A relationship is never officially over until you change your status on Facebook. Unfortunately, for a couple in England, one such profile update ended in murder.
Wayne Forrester, 35, was sentenced to jail for life last week for killing his wife, Emma, after she changed the relationship status on her Facebook profile to "single." Forrester, who was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, drove 15 miles to their former New Addington home and stabbed her while she lay in bed.
The couple had financial and personal issues for a while, and Forrester had moved out to live with his sister four days before the murder. London's Daily Mail reported that he constantly called Emma after moving out. A day before the murder, he had called his parents complaining about the profile change and said it made him "look like a fool."
This truly awful story is a strange case of a public, virtual status change signifying more finality than an actual, private one.