“This demonstrates the power of paying attention to warning signs”

–J. Reid Meloy, PhD, a threat assessment researcher

In the fall of 2020, a prominent technology company in California contacted forensic psychologist J. Reid Meloy, PhD, a threat assessment researcher, because one of their software engineers had posted worrisome messages on a social media platform. The messages alluded to plans of a violent attack. The platform flagged the posts and alerted the FBI.

Ironically, the case never received any news coverage because nobody was murdered.