Aunt Creates Fake Facebook Profile, Things Go Quite Awry

...when niece asks fake 'friend' to kill her aunt
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2014 1:48 PM CDT
Aunt Creates Fake Facebook Profile, Things Go Quite Awry

Today in unexpected twists—what began as an attempt to teach a 19-year-old a life lesson turned into a murder-for-hire plot that has landed that same teen in Tuscaloosa County Jail. This is how it went down: reports that Marissa Williams often invited strangers she met on Facebook to her aunt’s Alabama home, where she’d lived since April. When her aunt got wise to these activities, she laid down the law, and Williams’ response was to block her aunt on Facebook. In order to teach Williams a lesson about online safety, her aunt invented Tre “Topdog” Ellis and made the fake man a Facebook page so she could connect with Williams. On the first day “Tre” and her niece talked online, the teen allegedly offered him her phone number, address, and sex in return for paying her $50 cell phone bill. But it doesn’t end there.

Before long, authorities say, Williams asked “Tre” to kill her aunt, cousin, her aunt's fiance, and the family dog. Her alleged plan began with “Tre” kidnapping her to get her away from her family and out of Alabama, and killing her aunt if she intervened. But it grew from there—Williams allegedly gave “Tre” directions to her aunt’s bedroom, added the rest of the family to her hit list, and decided she would pack up the car during the slaughter. That was when her aunt called the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. In an interview, Williams fessed up to deputies, but said she didn’t actually want anyone dead. The police locked her up anyway, charging her with solicitation of murder. (Last month, a Facebook selfie led to a man's arrest.)

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