Acquitted 'Tinder murderer' reportedly leaves bizarre comments on Facebook page about his own trial.
In October, an Australian man named Gable Tostee, 30, was acquitted in his trial for manslaughter of a New Zealand woman he met on Tinder. He never took the stand in his defense. On Monday, after staying in headlines for weeks after the trial, Tostee apparently joined a Facebook group dedicated to his case and decided to answer questions himself.
Warriena Wright, 26-years-old at the time, died when she fell off Tostee's balcony in 2014. The sensational case was dubbed the "Tinder murder" and included a strange audio recording Tostee apparently made of his final moments with Wright.
He's since changed his name to Eric Thomas on Facebook, but evidently not to avoid notoriety. After his romp through the comments section, Tostee will face criticism for the way he's addressed a grave situation with something less than complete respect for the memory of the deceased, whether he's innocent or not.
For instance, he reportedly responded to this question with a gif:
And seemed to make a joke about his balcony:
The "milkshake" refers to a competitive milkshake drinking competition that Tostee participated in shortly after the conclusion of his trial. You can understand why this guy has captured people's whole-hearted fascination.
As mentioned above, the case has drawn headlines even after the end of the trial. Notably, Tostee's paid interview with Australia's 60 Minutes caused outrage among those who considered it disrespectful to the family of the victim.
Then there was the aforementioned milkshake competition in which he "bizarrely celebrated his freedom from murder accusations by downing a massive milkshake in record time."
An administrator on the Facebook page that hosted Thomas's comments, Olivia McKenzie, talked to Mashable about how the case has taken off in the public imagination, especially considering all the comments people found from Tostee on bodybuilder forums.
"The Gable case...was huge because he's been online everywhere. He's been on all these forums, not even just Facebook... People had more information that wasn't reported in the trial."