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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Yeesh, poor thing. Not sure whether this would be just another one-event notable situation, or whether the motive (and trend of Incel culture leading to fatal violence) warrants the page. Not sure where I stand on accepting/declining the article as a reviewer. Bkissin (talk) 19:58, 19 July 2019 (UTC)

Murder of Bianca Devins
DateJuly 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)
LocationUtica, New York
ArrestsBrandon Clark
ChargesSecond Degree Murder

The murder of Bianca Devins took place on July 14, 2019 when 21-year-old Brandon Clark killed Devins, an 18-year-old girl, in Utica, New York. Images of her body were spread widely on social media[1], causing outrage.

Many have connected the murder and the resulting coverage online to be linked to male entitlement and incel culture.[2][3]

Victim[edit]

Bianca M. Devins
BornOctober 02, 2001
DiedJuly 14, 2019
Cause of deathMurder
Resting placeForest Hill Cemetary, Utica, New York
EducationProctor High School
Parent(s)Michael and Kimberly Williams Devins; Step-Parents Kaleigh Rimmer and Cody Meulengracht

Bianca Devins was born (2001-10-02)October 2, 2001[4], she was a recent graduate of Thomas R. Proctor High School and set to attend Mohawk Valley Community College to study psychology to help adolescents with mental illness. In school she was described as being shy and would often go to the art room during lunch to work on projects, instead of interacting with her classmates.

She was more expressive online and used a Discord server to message other video game players, discuss true crime, talk about cryptozoology, play Minecraft, and discuss their days.[5] She would also interact with multiple other social media platforms.

Murder[edit]

On Saturday July 13, 2019, Devins went to go watch Nicole Dollanganger in concert and had invited many individuals from her Discord server to join her. The only one who ended up driving to the concert with her was Brandon Clark who lived an hour from her and had met Devins multiple times in person.[5] It is believed that during the concert Devins kissed another male concert goer and Clark later became enraged and proceeded to slit her neck.[6] Based on evidence police believe that Devins was killed sometime between 10 pm on July 13[7] and the early hours of July 14.[8]

The next morning on July 14, 2019 a friend of Devins and Clark entered the Discord server early in the morning to look at the postings that they had missed and discovered a picture of Devins' dead body that had been posted by a username associated with Clark. With the photo the user had written "Sorry fuckers, you're going to have to find someone else to orbit";[5] the word 'orbit' in this context is used to describe men who lurk around a woman in the hopes that she would have sex with them, and it can be linked to incel culture.[2] The first call about the images that were posted were identified as from Tennessee.[7]

Clark had called 911 early the morning of July 14 and "made incriminating statements" about Devins death and threatened to kill himself. While police were arriving Clark had laid down on the green tarp covering Devins body and began to take pictures with himself laying across the body, and began to upload them to Instagram Live, Snapchat and Discord.[9] On some of the posts Clark had included written posts that seemed to be an attempt for maximum exposure.

Suspect[edit]

Brandon Clark was arrested by officers who said that he was still uploading pictures of the crime scene to an Instagram account when they arrived to arrest him and Clark attempted to commit suicide in front of officers with a knife.[8] He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital to treat a self-inflicted knife wound to the neck.[9]

According to one of Devins sisters, Clark was a trusted and close family friend, while police told media that Clark and Devins had met on Instagram and been dating for at least two months. Friends of Devins claimed that Clark gave Devins drugs in order to get her to hang out with him, and at least one friend had raised concerns that Clark was sexually assaulting Devins while they were both on drugs.[5]

Clark's father had reportedly held his mother hostage for 10 hours in 2010 and had threatened to kill her in the exact same way that Devins died in a murder suicide plot until police arrested him. There is no current indication that Clark was inspired by his fathers actions.[10]

Aftermath[edit]

The Devins family has since created a webpage in order to communicate information about their daughter and the public wake and funeral for her, along with publishing family statements as the case continues.[11] They also asked the public to donate to the Bianca Michelle Devins Scholarship Fund.[4]

As images of Devins body had been uploaded on social media platforms Instagram and other individual profiles began to attempt to permanently remove the photos from the sites. While Instagram was attempting to remove the picture from the profiles that posted it, the private accounts labeled as "tag cleaners" used large quantities of other more pleasant images in order to drown out the posted gore and harassment.[12] This has not fully quashed the spread of the images as other threads about the potential murder weapon and even the authenticity of the images of her corpse was seen on 4chan and other sites.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Dickson, E. J.; Dickson, E. J. (2019-07-15). "A 17-Year-Old Girl Was Murdered. How Did Photos of Her Death Go Viral?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  2. ^ a b Tron, Gina (2019-07-18). "What Bianca Devins' Brutal Murder Tells Us About Male Entitlement And Misogyny". Oxygen Official Site. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  3. ^ a b "No Snow Whites here: Bianca Devins murder made social media a mirror, we are all evil". www.dailyo.in. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  4. ^ a b "In Memory of Bianca M. Devins". www.fwefh.com. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  5. ^ a b c d Jeltsen, Melissa (2019-07-19). "A Teen Girl Found Refuge Online — Then Her Murder Went Viral". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  6. ^ Ferris, Joleen (July 16, 2019). "Utica murder: Police investigate; D.A. braces for possible defense". WKTV News. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  7. ^ a b CNN, Carma Hassan, Scottie Andrew and Holly Yan. "The man accused of killing teen internet personality Bianca Devins is charged with murder". CNN. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  8. ^ a b Owen, Tess (July 19, 2019). "The E-Girl Community Is a World of Glittery Pink Clouds, Harassment — and Now Murder". Vice News. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  9. ^ a b Sederstrom, Jill (2019-07-19). "Suspect In Bianca Devins' Slaying Is Moved From Hospital To Jail". Oxygen Official Site. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  10. ^ Perez, Chris (2019-07-18). "Suspect in Bianca Devins slaying moved from hospital to jail". New York Post. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  11. ^ "A Statement from the Family of Bianca Devins". www.romanelli.com. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  12. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (2019-07-19). "Instagram 'tag cleaners' are fighting against digital vandalism". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-07-19.