What role play the Capgras syndrome and virtual networks, now increasingly common murder cases the a perceived (?) “Double illusion” to actually lie? The 1923 first described Capgras syndrome describes a mental disorder at the sick believe your partner would have been dead and replaced by a doppelganger. In the wake of increased communication via social networks, identity is redefined in the 21st century, and shows some parallels to the symptoms of Capgras syndrome. Here is a new media form of the disease? An unusual murder motive headache forensic psychiatrists in recent years more and more. World’s men and women by their partners were murdered since 2003 in over 130 cases, because they believed that the other would have been already dead and replaced by a doppelganger, a so-called double. This once rare psychiatric disorder is described by the Capgras syndrome, goes back to the psychiatrist, Josep Capgras and belongs to the Group of Miss identification syndromes. But what explains the rapid increase in the “Capgras murders”? Among other things the virtuality, suggest media scientists and philosophers in rare bipartisan agreement.
Social networks like Facebook only seemingly transported the individuality of an individual. By everyone in his individuality had stage, the identity of the subject, the coherence of the self in truth to the disposition provided Facebook and StudiVZ. These doubts as to the identity of the other, on its “authenticity”, show clear parallels to the missing identification of the other in Capgras syndrome: the partner is detected while physically, but emotionally not. This will trigger a State of stress, and this dissonance can be dissolved only by the construct of the doppelganger. Will we soon see us new media forms of the disease compared to? Will there be an epidemic of Capgras murders? There the Capgras syndrome at all? Or will it explain just what met for millennia mankind with namenlosem horror: the irrational fear of Doppelgangers and the secret of the duplication? Samuel Fischer