Man allegedly burns down woman’s house for rejecting his Facebook friend request

Getting used to the word “no” is an important part of being an adult—a lesson that seems to have blown past one Kentucky man allegedly responsible for a bizarre and wildly out-of-proportion response to Facebook rejection.

Frankfort, Ky., resident James Graham, 37, allegedly broke into Joanie Yount’s home on Thanksgiving Day and set it on fire after she rejected his Facebook friend request.

Robert Warfel of the Frankfort Police told local news station WLKY that Graham was a bit of a creeper. He reportedly commented on Yount’s photos and sent several friend requests. Young, Warfel said, “rebuffed those, and it’s kind of what set this all in motion.”

Yount is a single mother who “doesn’t want a relationship,” according to her sister Samantha Beagle. But for the apparently socially deficient amateur arsonist, that wasn’t good enough. Graham allegedly needed her to understand what it felt like to despair—and is accused of doing so by fighting Facebook with fire, breaking into her house, setting a box near her bed ablaze, and running away.

Graham has yet to be arrested, but his bail will be set at $50,000. Perhaps his family could raise the bail money through a Facebook Page.

H/T Joshua Chavers | Photo via mkhmarketing/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Eric Geller

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Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.