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Woman indicted in MySpace hoax suicide
Posted 5/16/08 , edited 5/16/08
i ran a forum search and could not find this anywhere. i feel sure it's already been covered, but maybe not.

i'm so sick of forum stalkers. they search you out and set you up, smear you to everyone who will listen to them. they poison whole communities. what happened to the victim in this article is called 'bullicide'. or maybe you could call it 'stalker-cide'.



http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKN1541585320080516?sp=true

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 49-year-old Missouri woman accused of pretending to be a love-struck teenage boy on MySpace and drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide with cruel messages was indicted on Thursday on federal charges.

Prosecutors say Lori Drew and others created the fake MySpace persona of a 16-year-old boy to woo neighbour Megan Meier for several weeks, then abruptly ended the relationship and said the world would be better off without her.

Meier's 2006 suicide by hanging, just hours after she read those final messages, made worldwide headlines and prompted calls for social networking sites like MySpace to crack down on cyber-bullying.

"This adult woman allegedly used the Internet to target a young teenage girl, with horrendous ramifications," U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien said in announcing the indictment in Los Angeles, where MySpace is based.

"Any adult who uses the Internet or a social gathering Web site to bully or harass another person, particularly a young teenage girl, needs to realize that their actions can have serious consequences," O'Brien said.

Experts said the indictment, which was handed down in Los Angeles after Missouri authorities declined to prosecute Drew, was a first of its kind and could stretch the bounds of the federal statute on which it was based.

"We are in uncharted waters here," University of Southern California law professor and former federal prosecutor Rebecca Lonergan told Reuters. "This case is unprecedented and it's also a very aggressive charging decision."

Lonergan said Drew was charged with accessing a protected computer to obtain information, a statute typically used against defendants who hack into government computers.

"While I think most people agree that it merits punishment to harass a young girl to the point where she commits suicide, it's not clear that this conduct is covered by this federal statute," she said.

A FICTIONAL BOY

Prosecutors say Drew, mother of a teenage girl who had a falling out with Meier, and several others created a profile for the fictional "Josh Evans," using the picture of an unwitting teenage boy.

They then contacted Meier, who lived four doors away in O'Fallon, Missouri, through MySpace as "Josh" and spent several weeks flirting with her before ending the relationship on October 15, 2006.

Several hours after the final message, Meier, who had argued with her mother over the relationship, hanged herself in the closet of her bedroom in a St. Louis suburb, still unaware that "Josh" did not exist.

The indictment charges that after Meier killed herself, Drew had the phoney MySpace account deleted and warned a girl who knew about it that she should "keep her mouth shut."

After the incident became widely known, the Drew family was shunned by members of the community, targeted for abuse on the Internet and their small advertising business was vandalized.

Drew, who faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison if she is convicted on all of the charges, was expected to surrender to authorities in Missouri.

(Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Woa...........that women needs to get a life..but why would you kill yourself for some guy you met on the internet...people are dumb in all kinds of ways
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DERP DERP I MET A BOY ON MYSPACE WE R IN LOVE AND WE'RE GUNNA GET MARRIED AND LOVE EACHOTHER 4EVUR
It's a good thing she killed herself.
The world needs less retards like that.
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That was. shocking.
To makimaki_sataan.. : maybe some people seem dumb to you, but it's easy to just say "oh, wow she's so dumb" in front of a computer.
But how did she feel that moment. She had a "romance" with some guy, she knew that this boy loved her and getting your heart broken is really terrible. She was probably shocked, frustrated, sick of feeling pain, unloved and so on.
If you think she's stupid, then I think love is stupid and drastic itself.
Oh, well, we're humans, it's nice as long as we have it. The worst part is the break-ups...
Posted 5/16/08
i know myspace is bad. but this is just outragous! i wonder how they let people continue to run that site the way it is? i dont think this is funny at all. its kind of sad actually.
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Just another example of how twisted some people are...I feel sorry for the dead girl and her mourning family.
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It was the girl's own damn fault for committing suicide. If you are stupid enough to kill yourself over a relationship found on the internet with a person you have never even met then she got what she damn well deserved.
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why the hell are there pics of absolute bf? whats it got to do with this
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don't blame myspace, blame the users who use it for wrong reasons. there are billions of people that use it for the right reasons like staying in contact with friends around the globe and more. i can't judge the girl because i didn't know her, but my opinion is that she just took the easy way out. which i think is pitiful. Anyway i send my condolences to her family.
Posted 5/16/08
jeez that girl had serious issues when she killed herself over it
the person that has worse issues is her neighbour u need to be sick to mess with someones mind
valuable lesson to learn here everybody dont take notice of anything on the internet
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lol the woman is almost 50 and she acted like a retard
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She was a 13 year old teenage girl. Around that age girls are usually insecure and more succeptible to heartbreak and acting out on its account. Maybe he was her first "boy friend" or whatever that woman made him out to be.

I feel sorry for the family of the woman who made the profile, especially her daughter, since they're being ridiculed for all the stuff her mother did.

This whole situation is just screwed up. I think people are to blame on all sides. The woman shouldn't have made the fake profile because messing with a girl who's not even half your age is just sick. The girl shouldn't have gotten involved that deeply in an internet relationship. The girl's parents should have been paying more attention to what their daughter was doing on the internet. I mean, seriously, she's 13. WAY too young to be trusted in choosing proper friends from the internet because obviously she wasn't hard to fool. Instead of just arguing with their daughter they should have deleted her myspace or something. Then again seeing as she was so obsessed with this make believe boyfriend of hers, she'd probably have killed herself if they'd done something anyways.
Posted 5/16/08
yeah i think this was in seventeen magazine and there was an article on it. It's pretty sad how people are these days.
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Posted 5/16/08
everyone knows about the megan story it was all over the news
gosh i feel so sad for her
they ruined her school life and her internet life her whole social life
too so the dirty assholes who posted on this topic
don't be so harsh about it u don't even know her story
Posted 5/16/08
lol you put caps from absolute boyfreind xD
anywho, i cant imagine what kind of person that kind of lady is. she must be bored
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