Philly Facebook vigilantes claim wrong man is the Kensington Strangler

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There’s two reasons why I don’t post the Facebooks or MySpaces of criminals anymore. The first is that they have family and friends listed on their profiles that usually had nothing to do with whatever crimes they have committed.

The other reason is because of stories like this.

In Philadelphia there have been a series of strangulation murders in the Kensington section of the city. Of course the serial killer has been dubbed the Kensington Strangler.

Someone, it’s unknown who at this time, posted on Facebook that a 24-year-old Kensington man was the strangler. With Facebook being what it is it circulated as fact. However it turns out that the guy that the Facebook vigilantes thought was the strangler turned out to be ruled out as a suspect. He wasn’t even considered a suspect by police. People started gathering at his house. No word if they were carrying pitchforks, torches and nooses.

The man was in such fear for his life that called police to come get him so he could get his name cleared. Police were able to clear him through the DNA evidence.

Remember kids, not everything on Facebook is true. And if you have information on a major crime like that call police, don’t post it on Facebook. Let the real police do their job without them having to worry about internet turned real lynch mobs.