Facebook Keeps Up a Graphic Photo of Murder Victim for 36 Hours

Last week, a man in Texas was accused of killing his girlfriend by stabbing her to death before posting the image of her mutilated body on Facebook.

The man, Kenneth Alan Amyx, claims the killing was a suicide pact gone wrong. However,  before police arrived to the couples home, he posted the image of her lifeless body to Facebook and unfortunately the image  remained for 36 hours, even as the victim’s family and friends begged police and Facebook to have it removed.

Officer David Tilley, a spokesman for the department, said that Mr. Amyx not only posted a photo of Ms. Streit-Spears — nude and with her neck cut — on her page, he also posted a selfie of his face covered in blood and the words “Pray for us,” the officer said.

In a statement, Facebook told the Times, that they got to removing the photo as soon as they realized what it was:

“We remove graphic images when they are shared to celebrate violence,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. “As soon as it was clear what the facts were behind this photograph, we removed it.”

Amyx was arrested on May 29 in Plano, Texas and charged with stabbing Jennifer Streit-Spears. According to an affidavit from the Plano police, posted by the New York Times, police responded to a 911 call from Streit-Spears’ mother, who said she fear her daughter and her boyfriend “are going to kill each other.” When the police reached her apartment, they found a “nude male,” later identified as Amyx, on top of a naked woman, a knife in his hand. The victim had multiple knife wounds on her neck, forearms and wrist and appeared to be dead, according to the affidavit.

Amyx told responding officers that Streit-Spears “chickened out” of their suicide pact and that he had to “finish her off.” He also told police that he and Streit-Spears, who had been dating for about four months, had discussed a suicide pact, agreeing to stab each other.

 

 

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