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    NEW YORK - Early one morning a few weeks ago, Kara Borden, a 14-year-old from Lititz, Pa., logged onto MySpace. The young, bubbly, blond-haired, brown-eyed homeschooled high school freshman had a profile on the popular networking site.

    Her page was brightly colored with pink-lined black boxes listing her friends and hobbies, a rainbow striped white background and a picture of her in a pink top, smiling with lips closed to hide her braces. She listed her interests as soccer, talking on the phone, the beach and partying. "Books are gay," she wrote. She lied about her age, listing it as 17.

    A few hours later she allegedly stood by as her boyfriend, David Ludwig, 18, shot and killed her parents.


    David was on MySpace, too.

    Kara's parents were killed on Nov. 13. Just after noon the next day, police tracked the two teens down in Indiana, capturing them after a high speed chase.

    But before that, as the story of the double murder and the two missing teens hit the news, hundreds of curious, savvy Web surfers found Kara and David's MySpace profiles and Xanga blogs. It didn't take long for reporters to begin doing the same thing. A photo used by numerous news Web sites was also from the MySpace profile of Kara's best friend. MSNBC was first to report the teens' interests found listed online.

    Next to Kara's profile picture was a quote. "...Cause I need you and I miss you," ostensibly from Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles." A reference to David? Or just a favorite song? Strangers commenting on Kara's MySpace blog perused every little detail.

    David's MySpace profile, last visited by him on Nov. 12, offered little to suggest a day later he'd murder two people. Like many other users, he listed his religion, Christian, and his job, product specialist at a Circuit City store. He doesn't smoke, he wrote, but does drink.

    Messages left by his friends include one asking if he's "going to help the smiths move on the 12th." Kara leaves a message, happy that he's signed up for MySpace, and asks him to leave a comment on her page. "<3Kara<3", she signs off.

    n a Oct. 24 blog entry, David writes about going to see the new Wallace and Gromit movie, and about visiting a college with his parents:

    "I did get to go and see Were-Rabbit (the new Wallace and Gromit movie) with a bunch of friends ... I enjoyed the movie even if a bunch of ppl didn't ... lol it did have some crude humor ... but some of it was reeeally funny! lol *wicked grin*

    "So yes and now today I shall be doing school and tomorrow I'm going to visit stupid York Tech school complemints [sic] of my loverly parents lol But yes now I must run and do school so ya'll have a good day. God bless!!"

    David Ludwig
    John Harrell / AP file
    David Ludwig, seen on his way back to Pennsylvania on Nov. 15, after being arrested in Indiana.
    David's Xanga site stated that he enjoyed "soft air gun wars" and "getting into trouble." He provided a link to his pictures. An album full of pictures of only him, and an album of hunting photos. Several show the teen gutting a deer.

    Kara's blog talked about soccer, bands she liked, and getting baptized. Her messages to David on MySpace were brief, harmless, seemingly frivolous. She disagreed with his statement that he's a bit overweight. "Very skinny babe ... get that through your little head!! heh otay ttyl."

    "How is school and crap?," she asked a mutual friend of her and David's. "Mine is really boring..sigh...oh well ttyl."

    Then came the murder.

    While public access to Kara's and David's blogs was eventually restricted, it was already too late. Voyeuristic Web users flooded the sites with disturbing messages offering their take on events.

    Under David's blog entry, one user jokes, "I have a bad feeling about this guy, i'd stay away if i were you." Another adds, "You know what inmates do to guys like you?" One girl writes, "U HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS U SICK FREAK!!! ON THE NEWS IT SAID U WERE A CHRISTIAN MY ASS U WOULDNT HAVE KILLED HER PARENTS IF U WERE!!!!" A debate on the godliness of Christians follows. The comments grow progressively angrier and more vulgar than can be printed here.

    Other posts included a "Free David" graphic and an invitation to the "David Double Homicide Fan Club."

