The need to confess seems almost an archetype in the human species.
For Roman Catholics, there is the sacrament of penance.
For those in 12-step programs there is the Fifth Step.
Often we leverage psychotherapy as a form of confessional.
Even in prison, hardened criminals tend to spill their guts with a fellow inmate.
Social networks and social media have made that process easier. That might be generating dire consequences.
In the situation of Canadian Randy Janzen, access to Facebook to share his account of what he had done or planned to do might have been the tipping point in his rampage. According to his Facebook page, reports Beckie Strum in the New York Post, "he fatally shot his 19-year-old daughter, his wife and sister Friday ... After the murder spree, he set his own house on fire and authorities fear his body and the others will be found in the wreckage."
The ease of sharing on social networks and through social media such as blogs could escalate the decision-making among those who are distraught. Since I don't use those as a way of managing difficult emotions, I "buy" myself time. The several hours between when a mood takes over and I reach a professional, including an executive coach, to help me sort out delay taking any action.