The Real Danger Of MySpace: Girlfriends With Jealousy Issues

from the that'll-teach-him dept

There have been plenty of stories about the dangers of MySpace, most of them focusing on how the site is supposed to be a breeding ground for predators to take advantage of children. But another danger of the site has gone ignored: jealous girlfriends. An Arizona woman has been arrested after she tried to hire someone to kill a woman whose picture appeared on her boyfriend’s MySpace page, ignoring the option of leaving a comment on the interloper’s MySpace page to keep her dirty paws off her boyfriend, online or off. Of course, like many of the problems MySpace and other social networking sites get blamed for, this has little to do with the site itself and more to do with one individual who’s got some issues, but still, shouldn’t we be doing more to protect the MySpace philanderers, as well as the children?

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Jason Patterson (user link) says:

You make a good point. she took it way to far and it got out of control. she could have simply just ended it with with a comment to her or a msg. Yet, there is a possibility that she could have ignored the msgs or just blocked them if she really wanted to. Im currently a studen in college and we have a blog discussing recent news topics, one of the being the one you happen to blog about you can find us here.$88

Anonymous Coward says:

No... that would have gotten her in MORE trouble

IF she had actually posted anything negative on the site, then that would be used to find her (had she not been caught already), and or to make a stronger case against her during prosecution.

Yes, all criminals should post on MySpace what crimes they are about to commit. That’s a great idea. Hell, you can even make a law for it. But the fact is, criminals don’t actually want to get caught (except the jail hoppers), so they do try to NOT get caught.

You can say “it might have avoided any further conflict” but that is a “might”. What if it didn’t? She was just going for the assured victory. (and being an evil bitch)

NOTE: I am not defending her actions, just saying a CRIMINAL with CRIMINAL INTENT would not follow the recommendation to try to solve the dispute on myspace. Its ridiculous to suggest she could have. SHE’s MENTAL.

Celes says:

Re: Re: No... that would have gotten her in MORE t

But you still have to admit the point is valid.

If a woman was murdered, and a week before the murder phone records show that her boyfriend’s wife called her, the wife would immediately become suspect. It doesn’t matter if she just called to talk about the weather. And in this case, there would be proof of some hostility. Not the sort of thing you’d want to leave behind if you’re the sort of person who wants to get away with murder.

rod says:


if you’re being satirical — okay. but even then there’s a little evidence that you are afflicted with the liberal disease of “shouldn’t we do something.” it’s none of your business — and you damned sure don’t need to talk about “we” doing something. count me out. i believe in helping people, but not these holy crusades to solve all these social problems. the one incident you mention has solved itself through the existing mechanisms. the jealous girl, who was obviously unstable, has been arrested. it’s got nothing to do with the way MySpace or YouTube conduct themselves. Well, you were probably just joshin’ anyhow, right? I hope so.

jsnbase (user link) says:

Yeesh, Rod.

‘The liberal disease of “shouldn’t we do something”‘? After reading your post, I’m much more concerned with the idiot disease of “not knowing what the hell is happening.” Relevance isn’t a monster, don’t be afraid.

I so badly want a male politician to make a stink about this so we can giggle at him for thinking it’s a MySpace problem.

Then we can all call him a seXX0r n00b or something.

Chris says:

Give it time...

…and you’ll probably see some lawyer try to take a stab at myspace. Taking a shred of relevence from this scenario, applying it to some other soccer mom’s complaint about the kiddies being a victim of the interweb (and not her bad parenting from allowing unsupervised use of the net, and having not educated her children about the possible dangers) and you’ll have FOX’s new headline story for the whole hour and a half the country pretends to give a damn.

MySpace isn’t the problem, as always, it’s people. People with malicious intent will use whatever resources are available to achieve whatever demented objective they’ve come up with. It’s really that simple.

Taige says:

Off Topic

‘Relavance isn’t a monster, don’t be afraid.’ I find this to be a rather interesting comment. Would you care to elaborate?

I think it’s funny that relativists like you condemn people with opposite viewpoints. Isn’t that hippocritical? After all, relativism is the idea to respect other peoples beliefs. Yet you attack him for disagreeing with you.

Anonymous Coward says:

There needs to be a clear line set between what is “real” and what is “vitrual/cyber”. This is were we are going wrong. My Space is not real as such anything on it ect.. is fake. What this lady did was in the real world. People need to understand the difference between “real” and “vitrual/cyber”. We should be concerned with behavior that has an impact in the real world, not the virtural. No matter how many times you pull the trigger on the gun in cyber space no one dies.

Danno says:

Is it just me?

Is it just me, or are there more dummies posting than usual?

Post #3. Duh. Ever heard of sarcasm? The ‘protect the children’ references politicians who try to enact laws that are ridiculous, simply to look like they are trying to ‘protect the children’.

Post #4. The idea was IF she posted a message to MySpace she WOULDN’T have hired a hit. Not both.

Post #5. Clue in, please. Your whole post was based on a false assumption that the writer of the blog was being wholly serious.

Post #9. ‘I think it’s funny that relativists like you condemn people with opposite viewpoints’… Do I need to say anything more about that, really? Did you actually read the post by rod?

Post #10. Everything on MySpace is fake? That’s a very interesting standpoint. My MySpace has real facts about me, a real person… And at least a few of the people listed as my ‘friends’ are, in fact, my real friends. And, believe it or not, if I leave a comment on someone’s MySpace, they do, in fact get it, and read it for ‘real’. So… tell me again how it’s all fake?

Kevin Pina says:

MySpace Malicious Uses to Damage Reputations

I opened a new account earlier this year but never had the time to use it. Today i received a request from someone wanting to join “my friends.” Out of curiosity I went back through my emails and retrieved the original account information and password initially forwarded to me after opening the account. Lo and behold the password worked and there before my eyes was a page containing pornographic photos and videos and material i personally would never want to be associated with. It was still under my name with my current email address.

I have been a journalist and documentary filmmaker for over 20 years and have been the target of malicious personal attacks because of my political stance in questioning US foreign policy. Anyone who saw this MySpace page in my name would have associated it with my person and reputation which I find frightening. Again, access to this page was only possible by using the original password that was sent directly from

Needless to say, I immediately deleted the account after creating a .pdf of the contents to forward to my attorney.

The interesting thing was that the first friend on the account was a photo of a man named Tom. I have since learned he is Mr. MySpace himself.

Beware of MySpace, their role and intention is less that transparent and clear to me.


Kevin Pina

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