Crazy Lady Torched Friend's House Over Facebook Fight

I have been unfriended on Facebook a lot in my day. I usually assume it's because I am a strongly opinionated, active Facebook user. My usual reaction is this: I stop speaking to the person and pretend they died. That isn't what Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, of Des Moines, Iowa did. When her friend unfriended her, allegedly she burned down her house. That's one way to send a message.

Harris is being held Thursday at Polk County Jail on $100,000 bond on a charge of first-degree arson for burning down her former best friend's garage while she and her husband slept in the house. Nikki Rasmussen, the victim, said that she and Harris (who was the maid of honor at her wedding) had a falling out over a birthday party. Rasmussen unfriended and blocked her (one can see why) and then all hell broke loose.

The next thing Rasmussen knew, she was fleeing a burning home. It's an insane story and proves that some people just take Facebook WAYYYYY too seriously.


Facebook is meant to be fun. It's meant to be a diversion, a great way to keep in touch and talk to your friends. It isn't meant to become the be-all end-all of your social life.

Whatever happened to this woman, she was clearly insane way before Facebook came into the picture, but Facebook does tend to make some people even crazier. It's as if it heightens whatever they are. If they are prone to insecurity or feelings of inadequacy, they will spend a lot of time looking at others' photos and feeling bad about themselves. If they are hyper and braggy in real life, they will be even more so on Facebook. It's the nature of the beast.

The specifics of what went down in this friendship elude me, but one thing is clear: This lady needs to be banned from Facebook. Clearly she can't handle it. And to think her job is with children!

This is a good reminder to any of us who are a little too into Facebook to take a step back. If someone unfriends you, talk to them. Or don't. Better yet, do what I do. Unless they actually matter in your life, forget they even existed.

If they are a real life friend, then maybe a call is in order. But maybe not. The fact is, unfriending a person on Facebook is a pretty rude, definitive message. To me, it kills the line of communication and basically means, "I don't want to hear from you." So deal with that any way you can. Take a walk, run, burn the person's photos, or delete their number from your iPhone.

Burning their house, however, isn't an option. Crazy people need to get off their computers.

Do you think this is insane?


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