A serial killer was caught after he became a Facebook friend with the daughter of one of his victims.
Mark Dizon, a 28-year-old computer technician in the Philippines, was charged with killing nine people – six Filipinos, an American, a Canadian and a Briton - in three different robberies at hotels and homes this month in Angeles city.
The area 50 miles from Manila is home to many retired expatriates.
Dizon, who is from a well-off family and according to police had a fascination with guns, was Facebook friends with the daughter of one of the victims. A friend of her family showed his photo on the popular social networking site to witnesses to help identify him, police said.
“He was fond of computers and this gave him away,” a police spokesman said.
The string of deadly robberies started on July 12, when Canadian Geoffrey Alan Bennun, 60, and his Filipino girlfriend were shot to death after a robber broke into their hotel room.
Four days later, Briton James Bolton Porter, 51, and his girlfriend were killed by a gunman in their house in Angeles’ Malabanas village.
Last week, a gunman killed American Albert Mitchell, a 70-year-old along with his Filipino wife, Janet, 53, and three Filipino staff inside their Angeles home.
In the last killing, the fleeing gunman was seen by a village guard and a motorcycle taxi driver, who later described him to investigators, according to police.
After hearing descriptions of the suspect, a family friend of the Mitchells looked up Dizon’s Facebook page – the Mitchells’ daughter was one of his friends on the site. He showed the Facebook profile photo to the witnesses, who identified him as the man they saw fleeing.