Making sense of 'Facebook Murder'? Social networking sites and contemporary homicide

Yardley, Elizabeth and Wilson, David (2014) Making sense of 'Facebook Murder'? Social networking sites and contemporary homicide. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (2). pp. 109-134. ISSN 0265-5527

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This article sets out to establish whether, and to what extent, homicides involving social networking sites (SNSs) are unique and to identify the ways in which perpetrators of homicide have used SNSs in their crimes. It does so by identifying and analysing relevant cases of homicide from around the world and comparing the characteristics of these cases with the general literature on homicide. We argue that the cases in our sample are largely typical of homicide in general and identify six ways in which homicide perpetrators have used SNSs - as reactors, informers, antagonists, predators, fantasists and imposters.

Item Type: Article
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1 September 2014Accepted
3 November 2014Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facebook, Homicide, Social media, Social networking sites (SNSs)
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Law, Social and Criminal Justice
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 12:11
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:50

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