Kyle Dube was arrested last week for allegedly killing 15-year-old Nichole Cable. He told police that he wanted to fake her abduction and then "rescue" her so he would be a hero. To that end, he allegedly lured her out of her home by creating a fake Facebook account with the name of a friend of hers, grabbed her when she met him, tied her up, and put her in the trunk of his car. He claims that when he opened the trunk, Nichole was dead. But friends and family members say that Dube had been obsessed with Nichole for awhile, and she had been rejecting his advances.
Nichole's boyfriend told police that Dube had supposedly groped Nichole and tried to kiss her and left a bite mark on her the day before she disappeared. This, however, didn't stop her from text messaging with Dube the next day. Like a lot of young girls, it seems that Nichole didn't quite understand her own boundaries, or even if she was allowed to have them.
The day of her disappearance, she texted Dube about going to meet Brian Butterfield, the boy she had just friended on Facebook -- but who was really Dube. She was reportedly going to meet up with Butterfield to "get a free 20 bag" of marijuana.
Reportedly, as she went to meet "Butterfield", she was texting Dube -- not realizing that she was really being tricked into meeting him. She said she was nervous about meeting up Butterfield at the end of a dirt road and texted to Dube, "is it alright to be a little scared?" to which he replied, "No I wouldn't be."
That was the last time anyone saw her alive. Allegedly it was after these chilling texts that Dube -- who was in a mask -- kidnapped and killed Nichole.
Nichole's mother, Kristin Wiley, says she wants to work to make teenagers more aware of the dangers of social media. Nichole died because someone was allowed to set up a fake account with a friend's name. I think parents and teens need to be triply aware about the dangers of meeting up with people from social media, which gives the impression of a person having been "vetted." It's one thing to meet up with a total stranger -- another to meet up with someone that you think is already a friend, such as happened to Nichole.
Do you teach your kids about the dangers of social media?
Image via Penobscot County Sheriff's Dept.