    Friends' blogs invaded, too
    The comments on Kara's profile aren't much better. Many express sympathy and belief in her innocence, but others accuse her of being David's partner in crime, and helping him plan the murder.

    Some MySpace users even traveled to the pages of Kara and David's friends, glutting their comment space with hate-filled invective. One friend of Kara's cancelled her account.

    "I know you are ALL worried about my best friend Kara and even David," Kara's friend writes on her profile page, "Yes it true what happened, the muder [sic] and abduction - as far as anything else .. I am not sure at the moment. I would greatly appriciate it if you ALL stopped messaging me and Kara and even David. Thanks for your prayers -its greatly appriciated! But - the constant overflow of messages is too much on top of all this! Thanks though for caring!"

    Another friend reveals far more aggravation with the flock of rubberneckers visiting her page. "I do NOT know where she is and i have NOTHING to do with her being missing," she writes. "ALL IN ALL, STOP SENDING ME MESSAGES JUST TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT KARA. I GOT OVER 65 MESSAGES WITHIN AN HOUR LAST NIGHT AND I ONLY RESPONDED TO THE FIRST 3. SO MORE THAN LIKELY, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME SENDING ME ONE."

    Shortly after Kara's page began to attract attention her profile was set to private (meaning only her friends can access it) and most of its content was taken offline. But not before someone corrected her age to 14.

    MySpace and the news
    It's not the first time MySpace has had a surreal role in popular news stories. At times it's been a colorful sounding board, at other times space for a grim eulogy.

    Earlier this summer, Zach Stark, a gay 16-year-old from Bartlett, Tenn., made headlines when he wrote in his MySpace blog about his parents' decision to send him to Camp Refuge, a camp aimed at setting homosexuals straight. Gay rights activists picked up on Zach's blog and rallied to his side, protesting the group running the camp, Love In Action. Earlier this month, a federal judge upheld the state of Tennessee's prosecution of Love In Action for running a mental health facility without a license.

    And in September, New York college students Mellie Carballo and Maria Pesantez died in a well-reported wave of heroin overdoses. Both had MySpace profiles. Friends and strangers visited to leave notes of condolence, as well as a few scathing diatribes against the way heroin use had wasted two young lives. Both girls profiles' contained numerous drug references.

    That same month, on the MySpace profile of 19-year-old Taylor Behl, friends and strangers posted pleas for the safe return of the Virginia college student before police made the gruesome discovery of her body.

    While the news may not have a long shelf life, these online profiles do. New messages from friends still appear on Maria's MySpace page every so often. So do spam ads from the clubs she used to frequent.

    On Taylor's profile, friends relayed condolence letters strangers had sent them. Several MySpace tributes to Taylor's memory have been created. Since returning from Camp Refuge, Zach erased his old blog and the comments from strangers, but still updates readers of his situation. "I miss my old life," he wrote in a recent entry.

    Sometimes a MySpace profile is created after a news story takes place. Hoax profiles are often created for celebrities. The Olsen twins, for example, have numerous entries pretending to be them on several different networking sites.

    Kara and David's profiles were not hoaxes, however, and have in fact drawn the interest of the authorities investigating the case.

    What does a MySpace profile reveal? And what, if anything, could parents do if they knew about them earlier? If the parents had been aware of the numerous drug references present in Mellie and Maria's profiles, could they have provided them counseling before it was too late?

    Would Kara's parents have talked to their daughter earlier if they'd known she was representing herself online as a 17-year-old who likes to party? Would they have been more aware of David's capacity for violence if they had seen the pictures on his blog?

    Hindsight is 20/20. What might look obvious to someone looking back on a profile now may have seemed innocuous before. But clearly, what MySpace and other social networking sites like it do provide are windows into the private and complex mind of a teenager. The pages are not always frivolous fun they may also be a cry for help.

    On MySpace, users choose their own web page title which attracts people to their profiles, often showing off who they are and how they feel. Kara's headline is eerily ironic and utterly familiar, to anyone who knows the frustrations of feeling like an overprotected teenager.

