Murder victim said she was bullied in online posting
There are still no arrests in the murder of 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor, whose burned body was discovered on a hiking trial near Langford, B.C., last week.
But comments Proctor made online in the months leading up to her death are raising plenty of questions.
Proctor was small for her age and she sometimes struggled to fit in. Though she was very active online, she wasn't always part of the mainstream.
She joined a website called Vampire Freaks -- a place for people interested in the goth subculture -- and it was there that she revealed that she lived in fear of other girls.
"I have a bad history of being bullied," Proctor wrote. "I've been bullied a lot. I'm actually scared of teenage girls."
This isn't the first time that a violent crime has been connected to Vampire Freaks.
Kimveer Gill, the 25-year-old man who killed one student and injured numerous others in a 2006 shooting spree at Montreal's Dawson College posted photos of himself holding guns on the site.
And a 12-year-old Alberta girl who murdered three people with the help of an older boyfriend that same year also had a profile on the site.
Police say Proctor's online activity is part of their murder investigation.
"Certainly Kimberly's online activities are important for us. We looking at that, we're focused on that, but we're focused on many other components of her life as well," RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan told CTV News.
Days before her murder, Proctor used Facebook to express concerns about what she called a "psycho" ex-boyfriend she'd met online.
She wrote that he had "really bad anger issues."
Since the shocking crime, her friends have had plenty to say on Facebook, but police say much of the chatter is little more than rumour and innuendo.
Proctor's own postings, on the other hand, may be crucial to the investigation.
Rob Gordon, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University, said that the electronic age has changed police work dramatically.
"On the upside it can be of great assistance, because it provides an opportunity for a large number of people to provide information very easily," he said.
"The downside is that there's going to be a huge amount of information, and police will be faced with the daunting task of trying to analyze all this material and sort the wheat from the chaff. And there's going to be a lot of chaff."
The murder of Kimberly Proctor has eerie similarities to the infamous Reena Virk murder.
Virk was an awkward 14-year-old who had complained about being bullied by girls. In 1997, she was swarmed by a group of girls and one boy, beaten, and drowned.
In Proctor's case, no one knows for sure whether bullying or an online relationship had anything to do with her murder, but police are hoping to announce something soon.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jim Beatty