Missouri Woman Indicted in MySpace Cyber-Bullying Case That Ended in Teen’s Suicide

Thursday, May 15, 2008  

Such a sad and senseless tragedy my heart goes out to Megan’s family and friends.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri woman Thursday for her alleged role in a MySpace hoax on a teen neighbor who committed suicide after being spurned by the “boy” in the fake profile.

Lori Drew, of Dardenne Prairie near St. Louis, was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

Drew allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named “Josh Evans.”

Megan, 13, hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

Drew’s attorney, Jim Briscoe, did not return FOXNews.com’s requests for comment about the indictment.

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Drew has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used before to address Internet hacking, but this was the first time it has been used in a social-networking situation.  [For full Article]

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‘D.C. Madam’ Debra Palfrey Commits Suicide in Apparent Hanging according to Florida Police

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thanks to Fox News for this article….flagranny2

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 52-year-old woman known as the “D.C. Madam,” committed suicide Thursday morning at her mother’s home in a trailer park in the Tampa area, Tarpon Springs Police told FOXNews.com.

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“It was her, and she’s deceased,” said Frank Ruggiero, a public information officer with the Tarpon Springs Police Department. “There’s no question that it was a suicide.”

Palfrey apparently hanged herself with a nylon rope that she wrapped around a metal beam in a shed on the property, according to police.

Authorities said her 76-year-old mother, Blanche Palfrey, positively identified the dead woman as her daughter.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found guilty on April 15 by a D.C. jury on charges of racketeering and money laundering related to her operating a prostitution ring.

• ‘D.C. Madam’ Deborah Jeane Palfrey Found Guilty on All Counts

She had threatened to reveal the names of her clients — many believed to be high-profile political and business figures — if prosecutors went forward with their case.

Ruggiero said police arrived at the scene at 10:52 a.m. Thursday and Palfrey was pronounced dead a short while later.

She was reportedly staying at the mobile home of her mother Blanche, who awoke from a nap and searched the premises before noticing that a bicycle had been moved. She went to the shed to investigate and found her daughter hanging from a ceiling beam, according to police.

A man answering the phone at Blanche Palfrey’s residence who identified himself as a family spokesman said she wasn’t able to speak to the media.

“We have no comment at this time,” he told FOXNews.com. He declined to give his name.

A statement released earlier by Tarpon Springs Police said the victim was found in a small storage shed located on the west side of the mobile home.

“Handwritten notes were found on scene that describe the victim’s intention to take her life, and foul play does not appear to be involved,” said Capt. Jeffrey P. Young.

Pinellas County Medical Examiners will determine the official cause of death, and are working with the FBI on the case.

The medical examiner’s office said Thursday that it wasn’t releasing any information on the case.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter and former deputy secretary of state Randall L. Tobias both were tied by investigators to Palfrey’s high-end prostitution ring.

She had repeatedly denied the escort service engaged in prostitution, saying that if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.

Palfrey faced a maximum of 55 years in prison and was free pending her sentencing July 24.

Click here for more on this story from MyFOXTampa.com.

FOXNews.com’s Catherine Donaldson-Evans in New York and Sharon Liss in D.C. contributed to this report.

Wrestler Chris Benoit Used Steroid Testosterone; Son Sedated Before Murders

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

DECATUR, Ga. —  Professional wrestler Chris Benoit had an elevated level of testosterone in his system but no other steroids in his body, and his 7-year-old son was sedated at the time of his death, a Georgia medical examiner said Thursday.

“This level of testosterone indicates that he had been using testosterone at least within some reasonably short period of time prior to the time that he died,” said Dr. Kris Sperry, chief medical examiner for the state with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as he released the results of the toxicology report for the wrestler; his wife, Nancy; and son, Daniel.

“Although testosterone was found in Christopher Benoit’s urine, there is no evidence of any other of the illegal types of steroids, or the whole laundry list of anabolic steroids that are out there to be used,” Sperry said, adding, “the presence of the testosterone alone even could be an indicator that he was being treated for testicular insufficiency.”

Besides steroids, Benoit’s body contained the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI said Benoit tested negative for blood alcohol.

