For fanatics of true crime, the murder of Tristyn Bailey isn't exactly breaking news. Tristyn Bailey, a 13-year-old girl, was found dead shortly after going missing in Florida. The quick discovery of her body was largely thanks to the tight-knit community she and her parents belonged to; within hours of everyone checking their security cameras, footage revealed that at around 1:00 A.M, Tristan left her home with a local boy, Aiden Fucci. They disappeared into the woods, and only Aiden was seen leaving the scene.
It didn't take long for investigators to uncover Aiden Fucci's obsession with the dark side. Satanic drawings and writings riddled the 14-year-olds room, his former girlfriend noted Fucci's interest in murder, and when told of Tristiyn's death, he responded, "Why is that my problem?"
Since the start, the case has taken many twists and turns as new evidence revealed everything from a smiley face being drawn on the victim's body, a possible sexual assault before she was stabbed 114 times, to Aiden's mom being an accomplice, and reported records of Aiden threatening to kidnap a "random person, take them into the woods and stab them." Allegedly, Aiden had sought mental help, but his mother, who washed the blood from his jeans and shoes and was later arrested, denied him access to see a professional.
As the trial continues and evidence against Fucci piles up, so do his fans.
Social Media platforms such as Tik Tok and Instagram harbor teenage fangirls obsessing over the suspected killer. Even Snapchat has users messaging back and forth, excited and hopeful that #FreeAiden will become a reality because according to them, #Aidendidnothingwrong
Aiden's Snap Chat received infinite shoutouts when he posted a selfie of himself in the back of a cop car with the caption, "Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately?"
Before the brutal murder, Aiden had a limited presence on social media. After the event hit the press, Aiden's Instagram following alone (at the time of this article) blew up to 13.2k followers. One Insta user commented, "Do I have to kill people now to try to go viral?" This sparked a larger thread of people claiming that they would go to this length to gain their notoriety. The comments of support, as well as proclamations to be just like Aiden, gained some interest with police, who looked into several of these accounts.
Unless you're like Aiden's mom, you probably don't want your kid going around stabbing people, nor would you be too excited to learn how much they want themselves a murderer for a future husband. But people are resourceful, and if your kid doesn't want you seeing the hundreds of Jeffrey Dahmer screenshots they have on their phone, or the Ted Bundy edits they do on Tik Tok, or the forums they start for their support of Aiden Fucci, they'll find ways to hide that part of their lives from you. But there are always warning signs; you can't delete those. Guard 911 has an extensive guide on what to do if you think your child could be heading down the wrong path, but they point out three beginning signs that their road may lead to homicidal tendencies.
#1 – Make statements or threats about killing someone/mass shooting
#2 – Share their obsession with deadly weapons
#3 – Share their obsession with other shootings; keep a journal or blog about killing
Contrary to what Aiden's supporters claim, Tristyn did not deserve her fate. The best thing you can do as a parent of your teen is to do the exact opposite of what Aiden's mom did; don't brush off comments as "dark humor." Listen to them, be compassionate, give them outside help if it's needed. Life is hard sometimes, and everyone could use support. Had Aiden got the help he needed, Tristyn would still be in this world, going to cheer practice, having fun with her friends, and living her best life.
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