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Snapchat Selfie Identified Killer

Teen Charged With Murder Following On From Snapchat 

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A US student has been charged with murder after he sent a selfie of himself and his victim’s body to friends via Snapchat.

Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, was arrested for killing Ryan Mangan in his home near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Not the cheeriest story. Sorry if I’m dragging your day down. I’ll write something a bit more chipper after this.

Apparently, Maxwell wasn't exactly aware that Snapchat isn't as encrypted as you would have expected. Even though the pictures you send do self-destruct, as everyone knows you can just screen shot the picture. Which is exactly what happened in this case. A friend who received the image from Maxwell screenshotted the picture, showed it to his mother and then the police were contacted. The Snapchat in question has proven to be key evidence for prosecutors.

'[Police] received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face. It also depicts a black male taking the 'selfie,' with his face facing the camera and the victim behind the actor. The photo had the name 'Maxwell' across the top.’ A police affidavit states, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The boy who received the Snapchat from Maxwell also received texts saying: ‘Told you I cleaned up the shells’ and ‘Ryan was not the last one.’

I think I’d much rather be receiving a bit of spam texts than horrible things like this. I’ll even take a few creepy stalker messages than things like this. It’s been a few years since I received stuff like that. Am I losing my charm in my old age?

Nonetheless, this story feels so tragic and so unnecessary. Our thoughts go out to Ryan, his family and all those affected by this cowardly murder.

Maxwell Marion Morton confessed to killing Mr Mangan after police found a 9mm handgun hidden in his home, according to The Tribune-Review.

Police have said that he will be charged and face trial as an adult.

Tom Welby

Tom has a degree in Creative and Professional Writing and now he currently manages, edits and writes for this blog. His other interests include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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Snapchat Selfie Identified Killer Reviewed by Tom Welby on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Rating: 5
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