Young people seem to be omnipresent on social media these days, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, parents should still keep a watchful eye just to make sure that the young ones aren’t planning to do something really messed up. And it’s a good thing this woman kept track of what her young niece was planning to do through a catfishing method, or she wouldn’t have been here to tell the tale.
Patra Williams of Alabama, USA, noticed that her niece Marissa was showing some erratic behavior. Because Patra took the 22-year-old in, she decided to keep track of what she was doing, and the best method for this plan was a catfish.
Simply put, to catfish someone is to stalk exactly what they’re doing through a social media profile that doesn’t carry a single piece of your identity. People have done it for years, and in most cases it’s used for zeroing in on someone’s private information, but aunt Patra wanted to make sure that her niece was fine.
Shockingly, after Patra catfished Marissa under the profile name ‘Tre Topdog Ellis’, she discovered that her niece had been planning her murder all along.
This is actually seriously disturbing.
“I still wrestle with the thought of being deceptive towards her. But it was a necessarily evil.”
Patra contacted Marissa through the Tre account and not knowing that she was talking to her aunt, she revealed how she hated staying with her along with suggesting that they sleep together.
“She was so angry with me. She totally disengaged from me. After that you could feel the tension in the house. I was just trying to be a doting aunt but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just wanted to keep my eye on her.”
Patra took Marissa in back in 2014, and even though the two’s relationship was fine at first, Marissa began to hook up with boys on Facebook, and after her aunt banned her from entering the house very late at night, Marrisa’s response was furious.
She wrote to the catfish account:
“I feel so trapped, she won’t let me see you! F*** my auntie.
B**** don’t know s*** about me. I’m going f****** crazy. You gotta get me outta here. I hate her, I hate everyone here. I know how I can see you, come to the house and kill my aunt. Yes I want you to kill them all and the dog.”
After Patra had read these horrifying messages, she had no choice but to call the authorities, which she did with a lot of hesitation.
“I remember hitting all three of those buttons, 9-1-1. I had a lump in my throat, I don’t remember speaking cohesively. The other person on the end was trying to make sense about it, they wanted to know if it was real.”
A serious crime was prevented. But is Patra’s way OK? Desperate times do call for desperate measures, but this young woman was probably more in need of counseling than catfishing.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t tick ‘be extra-super-amazingly-careful’ off the list, and it doesn’t exclude the ‘watch who you welcome in your home’ either.