by MA Loper - Posted Mon December 10, 2007 @ 10:40 AM
I have been mildly obsessed with the Nikki Catsouras case ever since I saw the 20/20 ads on TV.
For those who might not have seen it, here is the story:
18 year old girl has a fight with Daddy, swipes the keys to his $150K Porsche Carrera and goes out on a joyride at about 100 mph on a California highway.
Trying to pass a Honda doing 70, she clips their car, loses control of the Porsche and slams nose first into a toll booth. Needless to say, she didn't make it home to face the consequences.
But that isn't where it ends. The CHP investigators take incredibly graphic digital images of the crash, including some very gory images of the girl's remains. (Trust me, I found the pics and they are VERY graphic!)
Somehow those images got leaked out of the department and wound up posted to the Internet where some boneheads thought it would be "funny" to send the images to this family. Someone even went so far as to create a bogus MySpace account as a twisted homage to the girl. Very tacky and inappropriate to be sure.
So the parents are SUING the CHP for leaking the images, claiming emotional distress and invasion of privacy. Now, while I think it is horrific that the photos got leaked at all and it's even worse that some punks thought this would be a "cool prank" I can't say that I necessarily agree with the parents.
They say they want their privacy and Nikki's dignity and memory respectfully maintained but then they go on a major, prime time news show and plead their case in the court of public opinion, which only fuels more interest in the images. Nikki was killed over a year ago. Why pour Kerosene on a smoldering fire?
And why aren't they doing more to go after the people who are actually harassing them? Kind of seems strange to blame the CHP for doing their job. No, they should not have leaked them, but they also are not responsible for what some morons do for fun.
That's like blaming God because you're overweight or too short or bald and people laugh at you!
Furthermore, I have to wonder how "sweet and innocent" this girl really was. Most people would never dream of being so cruel and heartless in the face of such tragedy. I have a sneaking suspicion that either this girl or her family were not well liked. I'd hate to think that perhaps she was a spoiled brat that people would be so heartless to her memory, but it sure does look suspect.
Apparently, kids at her former HS, where her younger sister was attending (they have since pulled her out to homeschool her for her own protection) printed and posted the horrific images on the sister's locker. Again, what kind of twisted person does that to someone who is described as being "sweet?"
I had classmates killed tragically in HS and NO ONE would have posted images or sent messages harassing their parents. So were we just more civilized back then or was there more to this story than we're being told?