Murderers rarely confess to their crimes before being questioned by police or arrested, but killers who suddenly find they have a conscience, or feel like gloating about their crime, have started using social media like a confessional.
Derek Medina would become known as the Facebook Killer after he murdered his wife and uploaded pics of her corpse to Facebook back in 2013, using Facebook to confess what he'd done to his family and friends before turning himself in to the police:
“I had an argument with my wife and she was hitting me. She always hits me all the time. I got tired of her hitting me so I shot her,” he said. When officers tried to get dispatchers to send fire rescue to the couple’s house, Medina then said – “oh she’s dead. I know she’s dead because I emptied my 380 in her. Five shots.”
Randy Janzen of British Columbia used Facebook as a confessional in a similar fashion after killing his wife, daughter and sister, but his confession didn't lead to an arrest- because Randy killed himself after setting his house ablaze.
Randy's reason for killing was just as bizarre as his emoji-filled Facebook confession- he didn't want his daughter to suffer with debilitating migraines so he shot her.
He then shot his wife so she wouldn't have to "hear the news her baby has died", and a few days later he killed his sister because "I did not want her to have to live with this shame I have caused all alone. Now my family is pain free (sic) and in heaven.”
There's no telling how long it would have taken police to show up at his house and discover the bodies had he not posted the confession above on Facebook, but when they showed up the house went up in flames, leaving them unable to enter for three days.