A young man was so distraught that his long distance Facebook girlfriend had missed yet another planned “first meeting” that he overdosed on vodka and Dilaudid (via The Chronicle Herald):
Brandon was upset the night he died because after months of texting, conversing on Facebook and talking on the telephone into the wee hours of the morning, he still hadn’t met in person his “girlfriend” Clarissa Chistiakov. Just hours earlier, she had yet again cancelled their planned first meeting.
Brandon texted her late on the night of Feb. 5 to say he had taken two four-milligram pills and two six-milligram pills after having had a few drinks of vodka and orange juice.
Veinotte has since found out Clarissa didn’t exist — at least not as Brandon thought. Neither did her brother Kyle, whom Brandon frequently talked with through Facebook, nor Clarissa’s ex-boyfriend Eric, who got into fights with Brandon over the social networking site.
Even Clarissa’s mother, supposedly a nurse at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, didn’t exist, though Veinotte received texts from her saying Clarissa committed suicide immediately after learning of Brandon’s death. Bridgewater police have charged an 18-year-old Queens County woman with committing mischief. They allege she reported to a police officer that Clarissa Chistiakov had died, causing police to launch an investigation, when she hadn’t died. Indeed, it appears she hadn’t lived, either.
So, so sad… on so many levels. It sounds a lot like the documentary Catfish, about a young man who falls in love with a young woman who turns out to be an older woman. Only with a much more tragic ending.
Image from the Chronicle Herald, showing Brandon with his mom.