Tweets have the power to entertain, to communicate, and to spread ideas. But they also have the power to send chills down your spine. And the ones that are the most haunting are the ones that are posted just before people's death. This is actually a lot more common than you think. There are news stories about it all the time, and there's something very weird about seeing someone's last words being posted on social media for all to see.
Sometimes these last words share strange insights into the cause of death. Sometimes the message is quite clear - that they intend to kill themselves. Sometimes the message in these last tweets can give us clues as to the cause of the death. And sometimes the tweets are just plain cryptic and strange, leaving us with more questions than answers. One thing's for sure though - each one will make your skin crawl.
While these tweets are definitely interesting and compelling, it's important to remember that these are real people who died real deaths. In the end, I hope these people rest in peace.
15 Sinead Higgins
Police are still trying to figure out the meaning of Sinead Higgins' last tweet. It was made just days before her body was found, and it certainly seems pretty ominous. Both her and her son were found dead in their London home in December 2016. A 56-year old neighbor, Barbara Lonnon, knew something was wrong, and she remembers her last interaction with the mother: “I last saw Sinead on Sunday, she’d obviously been to Sainsbury’s and had a few bits in her bag. She didn’t talk, she had her head down. I last spoke to her about a month ago for around an hour. She was desperate, she said everything was going wrong. We had a chat and I said you need to go get help but she said no it’s all going to be sorted I’m OK now.”
After doing a post-mortem on the bodies, the authorities found out the shocking truth - this was a murder-suicide. The toxicology reports indicate that the mother and the son had high toxicity levels, indicating that they had overdosed on something. Clearly life was getting too hard to handle for this woman, and she also took the life of her 7-year-old son.
14 Harry Harling
"F*** The System." That was Harry Harling's last tweet before the 15-year-old plummeted to his death from a Dubai building. This was yet another case of a partying teen who went way too hard, and it seems that the death was an alcohol-related accident. He was studying at Jumeirah College, living and going to school in the United Emirates for 9 years with his family, who had moved there for work.
He had many friends who left kind messages on his Facebook page following his death. One friend said: "Mate I'm so sorry, I should of never left you alone on Friday. I should of stayed with you till you got a taxi. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me." No one can quite figure out how the young teen obtained alcohol - as Dubai has strict alcohol laws; theoretically you can only obtain alcohol at hotels.
13 Alexandra Kogut
One of the most tragic tweets came from a college student named Alexandra Kogut. Her words seemed to indicate that she knew she was about to die. The tweet simply said "Should've known." Following her death, her Twitter page was taken down, but numerous news sources reported on her last Tweet because of its chilling implications. This 18-year-old girl was the victim of a savage and fatal beating by her ex-boyfriend, Clayton Whittemore. The man was a promising hockey star, and was found by state patrols 100 miles away. The strangest thing about this is that friends and family never suspected everything was wrong with the relationship. On the surface, they seemed like a loving couple. Whittemore claims "She wouldn’t stop pushing me, so I started punching her. I kept hitting her over and over with my fists." Whittemore then grabbed a curling iron and beat her some more, finishing her off.
12 Dorothy Dutiel
There were so many warning signs on Dorothy Dutiel's Twitter page before her murder-suicide. First there was her tweet "Who else is ready to shoot themselves?" Her friends assumed this was a reference to final exams, and would be proved wrong later. Then her tweet "rejected af" was no doubt a reference to her failing lesbian relationship with another student, Mary Kieu. And finally, her last ever tweet: "Good bye (:" How did no one ever realize she was about to commit suicide? The horrified reaction from her friends, family, and the authorities was too little, too late? Both Mary Kieu and Dorothy Dutiel were found dead in their Arizona high school. They were only 15 years old. At the scene, police found a firearm and a suicide note, and quickly deduced that it was a murder-suicide. It seems that Mary Kieu wanted to break up with Dorothy Dutiel, and Dorothy couldn't take that rejection.
11 Hannah Truelove
In a truly chilling last tweet, a 16-year-old girl warned her friends that she was being followed by a stalker - only to be found dead in the woods of her hometown in Georgia. Her name was Hannah Truelove, and her last tweets are truly haunting. First she tweeted "I got me an ugly a** stalker" then "So scared right now." This is a very grim look into what was obviously this girl's last few moments on Earth. Police say that she suffered a "violent death" and it was at the hands of someone she knew. She was living with her mother at the time in an apartment building. She previously tweeted her wish to move out of the apartment, perhaps a hint that there were dangerous people living there. Police are still searching for her murderer.
10 Marcus Wheeler
After reading Marcus Wheeler's final tweet, people didn't have to wonder too hard about what was about to happen. In one of the most haunting last tweets ever seen, this 18-year-old star track athlete let everyone know he was about to commit suicide, before following through with it at his Arizona high school. He held a gun to his head just moments after sending the tweet, and although a resource officer tried to talk him out of it, he failed. Following his suicide, classes were cancelled and the school was shut down. No one really knows why he took his own life - but previously the student had tweeted "no motivation to do anything." Marcus Wheeler was considered one of the best long-distance runners in Arizona, and had previously won state title.
9 Jaylen Fryberg
Another tweet that came right before a murder-suicide was the one made by Jaylen Fryberg. Like Marcus Wheeler, this student also brought a gun to school, but he turned it on other students before taking his own life. His violence towards other students was thought to be a result of a failed romance, and he opened fire in the school cafeteria. After wounding at least 4 students and killing one, he turned the gun on himself. His previous posts on social media were a foreshadowing of what was about to happen, with one Instagram post showing off his new hunting rifle someone had given him as a gift. Another tweet seemed to indicate he was "broken" after the failed romance. He seemed to target people specifically, people who were his friends and, in his mind, had betrayed him.
