BIANCA DEVINS AND HOW LIVESTREAMED MURDER HAS BECOME THE ULTIMATE SHITPOST (Plus 2 retrieved photos of murder)

When we ask why the archetype of the serial killer has faded from public consciousness, we may well look to the trend of murders broadcasted directly to the internet.

Actual murder scene photo of Bianca Devines posted by the perpetrator. Click to enlarge.

Like far too many people, I can’t help checking my phone one last time before bed, usually while brushing my teeth. When I did so on Sunday night, I saw Twitter chatter about a murder that had unfolded that morning on Instagram and Discord, with possible connections to 4chan and an incel subgroup known as “darkcels.” Some 10 hours later, police confirmed that 17-year-old Bianca Devins of Utica, New York, was the victim of a homicide; 21-year-old Brandon Andrew Clark, her alleged killer, was hospitalized in critical condition due to severe injuries.