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Widow of Stabbing Rampage Victim Locked Out of Late Husband's Facebook

Rosemary Heath is upset that the social media giant has locked her out of her late husband's account and has started an online petition

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    The widow of a victim of the deadly mall rampage in Taunton, Massachusetts, last month is speaking out, saying she has been locked out of her late husband's Facebook account. (Published Friday, June 10, 2016)

    The widow of a victim of the deadly mall rampage in Taunton, Massachusetts, last month is speaking out, saying she has been locked out of her late husband's Facebook account.

    Rosemary Heath is upset that the social media giant has locked her out of her deceased husbands account and has started an online petition to get Facebook to change its policy.

    George Heath died at the Bertucci's restaurant at the Silver City Galleria while saving the life of a woman who was being attacked. The suspect, Arthur DaRosa, stabbed several people at a home and at the mall. He was fatally shot by an off-duty officer.

    Rosemary Heath says George used to be very active on Facebook and after his death she used his account to look at old pictures and memories.

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    But she says someone notified Facebook that he died and the company turned his page into a memorial page, locking Rosemary out.

    "Not to have that access to something that was so dear to me, that man was my life, he's everything to me," she said. "So not to have that access is cruel. It's absolutely cruel. There's no other word for it. And I want it back"

    Rosemary says Facebook's policy should be to only allow next-of-kin to make account changes.

    According to Facebook, they memorialize an account once they're notified that person passes away. They also say it's against policy to log into another person's account.


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