Old Dominion University student confesses on Facebook to poisoning roommate

Posted at 1:35 PM, Sep 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-16 17:00:39-04

NORFOLK, Va. -- Is it real or is it fake? Police say no criminal charges pending following an investigation into an anonymous Facebook post that described one roommate's claim of poisoning another roommate at Old Dominion University, according to a report on

ODU detectives said Tuesday that they have identified the individual who posted on the ODU Confessions page on Facebook.

"At this time, there are no criminal charges pending related to this post. The ODU Police Department extends its appreciation to the James Madison Police Department for their assistance with this investigation," Old Dominion University Police Chief Rhonda Harris said in a statement.

"I have done things like put laxative in her soup or alcohol in her drink," the post to ODU Confessions read.

The poster, who later deleted the Facebook account, wrote about poisoning her female roommate. The female roommate has cystic fibrosis.

"Usually I'm right about the posts, but this one kind of slipped," the administrator of the ODU Confessions page said. The post was sent in a message to page's administrator. At first glance, he said, the post seemed innocent.

"I've fallen in love with my roommate. I am not intimately or sexually in love with her, but I have a desire to emotionally connect with her," the post began.

Later, the language became much more troubling:

"Sometimes I put in OTC (over the counter) drugs to induce nausea… all because I want to see her ill and be there for her."

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When the poster wrote of the ill roommate not showing gratitude, the poster wrote:

"If you betray me like that again, I have the mind to beat your little ass into a coma."

In a search warrant, ODU police said they worried the drugs could cause a potentially fatal reaction. Investigators requested for Facebook to release the user's identity, along with associated IP addresses and biographical data.

Of course, there is a chance this is all just a hoax.

"Given like the environment of being anonymous, it could be real," the administrator said. "Crazy people do exist. Even if it's not real, the person needs to talk to someone."

Since he started ODU confessions, the administrator said the page has become an outlet for students to vent, but the anonymous site also has its downsides.

"The Internet brings more good than it does harm, be we all know there's a lot of dark side to the internet," he said.