Love: The one and only state of heart that turns humans into the best version of themselves.
Romance: The moment when two people find each other and feel complete, unique, alone in a crowded place, while the world keeps getting better in front of their very own eyes.
Sex: The most primordial instinct of them all. The reason why some people live, breath, exist.
Murder: The pleasure of all of the above tangled in a knot of passion, fear, and joy. For all the criminal minds.
It’s the Internet era. That time of existence when everything we ever wanted is just a touch, a click, or a swipe away: You can shop the ingredients to bake your favorite cake. You can find your next apartment or book your tickets. You can discover your next love interest, and, if you happen to be a killer, finding your next victim can be achieved just be hitting the “LIKE” button.
Here are five online love stories that turned into murders whose victims were buried online:
The Case of Graham Dwyer
Even though he was a happily married man enjoying the gifts that his job as an architect offered him, Graham Dwyer was a 42-year-old father of three who had some weird sexual tastes. Because Dwyer was a sadist who fancied stabbing women during sex. Isn’t that enough? Ok. He liked filming himself in action, too.
In one of his videos, Graham Dwywer was having sex with his mentally ill victim, Elaine O’Hara, who met on a website for bondage lovers. Her record included multiple suicide attempts and escapes from mental institutions, and on tape, while penetrating her from behind, he kept stabbing her on the belly. When he eventually reached an orgasm, he told her: “It wasn’t that bad, was it?”. However, the night he killed her came some weeks later when the two of them had wild sex until he put the knife in her guts.
In his diary, which, during the trial, was one of the most important exhibits, Dwyer wrote:
“I had always fantasised about killing ever since I was a teenager and I got hard every time I had a knife in my hand, wielding the power knowing that I could decide who lived and died, Just like my hero. God.…Every time I made love, every time I would cum, I wondered what opening a throat would feel like.”
In March 2015, Graham Dwyer got sentenced to life in prison in a unanimous verdict.
The Real Life Dexter
All Mark Twitchell ever wanted was to create the perfect film just like the creators of his favorite show, “Dexter,” had done. (In case you have missed it, “Dexter” was about the best serial killer on Earth.) Mark felt the need to copy Dexter and in October 2008, he found his victim on PlentyOfFish.com posing as a woman. Twitchell met John Brian “Johnny” Altinger in person at his garage where he killed him and cut him to pieces.
Right after Altinger’s disappearance, the police investigation rapidly followed the web path and on October 31, 2008, Mark Twitchell got arrested. The key evidence that led to his conviction was a file on his laptop under the name “SKConfessions” (yes, that stands for “Serial Killer Confessions) which said:
“This story is based on true events. The names and events were altered slightly to protect the guilty. This is the story of my progression into becoming a serial killer. For as long as I can remember I have always had a distinct lack of empathy, I’ve always had a dark side I’ve had to sugarcoat for the world. On my journey of discovering my disorder, I’ve discovered my killer instinct. I’ve often fantasized about killing people who have wronged me or threatened to hurt me or my family in the future, but that’s where it ends.”
After his first-degree murder conviction, Twitchell claimed that the media were the ones to blame regarding his penalty because they treated him in a way that influenced the jury decision:
“The media attention surrounding my case was so extensive, so blatant and so overtly sensationalized that it is unreasonable to expect any unsequestered jury to have remained uninfluenced by it, regardless of judges instructions in the charge.”
The result of his appeal has not been decided yet.
The Selfie Junkie
On December 25, 2011, Ashley LeVelle met her online crush that she had been chatting with on an online service, LeVar Watson. Her profile was full of selfies.
They met at a movie theater, but their date would not have a happy ending, because, after the movie ended, they got into LeVele’s car in which her accomplice, Stevin Roopnarine, shot him in the back and stole his money.
According to Ashley LeVelle, she had been using the dating service for quite some time and nothing ever happened, so she can’t see the reason behind accusing her of murder. In addition, she said that her parents provided her with all the money she wanted, so she didn’t need to rob him: “
I don’t need to rob anybody. My parents give me money. LeVar impressed me because he was goal orientated, he seemed like a strong-willed person, independent, had a good head on his shoulders and sweet.”
The Tinder Killer (?)*
*The question mark indicates that this case is still in litigation, so it has not yet legally been determined as a murder. Tostee faces trial for murder in 2016 or 2017.
On August 8, 2014, Warriena Wright, a 26-year-old New Zealander, met the man of every girl’s dream on Tinder: Gable Tostee, a rich, 29-year-old Gold Coast carpet layer playboy. After a number of drinks and some physical conflicts, Wright fell fourteen stories from Gable Tostee’s balcony. She died immediately.
The night was recorded on audio. Read the highlights of the transcript from that evening below:
01:07 a.m. – Warriena Wright: “I know you want to kill me because you told me so.”
01:48 a.m. – Warriena Wright goes over to the window and has a look. / Gable Tostee: “Don’t jump off or anything.”
02:15a.m. – Gable Tostee: “I thought you were kidding and I have taken enough. This is fucking bullshit. You are lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony you god damn psycho little bitch. Who the fuck do you think you…”
02:20 a.m. – Warriena Wright: “Just let me go home. Just let me go home.”
02:21 a.m. – Very heavy breathing from Tostee.
02:21 a.m. – Gable Tostee makes a call to lawyer Mick Purcell. Call not connected.
02:22 a.m. – Gable Tostee: “Where the fuck are my keys?”
You can read the whole transcript here
A day after being released on parole for a separate incident, Tostee posted a Facebook post protesting his innocence on which he claimed that he was the one that was under attack that night:
In January 2015, Lewis Daynes was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Breck Bednar, 14, he met through an online gaming platform. The prosecution stated that Daynes was a manipulative and controlling individual and the evidence of sexual activity between the two of them indicated a sexual motive.
Hours before the murder, Lewis Daynes bought condoms, syringes, and duck tape, and the killer lured his victim saying that the purpose of the meeting was “business” promising “great wealth” coming from a (fake) computer business he had in mind. To leave no trace behind, Daynes had instructed his victim to tell his father that he was spending the night of February 17, 2014, to a friend’s house. That night, Daynes stabbed Breck Bednar to death.
Lewis Daynes will serve a minimum term of 25 years in prison.