The world wide web has positioned itself as a vehicle of self-expression, a safe place to speak your mind without harsh public social sanctions. Internet surfers share their thoughts, seek second opinions and dig for truths, and in one recent case in Ohio, confess to a murder for the greater good.
A startup nonprofit in Ohio shot a video that features a drunk driver who confesses to taking the life of another man in a crash just months ago. The video has been posted to YouTube to grow some legs, and while it doesn't ask for forgiveness from the victim's family, it begs viewers to avoid the driver's mistake.
FOX 9 News sat down with one Minnesota family who knows the pain of losing someone in such a senseless way and shared their reaction to the video that's been viewed over 1 million times after being posted Sept. 3, 2013.
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"I killed a man," the man in the video first narrates.
"Sometimes I drink because I have depression that I struggle with everyday."
An unexpectedly candid confession reveals deep truths that look to resonate with a wide audience.
"That night I made a mistake and got in my truck, nearly blacked out and decided to drive home."
The pixelation hiding is his face, but not the facts. However, about half way through the three-minute video, the man's identity and message come into focus.
"My name is Matthew Cordle. On June 22, 2013 I hit and killed Vincent Cazani. This video will act as my confession."
Cordle admits to handing everything prosecution needs to put him away for a long time.
"I beg you -- and I say beg, specifically, please don't drink and drive."
Kari Gunzler couldn't watch the video without breaking into tears. She lost her father Everette Letterly to a drunk driver on Christmas Eve three years ago.
"I think it's amazing he's taking responsibility," Gunzler said.
She wishes she heard Cordle's message from the driver who killed her father.
"Having been in the same situation with our family, I would have given anything for that individual to have taken responsibility. That's huge," she said.
Gunzler says her family still carries what happened to her father with them whenever they get behind the wheel and hopes the Ohio video carries its message far and wide.
The driver who killed Gunzler's father, Jeffrey Martin, was sentenced to a year and a half in jail and 13 years probation.
In the meantime, prosecutors in Ohio say this video will be evidence in the case against Matthew Cordle who so far has not been charged.