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Elizabeth Yardley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328001

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328001.001.0001

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The murder of Jennifer Alfonso

The murder of Jennifer Alfonso

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(p.55) Five The murder of Jennifer Alfonso
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Social Media Homicide Confessions
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Elizabeth Yardley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447328001.003.0005

This chapter analyses the murder of Jennifer Alfonso by her husband Derek Medina in Florida on August 8, 2013. Jennifer's murder was what criminologists call an intimate partner homicide (IPH). International media reports of the case followed a well-established pattern that devalued IPH, treating the homicide as a one-off event where an otherwise ‘normal’ perpetrator ‘snaps’ and loses control in a moment of madness. The fact that Derek had posted on Facebook was at the very the centre of the story, if not the story itself. The chapter first describes the background of Derek and Jennifer's relationship, Derek's media practices, and his attempt at identity management after his arrest before examining his Facebook homicide confession. It also contextualises the murder in relation to the relevant literature on intimate partner abuse and IPH.

Keywords:   Jennifer Alfonso, Derek Medina, intimate partner homicide, media, Facebook, homicide confession, identity management, media practice, murder

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