10 Maxwell Marion Morton
On February 4, 2015, Maxwell Marion Morton and Ryan Mangan, two 16-year-old friends, were hanging out at Morton’s house near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Morton claimed that the two of them were playing with a 9-millimeter handgun, and Mangan was supposed to take a picture of Morton aiming the gun at him. With the gun aimed at his friend, Morton pulled the trigger, shooting Mangan in the face. After the murder, Morton took a selfie, which was uploaded to Snapchat, an app that allows users to send pictures, which will automatically delete themselves in 1–10 seconds, to other users. In the picture, Morton is smiling while his dead friend lies crumpled up behind him. The photo said “Maxwell.”
A friend took a screenshot of the picture, and the police were contacted. The selfie was key evidence when Morton was charged with first-degree murder. Another piece of evidence was a text to a friend that said, “Told you I cleaned up the shells,” and “Ryan was not the last one.” Morton said that the shooting was accidental. The picture has not been released to the media.