Dr Elizabeth Yardley and Professor David Wilson from the Centre of Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.. identify six different types of killer [that use social media]:

  • Reactor — Reacts to content posted on Facebook by attacking the victim face to face. This may be immediately after viewing the content that makes them angry or there may be a time delay in which they revisit the content and ruminate over its meaning.
  • Informer — Uses Facebook to inform others that they intend to kill the victim, that they have killed the victim, or both. Informers use Facebook as a way of demonstrating their control over the victim and the situation.
  • Antagonist — Engages in hostile exchanges on Facebook that escalate into face to face fatal violence. Antagonists may seek to introduce a physical advantage when the conflict goes offline through arming themselves with weapons.
  • Fantasist — Uses Facebook to perform or indulge in a fantasy. For fantasists, the line between fantasy and reality has become increasingly blurred and the homicide may be a way of maintaining the fantasy or preventing others from discovering the deception.
  • Predator — Creates and maintains a fake profile to lure a victim and meet them offline. May draw upon the information available on the victim’s profile to identify and exploit vulnerabilities to establish grounds upon which to develop a relationship
  • Imposter — posts in the name of someone else. This could be the victim in order to create the illusion they are still alive or another person to gain access to and monitor the victim’s profile.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a killer using social media. 

Journaling Prompt: Do you friend people on social media that you don’t know in real life? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Killers on social media

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a true story about a dangerous interaction on social media.

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2 Responses to Prompt #1350 How Killers Use Social Media

  1. Joyce Bruns says:

    Hi, Liz,
    Back again…and first, I’m so glad you are out of the sling. I know you are, too!

    So prompt 1350 prompted this haiku, which has been posted(120 more to go, thank goodness! It gets harder and harder to come up with something, and believe me, I’ve been posting some really sorry stuff, lol. Desperation, you understand. Anyway…

    She met him online.
    They agreed to meet somewhere.
    She never came back.

    Why didn’t she come back? Well, the ending is the reader’s, lol.


    • Liz says:

      Hi Joyce! It’s good to have 2 arms again, yes. My muscles, however, are pretty peeved! Lots of work yet to do. You are way past the hump now. Keep going!

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