Megan, a year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder, corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel. The next day Megan committed suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of Megan's. Now Megan's parents hope the people who made the fraudulent profile on the social networking Web site will be prosecuted, and they are seeking legal changes to safeguard children on the Internet. The girl's mother, Tina Meier, said she doesn't think anyone involved intended for her daughter to kill herself.
Neighbor Guilty in MySpace Hoax Case
Mother saw plan as clever, witness says
Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter. Log In. Megan Meier hanged herself after being the victim of a cruel hoax. A fight with her best friend had the best friend's mom seek revenge. They set up a site on My Space, invented a fake boy, and had him start a relationship with Megan. It cost her her life. Megan's parents won't release the name of the family that started the hoax that cost them their daughter's life, in an effort to keep the name of Megan's former year-old girlfriend private.
Suicide of Megan Meier
The woman linked to a fake MySpace profile of a year-old boy created to start an Internet relationship with Megan Meier, the Missouri teen who hanged herself after receiving hurtful messages, is now believed to be the victim of a cyber-bullying impersonator herself. And the online harassment laws that were passed after Meier's death last year now may be used to help the middle-aged woman, who many believe was responsible for the year-old girl's suicide. On Dec.
A suburban mother was found guilty today of minor misdemeanor charges for her role in an online hoax that prosecutors said led to the suicide of her teenage neighbor. Lori Drew, 49, was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of unauthorized access to computers in a case that drew nationwide attention both for its novel use of a computer hacking law to combat alleged cyberbullying and for its tales of suburban neighborhood rivalries and teenage suicide. The jury could not reach a verdict on a single felony conspiracy charge. Drew, who lives in a suburb of St. Louis, was acquitted of several felony counts of unauthorized access to computers in order to inflict emotional distress on year-old Megan Meier.