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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 Janzen familicide

The Janzen familicide

(p.83) Six The Janzen familicide
Social Media Homicide Confessions

Elizabeth Yardley

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the Janzen familicide that took place on April 28, 2015 in British Columbia, Canada. The perpetrator of the crime was Randy Janzen, who made a confession in his Facebook page that he shot his nineteen-year-old daughter, Emily, in the head because she suffered from migraines. He also admitted to fatally shooting his wife, Laurel, and his sister, Shelly, that same day. Randy eventually committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. His Facebook confession appeared to be the focal point of the stories in international mainstream media and was the factor that first drew the author's attention to the case. The chapter first considers the individual, familial, local and structural context of the Janzen family before discussing the Janzens' social media lives and practices. It also compares Randy's use of networked media with that of Derek Medina.

Keywords:   suicide, Janzen familicide, Randy Janzen, Facebook, murder confession, Derek Medina, media practice, Janzen family, social media, networked media

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