A PSYCHOTIC convict has killed a dozen people on the social networking website Facebook by sending them a message saying 'Rob has just murdered you'.
Rob Hodder, who is currently serving a four year sentence in HMP Bristol for threatening people on public transport with a juicer, used the website's Do A Brutal Murder function to execute the crimes from his mobile phone.
He now faces the real possibility of being sent a picture of a noose.
Dan Parkins, from Walsall, was one of those killed: "When I accepted a friend request from Rob I thought maybe he was someone I met in the chai tent at the Big Chill. Then he updated his status to 'Rob wants to wear your skin.'
"Next thing I knew, a tiny picture of a knife appeared on the screen next to a message saying I'd been murdered. It's tragic – I had so much to look forward to in life and my death is a great loss."
Chief Inspector Guy Lawson, who is leading the investigation into the murders, said: "What's particularly shocking about this case is that only minutes after his first attack the killer had uploaded a funny picture of a cheese slice that looks like a face.
"Hodder is a shockingly callous man and once we've found him on Facebook and joined his network we fully intend to use the Do A Hanging function."
A spokesperson for Facebook said: 'When we introduced the 'Do A Brutal Murder' feature we clearly overestimated our users' ability to differentiate between reality – as in things that actually exist – and the pretend world of tawdry self-promotion and nauseatingly contrived quirkiness that is our website."