first conclusion some people may make is that Facebook is being irresponsible for having a relationship status feature as it can emotionally toy with humans. Given that this is the first case I’ve heard of murder taking place based on a Facebook action, I don’t see how the social network can be seen as the catalyst here.
What happened is that Richardson clearly has mental issues that were not addressed at the right time. We as the media can’t read his mind so it is best to let the courts decide his fate. God bless the Richardson family during this difficult time.