    Kara Borden's headline was "meant to live."

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    The moral of this story?

    Homeschooling = Bad
    Jesus lovers = undercover killers
    Age = no matter the generation or religion, people lie.
    Internet = Real life
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    Here is Kara's MySpace, even though you have to be her friend to see her actual page.

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...0A511132205875

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    she's quite matue looking for a 14 year old.

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    ^ Yeah she is, she looks sorta like an older Jamie Lynn Spears.^

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    I bet that Camp Refuge place for teaching gays to become straight and run by Love In Action is really run by Scientologists.
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    I'm not surprised about the gay kid's parents being fucked up enough to send him to straight camp. Why? Because he lives in Bartlett, Tn. It's a tight-assed suburb of the Memphis area (one of a few) and I'm very familiar with it, as my husband grew up there and has parents still living there. I also dated a guy in college who was from there and probably still lives there. I wouldn't doubt if they were members at Bellvue Baptist Church. Even though it's one of a bazillion churches in the area it's THE big daddy of the baptist churches, in that area, in a huge obnoxious building the size of an arena or a Galleria Mall with three gigantic spotlit crosses practically the size of one of the federal buildings in downtown Memphis. They glow ominously, visible from the interstate, as the church is located right off an exit. It's supposed to be some kind of big deal to be a member. If I worshiped money and had a complete lack of scruples, I'd start my own church. Biggest and best rackets in history! Legal and tax-free too.
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    Seems she has logged in on 12/08/05 mmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVZ View Post
    she's quite matue looking for a 14 year old.
    That was one of the same comments being made by the Philadelphia news. The pictures they were showing definitely did not look like a 14 year old.

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    That story creeped me out a bit. Some youths today are so disturbed.
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    What about the girl from livejournal who killed her parents herself?? I was more disturbed by that one myself
    Dramatically overdramatic

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    ^^ Never heard that one. Its so sad.

    When I left school I got a phone call telling me that one of my male friends had hung himself in his bedroom after visiting some weird gothic site where they all displayed their devotion to the site by committing suicide at the same time. He was on drugs too. At school he was such a nice boy but he just went off the rails when he left. I think he was lonely because he lost touch with most people.

    It just makes you feel so bad, you know, makes you think maybe if I called him, maybe if I made more of an effort.
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    Live Journal blogger has mother killed

    Rachelle Waterman, a 16 year old Live Journal blogger of Ketchikan, Alaska, has been charged with 1st degree murder following the killing of her mother, according to the criminal complaint laid in the Craig District Court.

    Her mother, 48-year-old Lauri Waterman, was found barbequed in a burning van following the solicitation by Rachel of two extremely stupid boyfriends to knock her off.

    Her last post to her blog (since removed) indicated that her mother had been murdered and the police where about to seize her computer, however she gave no indication of her role in the conspiracy.

    Glassdog alleges that the plot arose from her mothers wish to send her to fat camp.
    Full story from wikipedia - http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/American..._of_her_mother

    Her Livejournal - http://www.livejournal.com/users/smchyrocky/

    And since the entries from march 2004 on have been deleted, heres a link to a zip-file archive of the deleted entries http://elliottback.com/wp/archives/2...adly-blogging/

    Pretty fucked up I must say.
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    I read the story last night, and I have to say, somehow they make it sound like "the internet is evil and to blame".. Anyone else get that impression?? I mean i dont think the net and blogging has anything to do with it... Home schooling (wtf?? who thought that was a good idea to allow that shit??) and all the overt christian declarations... Those seem more plausible. I mean if anything, you would think the parents would be involved enough to know what their kids are doing, and myspace would be a way for them to get information about their kids, not a point of influence towards murder..

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    Maybe it's just me, but I think overly sheltering your kids from the world is more to blame. Kids that are a tad more savvy and are allowed to have a life and relationships in the real world are probably less likely to fall prey to a someone they met over the internet and formed a relationship with if you ask me.
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