On July 14, 2019, Brandon Clark killed a girl named Bianca Devins and then put pictures of her dead body online. The event got a lot of attention from the media and shocked the people of Utica. According to CBS News, here is a quick summary of the next episode of 48 Hours that will be about the case:
In 2019, a popular young woman on social media from Utica, New York, was killed. Her killer emailed the victim’s family photos of her dead body, which were then posted online and went viral quickly. Jericka Duncan of 48 Hours came to CBSN to talk about it. She said behavioural scientists and the intelligence community are worried about what happened after the scary event.
Bianca Devins’s death was very shocking to learn about
1) Brandon and Bianca met through the Internet
In 2019, Bianca Devins, 17 years old at the time, is said to have met Brandon Clark on social media. Kim, Devin’s mother, said that the two got along well, but Bianca didn’t want to date Devin at the time. The young woman did tell one of her friends that she did not like Brandon’s “creepy and obsessive” messages.
2) Brandon’s past wasn’t easy
At the time of the murder, Brandon Clark was 21 years old. As a child, he had been through a lot of bad things. Reports say his father beat his mother and once held her hostage with a knife. After that, he was put in jail.
Clark was eventually sent to live with a foster family because his mother was in jail for something unrelated. His friends noticed that Clark had signs of being obsessed.
3) The type of crime
The most shocking thing about the case might be how cruel the crime was. Clark and Devins went to a show on July 13, 2019. There, Devins saw a friend of hers, and the police said that they kissed. This made Clark angry, so he got into a heated argument with Devins. Friends and family of Bianca Devins were horrified when Clark posted pictures of her dead body on social media the morning of July 14, 2019.
Later, Clark called 911 and said there had been a murder-suicide. He also gave his address. When the police arrived, they found him cutting his neck. Also, they found the dead body of Devins there. But Clark got out of the situation alive and could go to court.
4) The attacks on Devins’ family on social media by people on the internet
Pictures of Bianca Devins’ dead body spread quickly on social media, and many people used them to make memes. Many people thought Devins’ death was her fault and gave those photos to her family.
The boy’s mother, Kim, told CBS News:
It breaks my heart to hear people say that my daughter deserves to die in such a horrible way, said the speaker. After pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 2020, Brandon Clark was finally sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He won’t be able to ask for parole until 2044.