Young Man Uses Facebook to Confess to Two Murders

People use Facebook for a variety of reasons. The social media platform can be used to stay in touch with relatives, post vacation pictures and… confess to murder.

At least that is what 23-year-old Casey James Lawhorn used his Facebook page for this morning when he submitted a post describing in vivid detail how he murdered his mother and best friend early Sunday morning. In the post, the young man made the following chilling statement: “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about murder, wondering what it feels like. But I’ve barely felt anything.”

Lawhorn discusses in the post how he shot his best friend, 22-year-old Avery Gaines, with a stolen rifle. Gaines was dozing off on the couch when Lawhorn entered his bedroom, retrieved the rifle, and then shot his friend in the head once. In his confession, Lawhorn said Gaines, “seemed to die instantly.”

Apparently one victim was not enough for Lawhorn, so he made his way into his mother’s bedroom. He reports in the Facebook post that she was “disoriented from alcohol.” When Lawhorn went to pull the trigger on his mother, 54-year-old Vi Lawhorn, the rifle jammed. He fixed the weapon and fired off twice, but he “missed anything vital” due to the darkness of the room. According to Lawhorn, his mother “started screaming the worst scream I’ve ever heard. Movies really don’t do justice to how true the terror sounds.” It doesn’t appear Lawhorn was phased by the screams because he proceeded to shoot her again.

After the fatal shot to his mother, he then took some heroin and cash from his friend’s pockets before hopping into his 2002 gold Ford Taurus and heading toward Mississippi. At some point, the killer’s car broke down on I-59. It was at this time that he wrote the Facebook post, which included some insight to his frame of mind. Lawhorn stated, “I was shaking from adrenaline, but I felt nothing other than that, except maybe disgust at the corpse in front of me and the noises it was making.”

On Sunday evening, 911 received a call from Lawhorn. Stan Allen, East Ridge Assistant Police Chief, told ABC News, “The suspect called and identified himself. He told us that he had committed the crime and that he was going to a location north of our city to find a secluded spot to kill himself.”

Lawhorn’s body was found this morning in Mississippi with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Although the post has since been deleted, you can read it below:



Screenshots courtesy of New York Post.


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