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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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Discussion: the complex contexts of social media homicide confessions

Discussion: the complex contexts of social media homicide confessions

(p.149) Eight Discussion: the complex contexts of social media homicide confessions
Social Media Homicide Confessions

Elizabeth Yardley

Policy Press

This chapter examines the cases of Jennifer Alfonso, Randy Janzen and Charles Taylor collectively in the context of the relevant conceptual frameworks. It first considers the perpetrators' media practices prior to becoming involved in homicide before discussing their confessions, focusing on continuities and changes. It shows that the family emerged as a prominent social group in the perpetrators' social media archives, and that the perpetrators all admitted responsibility for taking the lives of others but in very different ways. The narratives, the chapter suggests, were rooted in perpetrators' social realities and structural locations. The chapter also highlights the broader structures and contexts in which people like Derek Medina, Randy Janzen and Amanda Taylor make homicide confessions on social media and concludes by proposing directions for future criminological enquiry into media in homicide.

Keywords:   homicide, Jennifer Alfonso, Randy Janzen, Charles Taylor, media practice, confessions, family, social media, Derek Medina, Amanda Taylor

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