Huffington Post - An Alabama woman's duplicitous attempt to befriend her niece with a fake Facebook account may be what saved her life.
The niece was allegedly looking for someone to murder her entire family, including the aunt who set up the fake account.
Marissa Williams, 19, is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on charges of solicitation of murder. Authorities said she asked a person she met on Facebook named Tre "Topdog" Ellis to pretend to kidnap her and kill her family, along with the family dog.
But Ellis was actually Williams' aunt, who set up the bogus Facebook account in May in order to teach her niece a lesson about the dangers of social media.
The name of Williams' aunt has not been released, but the suspect has been living with her since April.
The relationship was strained because Williams kept inviting strangers she met on Facebook over to the house, WSB TV reports.
The aunt's experiment didn't go as planned.
On May 24, the very first day of online interaction, Williams gave the fictional boy her phone number and address, and asked him to come over and get drunk. She also offered to have sex with him if he'd pay her $50 phone bill, AL.com reports.
As the two conversed in the coming days, the suspect allegedly asked her Facebook friend to kidnap her and take her away from her family, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The aunt didn't call police at first, but changed her mind when Williams suggested that "Tre" shoot and kill her family. Williams allegedly gave instructions on how to break into the aunt's room.
Deputies with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Williams on May 26. Authorities claim Williams apologized for the murderous messages.
Williams was arrested and remains in jail pending a $30,000 bond, WIAT TV reports.
Seriously not cool, Aunt "Topdog". See, it's easy to read this and say "whoa, Marissa, chill out on the fake kidnapping/family murder planning," but let's take a step back here and put yourself in Marissa's shoes. You're just a young lady trying to bring random Facebook friends over to your place so that they can help you with your phone bill (you'd like to think it'd be worth than $50 but whatever...)*, and you would be if it weren't for your annoying Aunt who thinks she owns the place (she does) and just doesn't get why you're bringing these people over.
Uh, hey Auntie, it's the 21st century, get with it. This is how we make friends now, we sit behind a screen and type on a keyboard in a completely impersonal format until we convince ourselves that we're beyond the whole "get to know you" phase and start bangin! And really, what's worse than a family member who won't let you just be yourself or have the friends you want?
Oh wait, maybe a family member who won't let you be yourself or have the friends you want who then decides to make a fake Facebook account and catfish you. That's worse. In fact, that's just straight batshit and explains a lot about the type of relationship these two had.
Between Marissa wanting her phone bills paid through innocuous sexual encounters with Facebook strangers and Aunt "Topdog" thinking the key to her niece's affection was through catfishing her, it's not too tough to imagine that a fallout may have been inevitable. But I think at the end of the day the blame falls solely on the Aunt. Just mind your business and let Marissa do Marissa, and stay off the internet cus you're an old woman who should know that social media is just out of your league.
* So curious about how the topic of sex for a paid phone bill was even approached. That's gotta be something you're looking to steer clear of as an Aunt, right? I guess she just really bought in to the role of "Topdog", so... respect.
P.S. Necessary Always Sunny video, cus it's about Catfishing...