Photo of Slain Woman Stays on Facebook for 36 Hours

Man charged with murdering girlfriend also posted bloody selfie, claims it was suicide pact
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2016 6:17 AM CDT
Photo of Slain Woman Stays on Facebook for 36 Hours
Kenneth Alan Amyx   (Submitted Photo)

Family and friends say it took Facebook a day and a half to remove a photo of a murdered Texas woman, despite their pleas. “I asked them to remove it several times,” the sister of Jennifer Streit-Spears' tells the Daily Dot. “They told me I could block Jennifer if I didn’t like what she posted.” Police in Plano, Texas, say Kenneth Alan Amyx, 45, posted the grisly photo, along with a blood-covered selfie, with the caption “Please pray for us and love you all,” CBS News reports. Officers found Streit-Spears, 43, stabbed to death in an apartment on Sunday; they also found Amyx, who had stab wounds that were later determined to be self-inflicted. Amyx, who was treated for his wounds and jailed, also texted a photo to the victim’s mother, per an affidavit cited by the Dallas Morning News. Amyx told police that he and Streit-Spears were lifelong friends who had been dating for four months and had “agreed to stab one another until they died.”

Amyx says Streit-Spears “chickened out” and “he had to finish her off.” Originally, he says, the pair planned to run away together because he was wanted by police on charges of sexually abusing a child and indecent exposure. Facebook at first refused to remove the photos of the alleged murderer and victim, per the New York Daily News, saying it believed the image was a call for help posted by a victim. "Facebook has long been a place where people share their experiences and raise awareness about important issues," a rep told the newspaper. "Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve violence and graphic images of public interest or concern." Once the true nature of the images became clear, the site took them down, reports the Daily News. (A Washington man allegedly posted photos of his slain girlfriend on 4-chan.)

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