Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Did China’s Twitter Play a Role in This Teenage Girl’s Murder?

From our friends at the Daily Dot: Like millions of other young women across China, 16-year-old Lai Zengyuting chronicled her life on Sina Weibo, the country’s Twitter-like microblogging network. The high school student from the southern mega-city Shenzhen liked to post pictures of food and pictures of herself, too. Sometimes, she posted her location, like she did on Jan. 11. The next day, Lai disappeared. The next day, police found her body dumped in a Shenzhen junk shop.

Now is Not the Time to Tweet About Shooting Up Your School, Even if You Don’t Mean It

We’ve had a year rife with massacres, most recently the elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 young children in Newtown, Conn. Understandably, the nation’s law enforcement officers, educators and general public are all in a state of high alert. So even if, like Austin Lee Bowlin, you have a super cool hairdo and only do things ironically, you may want to reconsider posting that tweet about how you’re “Finna shoot up the school this Friday” lest you be hit with some serious charges.

Man Charged With Tweeting Threats to Obama Pleads Not Guilty

A man charged in federal court with threatening president Barack Obama via Twitter has entered a plea of not guilty. Jarvis Britton, 25, of Birmingham, Ala., has been held without bail since last month. After his arrest, Britton underwent a psychological evaluation, which revealed, a judge said, that Britton is not psychotic and acted intentionally

Man Charged for Tweeting Threats to Obama

A 25-year-old Alabama man is charged with threatening the president via Twitter. The first tweet, posted on June 28, read “Free speech? Really? Let’s test this! Let’s kill the president!” and it only got worse from there.

Murdered Teen Tweeted About Stalker

The body of Hannah Truelove, 16, was found Friday in the woods near the Gainesville, Ga., apartment complex where she lived with her mother. According to Hall County Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Kiley Sargent, the body showed signs of trauma. Truelove had been reported missing the day before.

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