National Enquirer Prints Facebook Killer's Death Photo, Blames Burn Notice

Categories: Crime

If you worked hard earlier this month to avoid the gruesome Facebook photo Derek Medina posted of his just-murdered wife, beware: The death scene is now plastered across a tabloid in the supermarket aisle. The National Enquirer has reprinted the bloody shot of 26-year-old Jennifer Alonso that Medina posted to the web shortly after shooting her to death in their South Miami home.

As Medina heads to court today to be formally charged in Alonso's death, the Enquirer also presents a novel motive: that Medina snapped because Burn Notice had been canceled.

See also: Derek Medina Kills His Wife in South Miami, Posts Pictures and Confession on Facebook

Medina, who is 31, shot and killed his wife August 8 and then quickly posted a photo of her dead body slumped against a kitchen cabinet. Moments later, he posted a confession as a status update, writing, "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife."

Although the picture of Alfonso went viral on the web -- in part because it took Facebook hours to disable Medina's page -- most media organizations, including New Times, elected not to post the full photo out of respect for the victim and her family. (Buzzfeed was one notable exception, but it quickly backtracked and removed the photo.)

The National Enquirer, which is based in Boca Raton, had no such worries with its spread about the murder. (Riptide has again blurred out the center pic on this page, but it runs uncensored in the paper):

The paper also presents a novel reading of why Medina killed his wife. Most reporters have focused on Medina's bizarre online presence, including rambling self-published books about ghost hunting and YouTube clips of himself viciously kicking punching bags.

But the Enquirer claims Medina was furious that Burn Notice never called him back after he nabbed a nonspeaking extra role on the drama.

"He always dreamed that his one walk-on bit part, playing a street thug, would open a big acting career for him, but he was just some guy they grabbed off the street for an extra role with no lines," Amada Cooper, a friend of his wife, tells the paper.

Medina supposedly snapped after Alonso screamed at him: "You'll never be an actor!"

The South Miami man is due in Miami-Dade Court to be arraigned on second-degree murder and child neglect charges today, while a grand jury considers upping the case to first-degree murder. Medina, who reportedly admitted shooting Alonso six to eight times, might claim self-defense and argue that his wife was attacking him.

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11 comments
tarazimm
tarazimm

Isn't her last name Alfonso??

Johnathan Robert Broad
Johnathan Robert Broad

It was everywhere. And who cares? The news shows people dead in the streets of Syria every day. #NOTANEWSSTORY

Chanelle Artiles
Chanelle Artiles

The National Enquirer is the bottom feeder of print publications. The fact that it still has a solid readership shows that a notable portion of the population are bottom feeders as well. They are the ones who will wait to see what Kanye named his baby but will turn off the news when it turns to reports on Syria. Unfortunately, I'm almost convinced they are no longer the minority.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Ed, we never posted a direct link to his profile. But nice try trolling, buddy.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Well NT posted the link to the Facebook profile and everyone got to see the picture before it was taken down. So shame on you too

Jason Koerner
Jason Koerner

and then you give them press by writing an article about it, pot meet kettle

Leon Heflin
Leon Heflin

uh....Buzzfeed had it on their website for hours. and they usually only post pictures of cats.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

How are you surprised? That abortion of a paper is based out of what state? Yep, Florida, where they give scum reporting a new level.

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