But Sperry said that they found a drug in the child’s system that surprised them: Xanax.

“It is our opinion that Daniel Benoit was sedated by Xanax at the time that he was murdered, so that (means) he was sedated prior to the time that he died,” he said.

The GBI said it could not perform tests for steroids or human growth hormones on the son because of a lack of urine.

Benoit’s wife, Nancy, tested positive for Xanax, hydrocodone and the painkiller hydromorphone, but the decomposition process hindered the ability to determine the precise levels of the drugs at the time of her death. An elevated alcohol level found in her system could also be due to the decomposition process, Sperry said.

“The decomposition will affect the ability to interpret these drug levels reliably,” Sperry said. “Before she died, they may have been higher. They could have been lower. We just don’t know and we’ll never know.”

The test results were expected to shed more light on Benoit’s last moments. Authorities said Benoit killed his wife and son in their suburban Atlanta home, placed Bibles next to their bodies and then hanged himself on the cable of a weight machine.

Anabolic steroids were found in the home, leading officials to wonder if the drugs played a role in the killings. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as “roid rage.”

“There is no reliable scientific data that conclusively says that elevated levels of administered testosterone lead to excessive rage or behavioral disorders,” Sperry said. “All the testing that’s been done regarding that has been completely inconclusive.”

Federal authorities have charged Benoit’s personal physician, Dr. Phil Astin, with improperly prescribing painkillers and other drugs to two patients other than Benoit. He has pleaded not guilty.

Investigators have also raided Astin’s office several times since the deaths, seizing prescription records and other documents.

Before he was charged, Astin told the AP he prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past. He would not say what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office June 22, the day authorities believe Benoit killed his wife.

“It’s a little unclear to know exactly where this leads us, but you take this piece and you compare it with what a witness said or what was found at the scene and suddenly the picture begins to become more in focus,” said Scott Ballard, district attorney for Fayette County. “And that’s what we’re certainly hoping to do.”

FOXNews.com’s Sara Bonisteel and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wrestler Chris Benoit:Fans, Friends Look Behind Benoit Facade

By ELIZABETH MERRILL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga., July 1, 2007

flagranny2 says: “I came across this article and found it to be quite interesting and thought I’d  share it with those who may not have already read it.  I felt the whole article was too long to post however you can continue reading the full article at (ABC News)”

The house, by most appearances, is immaculate and perfect. The fireplace, the wooden deck, the private staircase climbing up to a little boy’s room. The circle driveway and the red Hummer.

When fact blurred to fantasy, Nancy Benoit never told people this, that in high school, all she really wanted to be was a housewife. Now her house is where the story ends and the spectacle begins.

It takes a good navigational system to get to the Benoit home, past a gravel road, through a narrow two-lane spin with tall Georgia trees on both sides. Gawkers have inched by for days, peering through the metal gate for answers. A woman rolled in from North Carolina the other night, reeking of alcohol, firing a volley of “why’s” as a neighbor went to get his mail. She allegedly pelted him with rocks and wound up in jail.

“It’s certainly surreal,” says Fayette County district attorney Scott Ballard. “I’ve used the word bizarre. There are so many bizarre things about it.

The why might never be answered — why Chris Benoit, wrestling superstar, alleged family man, apparently murdered his wife on a Friday, strangled his son on a Saturday then wrapped a cord from his weight machine around his neck and hung himself on a Sunday.

Because they lived in a world of scripted storylines, flying clotheslines and outlandish ring names, it took nearly a day for some WWE fans to believe that Benoit and his family were actually dead. Some still can’t swallow it.

But fiction, those close to the case will say, could not trump the reality on Green Meadow Lane.

Ballard sits in his office across town at 5:30 p.m., after office hours because the Benoit case has evolved into a round-the-clock, breaking-news buffet of Geraldo and Greta proportions. Before Monday, Ballard had no idea who Benoit was. Maybe, he says, nobody really did.

He’s describing how rigormortis had set in by the time they found Nancy, whose skin was marbleized as she lay face-down on the floor. He’s remembering his walk into Daniel’s room — the 7-year-old boy’s body was gone, but posters of his dad still hung on the wall, and two toy wrestling belts sat on a shelf.

