People use the website Reddit for just about anything. You can find funny pictures, news, music, and discussion on every topic imaginable while browsing the site. Yesterday, Reddit user Naratto used the r/AdviceAnimals section of the website for something unexpected even by Reddit standards.
Using the “Confession Bear” meme, the user admitted to murdering his sister’s abusive boyfriend. The post was titled “Finally have the guts to say it.”
“My sister had an abusive meth addict boyfriend,” the meme said. “I killed him with his own drugs while he was unconscious and they ruled it as an overdose,” it continued.
The Reddit community reacted instantly. Some users brushed the gesture off as a cry for attention, while others gathered as much personal information about the user as possible in case they were witnessing a genuine murder confession. Reddit users identified the user’s legal name, date of birth, social media accounts, location, and previous jobs. Although Reddit has now deleted all comments containing Naratto’s personal information, users reportedly submitted the details to FBI’s tips website.
When the Reddit community jumped all over the confession, Naratto attempted to retract his admission by portraying it as a joke. He posted another meme saying “If you joke about murder on Reddit without a throw away account, you’re gonna have a bad time.” Naratto did not post the confession from a ‘throw away account’, a temporary account made for the purpose of posting inflammatory comments. Instead, the post was made from an account that has been active for years. If Naratto had been using a throw away account, most would have likely viewed the post as an attention-seeking measure. The fact that the user posted from an authenticated account—and has since deleted the account—has led some to believe there may be some truth to the confession.
“Honestly, I hope this leads to an investigation. He's probably just harvesting karma, but the idea of someone getting away with murder and then having the nards to gloat about it on a popular website really boils my bottom,” Reddit user TotalBeefCake said.
After the post elicited thousands of views and posts from users, Naratto posted the following comment before deleting the account:
“First and only comment to be made by me.
I posted this wondering what would happen, there is SOME truth behind it, but I"m not saying what was true and what wasn't. If I had a dollar for every time someone took me seriously on the internet, I would be able to retire from today alone. I'm sorry to anyone that I've offended to the point of ruining their lives.
If you want to catch a murder, get out of your house, put on some tight and go fight crime. I'm quite done with reddit tonight.
Back to the shadows of lurking, the world isn't quite ready for me.
EDIT: The reason for this post and the admittance it was a joke because people started posting my own personal information on there. Not stud that was in my post history. Sure you can find information about ME but link me to something that happened is completely different. I made a meme about something, and it turned into people revealing my PERSONAL INFORMATION. It was quite rude and VERY uncalled for."
There has been no word at this time on whether law enforcement officials will be investigating the poster. But if police do decide to look into the online confession, they will likely have no problem tracking down Naratto.