“LJ Killer”

Rachelle Waterman’s LJ is filled with posts about her life, depicting not only her daily activities, but also her depression and thoughts of suicide. Yet, it is the final entry that has caught the attention of so many: “Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered.”

A few days later, reports started appearing that showed Rachelle was arrested for the murder and has since been arraigned. Thousands of speculative LJers started posting in threads on her final entry. While some were trying to understand what was happening, much of the thread devolved into obscenity. The Anchorage Daily News has a poignant article on the situation: People flock to online journal after 16-year-old’s arraignment

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2 thoughts on ““LJ Killer”

  1. Ypulse

    Live Journal, Teens & a Murder

    Update: A Ypulse reader told me that Rachelle’s Nov. 18 post has been removed. I’m guessing the LJ people took it down…maybe at the request of family or the police. Danah Boyd posted a really interesting link to a story…

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