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Woman indicted in MySpace hoax suicide
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anyone who thought this was funny (previous page) needs to get their head read

theres a word for people who cant empathise with others - its called a sociopath
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Psh, even though I am one, teenage girls are really desperate sometimes
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this is old..i saw this a couple months ago..
Posted 5/16/08
*sigh* People are so flipping cruel.
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OMG... so shocking..
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amazing some people see internet as true-self/Life? this should just be a hobby a place to download cool stuff & informations. People dont be delusional. Life is precious never give it up. I still dont understand how users can have on-line bf/gfs.
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snottyenglishgirl wrote:

anyone who thought this was funny (previous page) needs to get their head read

theres a word for people who cant empathise with others - its called a sociopath


WHO would seriously kill themselves over a guy whom you've, one: never met, two: is 4 years older than you, three: he must have been one big flippin' loser to be going after a 13 year-old girl (i know the guy was made up), four: that woman who was arrested should've found a better hobby than picking on kids. Sure i feel sorry for the girl, sorry that she couldn't get through her life without getting hurt mentally once. that girl should've gotten counciling. and no people who don't feel sad that she died are not sociopaths, they are just stating that the girl was at fault and she was. something to take note on: don't go thinking you can get a boyfriend online otherwise you'll be added to the list of internet idiots of 2008.

Myspace is overrated. Stupidest website I've ever been to. Facebook isn't any better.

Stay in school.
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crunchyrollnut wrote:

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'. what is happening now to the stalker is only fit and right.



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)



Stupid lives as Stupid dies.
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This is what happens when you resort to online dating...
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lol the woman is almost 50 and she acted like a retard


shes not getting laid thats why
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Serious Business
Posted 5/16/08
dat women is so immature! dat girl over reacted!
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What a stupid women!
Harassing a 13 year old just because the girl had a falling out with her daughter.
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Posted 5/16/08
this is kinda old news.

but the mom shouldn't have gotten involved with her daughter's problems.
i mean, she should've informed the other mom, not act like a freaking kid and do that.
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Posted 5/16/08 , edited 5/16/08
It's actually kind of sad... I feel as though the people calling her an idiot for getting into a relationship online and suiciding are just jackasses who are speaking with prejudice.
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