Monday, May 26, 2008

Woman Indicted In MySpace Hoax Suicide

Series of articles from 2007:

A 49-year-old Missouri woman accused of pretending to be a love-struck teenage boy on MySpace and driving 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 neighbor 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.

She has since pleaded not guilty.

1 comment:

  1. That woman had caused the girl to become suicidal, albeit it was the girl's choice to kill herself.

    That girl should have known that MySpace is usually a joke.
    But I also heard that poor Megan Meier had a mental issue, so it is unclear to determine if the woman is truly guilty or not.


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