Slain Woman’s Final Tweets: Should We Be Paying More Attention to Social Media?

On a Friday morning, Deanna Cook called 911 as her husband, Delvecchio Patrick was attacking her once again in Dallas. The police arrived, leaving only after they received no answer at the door. Two days later, Cook’s teenage daughters discovered her body.

In an interesting turn of events, however, clues to the last events of Cook’s life may be found on Twitter. While many use Twitter for social networking or spreading a brand message, for Cook, it was a cry for help.

Hours before her death on Friday, Cook tweeted the following: Tru! Thats why I made the First move, Now Dude say He Gone KILL me. Wouldn’t be so bad if he ain’t tried 3 times before, But I’m Gods Child ain’t never scared.

As Cook states in her final tweet, Patrick had made attempts on her life three times before. She knew her life was in danger, and conveyed that message through this form of social media. The question remains, however: should we be paying closer attention to social media?

Certainly this is not the first time someone has reached out for help via social media. But with such cryptic tweets such as the ones from Cook, should her followers have said something? As a social media-obsessed society, do we have a responsibility to look out for one another’s safety as well? Or should tweets be taken with a grain of salt?

Posted by Tyler Thurston on Aug 27, 2012


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