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With nieces like this you don’t need enemies. (Tuscaloosa County Jail)
Getting to really know someone can be frightening.
This aphorism was revealed once again, this time in Alabama, when the aunt of a 19-year-old created a fictional Facebook profile and befriended her niece as Tre ‘Topdog’ Ellis.
During the first chat, the young lady, Marissa Williams, “gave the fictional boy her phone number and home address and asked him to come over and get drunk with her. She then offered to have sex with him if he’d pay her $50 cell phone bill,” reports al.com.
That couldn’t have pleased the curious aunt, who, in February, had given Williams a place to live at her home in Fosters, Ala., about 3 hours west of Atlanta on I-20.
But the fictional Topdog was soon feeling more like McGruff the Crime Dog when, within a few day, Williams asked her new friend, whom she had never met, to kidnap her and kill her aunt if she tried to stop him.
The aunt didn’t immediately call police, but reconsidered after her niece, in subsequent messages, told Topdog how to get into her aunt’s bedroom so he could kill her and her fiance. She also asked the fake persona to shoot her cousin and the family dog on the way out. Williams said she would pack her things in his car while he murdered her family, according to court documents.
Williams is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail charged with solicitation of murder. I doubt the aunt is trying to raise the $30,000 bond she needs to get sprung.
Why did the aunt create a fake Facebook profile? According to the article, the aunt became annoyed when Williams would invite men she met on Facebook over to the house without warning. When Williams blocked her aunt on Facebook, the aunt devised her clever scheme.
I am generally against such mischief, but anything that prevents murder is OK by me.
News to Me is a blog (not a news article) written Monday-Friday and any other day George finds spare time to do such a thing.
George has been a local news editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999. Earlier attempts at journalism included stops in Valdosta, Cordele and Tifton.
A lifelong resident of Georgia, he was raised in Berrien County. He’s fond of guitars, homemade beer and finding interesting news on the wire, Internet and Twitter.