I keep seeing this stupid "headline" when I check my mail on yahoo, and now need to post it here and get some discussion about this.
Sadly, it's nothing new, and it's stupidly framed in a morbidly sensationalistic way.
British man killed wife over 'single' Facebook status
A British man who murdered his wife after becoming enraged when she changed her relationship status on Facebook to "single" was jailed for at least 18 years late Thursday.
Edward Richardson, 41, stabbed wife Sarah, 26, to death in a "frenzied and brutal" attack at her parents' home in Biddulph, central England, last May after she altered her profile on the Internet social networking site.
The couple had been living apart since the previous month, said Fiona Cortese, a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service, which is responsible for prosecuting cases in England and Wales.
"Richardson became enraged when Sarah changed her marital status on Facebook to single and decided to go and see her as she was not responding to his (text) messages," Cortese said.
"He gained entry by breaking the front door window and made his way into the property.
There's so much wrong with this. But I'll start with the most obvious: He Didn't Kill Her Because She Changed Her Facebook Status!!! He killed her because he's an obsessive violent abusive asshole!!!
This final bit doesn't help either:
Detective Inspector Andy Wall, who worked on the case, added: "She had decided that her marriage to Edward Richardson was over but this was clearly something he could not accept."
As if her decision wasn't based on what the relationship was, which I think we can safely guess that it was abusive, duh. So the implication isn't that HE was abusive and should have STOPPED but that if SHE had not made the decision to leave the marriage then she'd still be alive, that this is all really her fault.
So to be clear, it's a woman's fault when she stays, and it's a woman's fault when she leaves. Got it.
(thanks muchly to Summer for the working link)