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myrmaad
15-05-08, 23:16
Remember Megan Meyers? (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=112174) The girl who committed suicide after a neighbor and her mother bullied and hoaxed her?

Lori Drew of St Louis, Missouri was indicted on Thursday on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorisation ...

Lori Drew charged over MySpace suicide

May 16, 2008 - 7:52AM
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Tina Meier holds two pictures of her daughter Megan who committed suicide in 2006 after receiving cruel messages on MySpace. Inset: Ashley Grills who denies instigating MySpace attack.
Photo: AP

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Lori Drew of St Louis, Missouri was indicted on Thursday on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorisation to obtain information to inflict emotional distress.
Each of the four counts carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.

Drew allegedly helped create a fake MySpace account to contact neighbour Megan Meier who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans.

At the time of the incident, the Drews and the Meiers lived four doors apart in Waterford Crystal Drive, in the town of Dardenne Prairie. The Drew's teenage daughter and Megan were friends.

The online relationship between "Josh" and Megan bloomed for several weeks before the tone suddenly changed.

On October 15, 2006, Josh sent Megan a message saying, 'I don't want to be friends with you anymore because you're not nice to your friends'.
That post triggered a flood of hate posts from other users.

"All of Josh's friends and all of Megan's friends were calling Megan a *****, a fat ass. Calling her all kinds of god awful names," Megan's mother,Tina, told the ABC network in an interview last year.

Meier hanged herself on the evening of October 16, 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including the last message sent from Josh which read: "the world would be a better place without you, and have a s**t rest of your life."

After that, Josh's profile vanished from MySpace.

It wasn't until several weeks after Megan's death that the Meiers discovered Drew's involvement in the fake MySpace profile.
Drew, who was 48 at the time of the incident, has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

She claimed through her lawyers that she did not instigate the Josh Evans profile, nor did she use the fake profile to communicate with Megan. While she knew about the ruse, the lawyer said, she was apparently unaware that the Josh profile had been used to attack her neighbour's daughter.
She claims the profile was the work of her teenage daughter and a teenage employee called Ashley Grills.

Last month, Grills, now 19, went on national TV saying that while she was responsible for setting up the fake Josh profile, Lori Drew and her daughter were also involved in the cruel hoax.

Grills also said she wrote the message to Megan about the world being a better place without her. The message was supposed to end the online relationship with "Josh" because Grills felt the joke had gone too far.
"I was trying to get her angry so she would leave him alone and I could get rid of the whole MySpace," Grills said.

Authorities in Missouri investigated Megan's death but failed to charge Drew after they were unable to find a law that she had broken.

The charges being laid by federal prosecutors allege that Drew defrauded MySpace by helping set up a bogus profile,

US Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien said this was the first time the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used in a social-networking case. It has been used in the past to address hacking.
"This was a tragedy that did not have to happen," O'Brien said.

Both the girl and MySpace are named as victims in the case, he said.
Drew will be arraigned in St. Louis and then moved to Los Angeles for trial.
The indictment says MySpace members agree to abide by terms of service that include, among other things, not promoting information they know to be false or misleading; soliciting personal information from anyone under age 18 and not using information gathered from the Web site to "harass, abuse or harm other people."

Drew and others who were not named conspired to violate the service terms from about September 2006 to mid-October that year, according to the indictment. It alleges they registered as a MySpace member under a phony name and used the account to obtain information on the girl.

Drew and her coconspirators "used the information obtained over the MySpace computer system to torment, harass, humiliate, and embarrass the juvenile MySpace member," the indictment charged.

After the girl killed herself, Drew and the others deleted the information for the account, the indictment said.

thecentaur
15-05-08, 23:21
i hope she goes to jail for a long time :mad:

Ward Dragon
15-05-08, 23:22
Finally. That's excellent news. I knew there were criminal charges in there somewhere. I hope she gets convicted, and that the prison time adds up instead of being served concurrently. I was actually just thinking about this case last night. The episode of Law & Order involved someone with a fake account on a site that was similar to MySpace and it reminded me of this news story, so I was wondering if anything ever happened. Thanks for posting this :tmb:

Larson_1988
15-05-08, 23:24
Finally! This case got me really sad when i first read about it. :( I hope she goes to prison for the rest of her life! :mad:

Jo269976
15-05-08, 23:45
She needs to rot both in jail and in hell :mad:

Ward Dragon
16-05-08, 00:15
She needs to rot both in jail and in hell :mad:

The lowest Circle of Hell is reserved for traitors like her.

Mr.Burns
16-05-08, 01:20
Silver wolf, do not bypass the censor program.


I'm glad to hear that this woman is being held accountable for her actions. Something like this can't go unpunished.

Little-Lara
16-05-08, 01:26
Remember Megan Meyers? (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=112174) The girl who committed suicide after a neighbor and her mother bullied and hoaxed her?

Lori Drew of St Louis, Missouri was indicted on Thursday on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorisation ...

Oy, thanks so much babe. :) It's so great to hear a bit of good news come out of that tragic story. Dang, the mom's photo looks so heartbreaking. :( :( :(

spikejones
16-05-08, 06:01
^actually, the mom's photo looks like a ****ed off gangsta ***** pose the way she has her arms crossed. It's kind weird looking to be honest.

I've never actually heard of this event before. I admit that the whole thing was just cruel and that punishment of some sort should be made.


Disclaimer: the following may sound offensive..
It makes no sense to me that a person would get so distressed over a website. I wonder if any of the (other) people who started sending her messages were people she knew in real life? It seems as though they were not though since a person who knew them in real life would not all of a sudden start sending hate messages in response to the message from "Josh" stating that she was mean to her friends. A friend who knew them in real life would know either a) the statement was true and accepts it and therefore would not immediately start to flame someone OR b) would know the statement to be false and defend her. It almost seems as though the girl had no real life friends, which is sad. And how did mom let this happen? I thought people knew better than to let their children have online relationships, what with kids being enticed to have sex with people who are supposedly their own age, yet turn out to be a sick 40 year old pedophile. It's for reasons like this that I take what people online tell me with a grain of salt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_of_salt).

However insensitive as the above was, my condolences to the family of Megan.

Voni
16-05-08, 06:04
THe issue was that Megan had psychological issues anyway, which this family KNEW about, yet they still went ahead and caused this distress to the poor girl.

The woman's an idiot, I really hope she does end up in jail.

spikejones
16-05-08, 06:10
THe issue was that Megan had psychological issues anyway, which this family KNEW about, yet they still went ahead and caused this distress to the poor girl.

The woman's an idiot, I really hope she does end up in jail.

I gathered as much from the fact that she killed herself and my views about the nature of true friendships. But you are right, it was an extremely cruel thing to do.

Orionvalentine
16-05-08, 06:51
13 year old children are very emotional, they don't know why they feel particular feelings, when your so called friends are saying things like that, would a 13 year old girl know what that feeling really mean, or how to deal with it? My guess is no. It is such as shame, a damn shame for this girl. I'm just sorry she had to endure that situation at such an early age.

R.I.P xxx