Woman's Horrific Facebook 'Selfie' May Have Saved Her Life

There are times when Facebook is so annoying you just want to log off of it forever ... but there are also times it can save your life. One woman resorted to using Facebook to get help after her husband allegedly beat her to a bloody pulp. He also ripped the phone out of the wall, leaving her with no way to dial 911. So she did the unthinkable ... and posted a picture of her bloody and battered face to her wall and begged for help.

It reportedly all started when Susann Stacy's husband overheard her talking to a man on the telephone in the bathroom. This could make any husband angry, depending, but it gives you no right to do what Donnie Stacy was then arrested for -- pistol whipping her across the face until she was barely recognizable.

Susann couldn't use the landline phone and wasn't getting a cell connection, but she did still have Wi-Fi. So she uploaded a pic of herself -- possibly for evidence, possibly to impress upon everyone the seriousness of the situation -- and wrote: "Help please anyone."

I'm trying to think what it would be like seeing this pop up in my feed. I think I wouldn't completely know if this was a joke. People do all kinds of weird things on Facebook. I often see people posting about their terrible lives -- sometimes talking about their depression -- and wonder if this is a serious cry for help and that person is suicidal, or if it's just venting. A couple of times I have reached out to people privately, but at the end of the day, I can't be the Facebook psychiatrist, continually gauging the daily moods of my almost 1,000 friends.

Luckily, though, someone took this update seriously and called the police, who went to the Stacy house. They found the gun allegedly used in the attack (which was loaded) under the tire swing their son uses. How utterly sad to know that they have a child, and one who may have witnessed this attack.

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A detective on the case says that people relying on social media for emergency help has risen. The advent of smartphones and computers means people are less likely to have landlines, and more likely to have the Internet, leading them to use social media like a lifeline.

Some people are criticizing Susann for posting such a graphic photo -- but would anyone have called the police if she hadn't resorted to this?

The dark and twisted nature of domestic violence is such that it's possible this marriage isn't over yet. But for the sake of Susann and her son, I certainly hope it is.

Have you ever seen a call for help on Facebook?



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nonmember avatar LISA

I call bullshizz. This is a classic example of an attention whore, for all we know this broad started a fight with him ... any cell phone calls 911 with or without service .. she gets no sympathy from me.

jkp-buff jkp-buff

Lisa - do you even know how technology works? If a cellphone can't get a signal to dial out, it doesn't magically have the capacity to dial 911. You should bear this in mind in case you are ever relying on calling 911 from your cellphone. You're probably confused by the fact that if your phone is disconnected for nonpayment and you can't dial any other number, it will still dial 911, but that is only if it has a cell connection to dial out on.

nonmember avatar Sam

Wow Lisa, I don't what I find more disturbing, your stupidity or your lack of empathy. JKP is right, a cell phone with no signal can't call 911. Also, let us say for a second you are right and "she started a fight with him." So what? That gives him the right to beat the snot out of her in your book? I hope you don't have kids because you are setting them up for failure. The gun was LOADED and she was bleeding all over. No one has the right to hurt someone like this, regardless of how angry they are.

nonmember avatar Heather

Even if it was a hoax, let's just thank god the police found the gun, something terrible could have happened to their kid with it being under his tire swing.

eve210 eve210

Lisa you are completely wrong and uneducated.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

@Lisa you are a sick person to say that anyone deserves a beating like that, it doesn't matter if she started a fight with her husband it doesn't give him the right to beat the crap out of her.

Starr... StarryRain

As a PERSONAL friend of the victim, Susann, I, for one, am glad that she was able to get help in time. She also filed a protection order against the jerk as well. She is NOT an attention whore. She never has been. No more than anyone else with a Facebook page.

But hey, let's just perpetuate the ever continuous cycle of victim shaming and blaming. That's helpful.

Green... GreenEyesMom

I have seen a couple messages asking for help.

Otherwise, Amen StarryRain¡!

I am glad she posted it. It most likely saved her life. I don't know her but I say kudos to taking a stand. The only one she could really. She found a way to get out a message for help. She showed the seriousness of the situation with the picture. Most likely knowing that the picture would be some proof to whom ever that she did need help.

Tawny... TawnyMedina

Attention whore or not (which I think is a disgusting thing to call a victim btw), what she did was very smart! She got the evidence out there where it would be seen immediatey by too many people for it to go unnoticed. If she were yelling for help in a crowd you wouldn't call her names for it. I don't understand why using Facebook because she was alone after the attack is any different.

nonmember avatar mel

She needed help and she got it. Who are you to judge?

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