There was every indication, Ballard says, that Daniel Benoit adored his father. 

I pray for two things,” Ballard says. “That he didn’t know about his mother’s death and he was asleep when he was strangled.             to continue → ABC News

Wrestler Chris Benoit’s Doctor Charged: Update/correction

July 3, 2007

I learned today form Fox News that Benoit’s doctor had been prescribing a 10 month supply of steroids every 3-4 weeks to Benoit for over a year.  I had previously posted that it was just 3-4 weeks prior to his death assuming it was a one time prescription of a 10 month supply.

I wanted to clarify that info as my original post was incorrect.

Wrestler Chris Benoit’s Doctor Charged With Improperly Distributing Drugs

Monday, July 02, 2007

 Fox News has this latest update on foxnews.com 

Fox News announced that in the 3-4 weeks prior to Benoit’s death Dr. Astin had prescribed a total amount of drugs that is normally prescribed over 10 months. 

ATLANTA —  The personal doctor of pro wrestler Chris Benoit was charged Monday with improperly dispensing painkillers and other drugs. The seven-count indictment said Dr. Phil Astin dispensed drugs including Percocet, Xanax, Lorcet and Vicoprofen between April 2004 and September 2005.The recipients were identified in the indictment by the initials O.G. and M.J. Benoit’s initials were not listed.Astin was expected to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.A criminal complaint was also filed, but was under seal. A law enforcement official close to the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the hearing, said the case involves steroids.

Federal drug agents have taken over the probe into whether Astin improperly prescribed testosterone and other drugs to Benoit before the wrestler killed his wife and son and committed suicide in his suburban Atlanta home last month. State prosecutors and sheriff’s officials are overseeing the death investigation.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of all property and proceeds Astin obtained through the illegal conduct if he’s convicted.

Investigators have conducted two raids at Astin’s west Georgia office since last week.

Astin prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past but has not said what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office June 22, the day authorities believe Benoit killed his wife.

Toxicology tests on Benoit’s body have not yet been completed, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said.

Anabolic steroids were found in Benoit’s home, leading officials to wonder whether the drugs played a role in the killings. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as “roid rage.”

“We’re still asking questions and searching for answers with regard to the death so we can tie up loose ends,” Ballard said.

Ballard said finding a motive in the case remains elusive.

“I think it will always be undetermined as to ‘Why?”‘ Ballard said. “I think it’s because there can’t be any satisfactory reason why you kill a 7-year-old.”

Authorities have said Benoit strangled his wife and son, placing Bibles next to their bodies, before hanging himself on the cable of a weight-machine in his home.

Benoit’s father, Michael, said Monday that “it’s impossible to come up with a rational explanation for a very irrational act.”

“That’s my feeling. Let the cards fall where they fall, we have no control over it at this point,” he said. “It’s just impossible to come up with a rational explanation for what happened.”

Wrestler Chris Benoit – Was it “roid rage”?

Fox News TV aired the press conferenced today at 3:00pm Eastern time.  I watched as they announced the suspected order and time frame as to how and what happened and described the scene as follows:

The results of investigation into the deaths of Chris Benoit and his family was released today and ruled as double homicide-suicide. 

Friday: Wife Nancy was murder by stranglation.

Friday: After murdering wife called WWE told them he couldn’t attend the event Saturday night because his son was coughing up blood.

Saturday AM: 7year old son murdered by asphyxiation in his own bedroom

Off and on during the day he sent text messages to friends which are not being released.  Speculation is that they were scriptures taken from the bible.

Saturday PM or early Sunday AM: Benoit hung himself in the basement in his weight room.

There was no suicide note

The uncanny question is how could he stay in the house for 2 maybe 2 1/2 days with the 2 bodies before taking his own life.  The inclusive answer is the possiblity of what is called “roid rage.”  According to some authorities they claim when experiences this they go from high to low and can hear voices leading to the point they don’t know what they are doing.

I would think, pending full investigation, there could be a lot of pressure put on the wrestling association as well as the medical profession as far as steroids and their use is concerned.