8 Skylar Neese
Skylar Neese's last two tweets show that she was going through a seriously rough time before her death. She was just 16 when she was killed by her two "BFFs" in the woods. The two friends who killed her were reportedly worried that Skylar would spill their secret - that they were actually lesbian lovers. Skylar had also tweeted some telling things before her death, threatening to share this secret with the world. That might have been what prompted the two girls, Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy, to commit the bloody murder. The girls later pretended to look for the body. Rachel later confessed after being committed to a mental hospital, and the two were charged with murder.
7 Jessica Ghawi
The 2012 shooting at a Colorado movie theater made headlines around the world, and one woman sent out a chilling last tweet just minutes before her death. Her name was Jessica Ghawi, and she had a bright future ahead of her. She was an aspiring sports journalist, but her promising career was cut short by a ruthless shooter. James Eagan Holmes entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, opening fire with a semi automatic rifle and using an incendiary device. Jessica Ghawi was hit once in the body, and once in the head. She died not long afterwards. Her last tweet showed her excitement for the movie which she never saw: "MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES." She was just one of 12 people who lost their lives in that theater, and it was an extremely high profile shooting in America.
6 Gavin Long
Gavin Long was the man who killed 3 police officers in Baton Rouge back in 2016, and these were his last tweets. Obviously this was a very emotional individual, and one that seemed to accept death. His last ever tweet was "Just bc you wake up every morning doesn't mean that you're living. And just bc you shed your physical body doesn't mean you're dead." This showed that he knew exactly what was going to happen on the day of his shooting spree. After killing 3 police officers and wounding 3 others, he was shot dead by a SWAT team. His mother says that he felt very strongly about the killing of black men by various police officers in America. He was also a veteran of the Iraq war, and may have suffered from PTSD.
5 Rose Mayr
Judging by her Tweet, Rose Mayr's night seemed to be going just fine. But moments after she posted this view, she was crushed under tons of coal after a train derailed. She was actually drinking by the train tracks on top of a bridge overlooking West Baltimore. She, along with her friend, was only 19 years old when the incident happened. It's unclear what exactly happened or how they died, because they were buried under tons of coal that spilled from the derailed cars. It was a haunting last tweet and just goes to show that one minute everything can be fine, and the next your life can be taken away. The train track area where the girls were killed was a popular hangout spot for kids and teens, although nothing like this had ever happened before. It's unclear what caused the train to derail, but you can see by the picture to the right that the destruction was devastating.
4 Jason Fyles
Sometimes the most chilling final tweets are those that express a last desperate cry for help. And it's even more haunting when those cries for help go unanswered. Such was the case with a 19-year-old named Jason Fyles from Liverpool, who tweeted "I find it really sad that everyone that i tried to get help. From just. Turned. Their. Back" one month before his body was found in the Tyne river. Despite this dark message, authorities are convinced that it was neither a suicide, nor a murder, and that he somehow ended up in the river as an accident. It is almost certain that he was drinking that night, and the general consensus is that his final tweet was an alcohol-induced angry rant, rather than a declaration of suicide. The boy's mother echoes these statements, saying that Jason was planning to take trips with the family, and showed no signs that he was about to take his own life.
3 Andrea Jaime
One of the strangest final tweets ever came from a university student named Andrea Jaime. With her last tweet, "This is what dying must feel like," she seems to actually predict her own death, unintentionally or intentionally. She was attending MedStar Georgetown University when she fell ill with a terrible fever. She reached temperatures of over 105 degrees before passing away. It was later determined that she was suffering from a severe case of meningitis. The student, who was originally from Bogota, Columbia, sparked a school-wide scare of a potential outbreak of a deadly disease. But days passed and thankfully she was the only one to die of the disease. It is unknown what caused the meningitis, but it can be caused by bacteria or even a simple injury.
2 Colleen Burns
Colleen Burns was enjoying the view of the Grand Canyon so much that she decided to take a picture of it and post it on Twitter. Along with this Twitter pic was the caption "That view tho." As it turned out, that view ended up being the last thing she ever saw. She tumbled from this cliff face just moments after taking this picture, plummeting to her death. The woman was only 35 years old when she died, and she was hiking with he friends when she had her fatal accident. The Florida woman left behind many close friends and family members, and she was described as a "fearless" woman who wasn't afraid to live her life to her fullest. Her body was found 400 feet below the top of the cliff where this picture was taken, and authorities determined she died from "multiple blunt impacts."
1 Nolan Burch
It's becoming a theme in this article that the eeriest and most chilling final tweets are the kind that seem to predict their own deaths. It's almost as if people have some kind of sixth sense, an inherent knowledge of what's about to happen from their subconscious minds. These are by far the most haunting of tweets, because they really make you think about the world. And this type of thing is a lot more common than you think, in and outside of the Twitter world. People predict their own deaths all the time, and it's one of the world's most interesting unexplained phenomena.
One such example of this was Nolan Burch. He tweeted "It's about to be a very eventful night to say the least" a few hours before he died at a frat party, found without a pulse and with 6 times the normal alcohol limit in his body. Did he make a subconscious decision to drink so much that it would kill him? That's perhaps offensive to the memory of Nolan, and maybe that's inappropriate, but certain psychologists such as Carl Jung have suggested that people's subconscious minds act and behave without us being consciously aware of it...
Sources: people.com, mirror.co.uk, deadspin.com, thesun.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk