Thursday, June 9, 2011

What not to do on social media. Do people really not think?

I have been interviewed on this subject by Carleen Wild on NBC15 in Madison WI. Facebook is being dragged into more divorce cases each day as evidence of betrayal, infidelity, and just plain nastiness. I always tell people when I speak to groups, if you want something private, do not put it on the Internet in any way.

Amplify’d from

A 29-year-old woman going through a difficult divorce created a fake profile in an attempt to get some dirt on her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

Posing as a 17-year-old girl named Jessica Studebaker, Angela Voelkert contacted her husband, David, 38, on Facebook. The friendship that developed between the husband and the fake profile turned out to be a lot more incriminating than Angela could have imagined at the outset.

In messages with “Jessica,” David predictably asked the girl to run away with him; he also admitted that he had installed a GPS tracking system on his wife’s vehicle — both of which are enough for criminal charges in themselves.

The husband then proceeded to tell “Jessica,” a.k.a. Angela Voelkert, that he wanted his wife out of the picture — and by “out of the picture,” we mean “deceased.”


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