The internet has allowed us to witness things we wouldn't normally , among those sometimes being a person’s last words. Following up on our Chilling Last Tweets installment, we’re looking at the 10 most haunting last Facebook posts. Due to the subject matter behind some of these posts, this video may not be suitable for all audiences. A lot of the posts found in this video were from people suffering from mental health disorders. If you or somebody you know is suffering from depression or experiencing other mental health problems, we here at Top10Archive encourage you to visit ADAA.org for resources on how you can get help.
Michelle Rowling and Montrell Cooper had a volatile relationship. The kind that allowed Michelle to know that, when Montrell was released from prison, she would likely not survive their next encounter. “If anything happens to me tonight, just let my kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her,” Rowling wrote after learning Montrell would be released. Five days of quiet and inactivity later, Michelle’s body was found in her apartment with multiple stab wounds, courtesy of Montrell.
After a hidden camera video of he and another man was broadcast publicly to Rutgers University students, Tyler Clementi promptly vanished. The only clue to his whereabouts was a short, straight-forward Facebook post. It would be the last thing the young man would say to anyone after his friend, Molly Wei, allegedly leaked the sexual encounter. “Jumping off the GW bridge sorry,” Clementi wrote, his quick apology overshadowed by the shame of the publicized private encounter. Personal effects of Clementi were found by the George Washington Bridge in New York.
On March 8th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar. On July 17th, Dutch traveler, Cor Pan, was about to board the Boeing 777 Malaysia Flight MH17 when he decided to snap a picture of it and post it to Facebook. Calling back to the missing Flight 370, Cor Pan writes this message “Mocht hij verdwijnen, zo ziet hij d’r uit”, roughly translated to “Should it disappear, this is what it looks like.” After take-off, flight MH17 was shot down by suspected Russian rebels. Cor Pan and the other 297 passengers and crew were killed in the crash, immediately turning a silly Facebook post into an unfortunate premonition.
Margaret Gee’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend had been strained, as evidenced on a Facebook post which starts with her explaining her ex, Scott Stuut, had been kicked out of her house. The post would wind up being her last and due to the contents of the rest of it, it quickly led to all fingers pointing to her ex-boyfriend. “He has also threatened my life, on my laptop my other roommate found how to use poisons primarily injected ones,” Margaret writes. Despite the heaviness to the post, it ends on a high note – “Thank the higher power that his plans failed”. Margaret was found shortly after the post, her throat slit and shot 3 times by Stuut.
“We are born in 1 day. We die in 1 day. We can change in 1 day. And we can fall in love in 1 day. Anything can happen in just 1 day.” The truth behind the picture that wound up being Matthew Dermer’s final Facebook post is not forgotten, but it is overshadowed by the tragic irony that, hours after posting it, Dermer was struck and killed by a drunk driver. “And I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight, but I do know here I wind up is where I’m meant to be,” Dermer closed his post, a statement that further points out the senselessness of his untimely death.
Almost a month prior to his deadly rampage at Ft. Hood Army Base on April 2nd, 2014, Ivan Lopez ranted on Facebook. “I have just lost my inner peace, full of hatred, I think this time the devil will take me,” Lopez writes in response to a series of events that lead to him feeling “robbed". His tirade is far from his final post, though, which actually came two weeks before the shooting spree and suicide. The March 15th post, which depicts the Texas flag and the words “Keep calm and no jodas,” or “Keep calm and carry on,” paints a slightly eerie picture of Lopez’s alleged mental instability, depression, and possible PTSD leading up to the killings.
Knowing you’re going to die can’t be something that’s easy to accept, but 29-year-old Brittany Maynard did exactly that. What’s haunting is that Maynard shared her acceptance with Facebook in a heartfelt “goodbye” post. Faced with the knowledge that there was no cure for her glioblastoma, Maynard explains “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness.” Maynard’s post remains optimistic – “The world is a beautiful place… Spread good energy. Pay it forward!” – emotive and filled with hope for those she left behind. In order to fulfill her request, she moved to Oregon, whose Death With Dignity Act has allowed terminally ill people to end their lives by taking a medication prescribed by doctors. She picked November 1st as the day she wanted to die because it was after her husband's late October birthday.
If the death of Amber Cornwell and her final Facebook post teaches us one thing, maybe it should be that success does not always equal happiness. Just before taking her life on December 20th, the 16-year-old honor roll student asked “If I died tonight, would anyone cry?” While not uncommon for teenagers to deliberately post dramatic questions for the spotlight, it seems Amanda genuinely wanted to know. According to her closest friends and family, Cornwell’s death was related to bullies calling her names and telling her “she had no future”; even though Cornwell was an honor roll student, played tennis, was a dancer and a member of the chorus. She was laid to rest the day after Christmas.
No matter how many times it’s said, there are those that refuse to believe texting and driving is dangerous. Courtney Sandford is one such person, having posted to her Facebook account just seconds before getting involved in a fatal car accident. It’s believed that Courtney’s last Facebook post on April 25, 2014 – “The happy song makes me HAPPY!” – was directly responsible for her vehicle crossing an interstate median into oncoming traffic. Sanford posted about the Pharrell song at 8:33am, only one minute prior to the initial 911 call about the crash.
By August of 2014, Dillon Taylor’s life had taken several turns for the worst. According to two Facebook posts created days prior to Dillon’s death, his family turned their backs on him, he was living on the streets struggling to eat, and was expecting several warrants out for his arrest. “I’ll die before I go do a lot of time in a cell,” Dillon posts on August 7th, followed by “It’s about my time soon,” two days later. On the night of August 11th, Dillon was found waving a gun in the air. Dillon was shot by officers when he refused to comply.