A Texas man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in what he claimed to police was a suicide pact gone wrong. After the killing, he posted a photo of the woman’s lifeless body to Facebook, where it remained for 36 hours, even as her family and friends begged to have it removed.

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Kenneth Alan Amyx, 45, was arrested Sunday, May 29 in Plano, Texas and charged with stabbing Jennifer Streit-Spears. An affidavit from the Plano police, posted by the New York Times, says that police responded to a 911 call from Streit-Spears’ mother, who said she fear her daughter and her boyfriend “are going to kill each other.” When police reached Streit-Spears’ apartment, they found a “nude male,” later identified as Amyx, on top of a naked woman, a knife in his hand. Streit-Spears had multiple knife wounds on her neck, forearms and wrist and appeared to be dead, according to the affidavit.

Amyx is said to have told responding officers that Streit-Spears “chickened out” and that he had to “finish her off.” He later told police that he and Streit-Spears, who had been dating for about four months, had discussed a suicide pact, agreeing to stab each other.

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After the killing, a police spokesperson told the New York Times, Amyx posted two gruesome photos to Streit-Spears’ Facebook page:

Officer David Tilley, a spokesman for the department, said that Mr. Amyx not only posted a photo of Ms. Streit-Spears — nude and with her neck cut — on her page, he also posted a selfie of his face covered in blood and the words “Pray for us,” the officer said.

The photo remained on Streit-Spears’ page for 36 hours, visible to her friends and family but not to the public. During that period, her loved ones say they repeatedly reported the photos. In a statement, Facebook told the Times, essentially, that they got to it as soon as they realized what it was:

“We remove graphic images when they are shared to celebrate violence,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. “As soon as it was clear what the facts were behind this photograph, we removed it.”

In 2013, a Florida man named Derek Medina murdered his wife Jennifer, then posted photos of her body and a confession to his Facebook page. That photo, too, remained up for hours.


Kenneth Alan Amyx. Book photo via Collin County Sheriff’s Department