Skip to comments.Show didn't cause suicide, host says
Posted on 09/13/2006 1:30:45 PM PDT by Babu
LEESBURG -- The plight of missing 2-year-old Trenton Duckett is the latest cause taken up by ex-prosecutor and national talk-show host Nancy Grace, who frequently uses her cable forum to draw attention to abduction cases.
But the Headline News host found herself answering Monday whether she had become part of the story -- only days after grilling the boy's mother in a televised interview. The day after that probing series of questions, Melinda Duckett killed herself.
"I do not feel our show is to blame for what happened to Melinda Duckett," Grace said on the air Monday.
Grace also noted that "Melinda committed suicide before that interview ever aired."
Melinda Duckett's family members have said the publicity surrounding the case may have added to her stress in the days before her suicide.
The ex-prosecutor demanded details, including the names and locations of the stores where Melinda Duckett said she had taken her son shopping in Lake and Orange counties.
Grace declined to be interviewed Tuesday but issued a statement by e-mail.
"We feel a responsibility to bring attention to this case in the hopes of helping find Trenton Duckett, who remains missing. Our goal in our continuing coverage of Trenton's disappearance is to enlist the public's help in finding him," Grace's statement read. "While Ms. Duckett's death is an extremely sad development, we remain hopeful that Trenton will be found safe, and we will continue to cover the case until it is solved."
Grace, who has helped publicize the cases of Natalee Holloway, JonBenet Ramsey and other youthful crime victims, featured Trenton Duckett's case twice in the past few days. She questioned Melinda Duckett during a taped interview Thursday.
Melinda Duckett committed suicide at her grandparents' home in The Villages the next day.
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News reporters and editors and hosts are always talking about "making a difference in people's lives. But when things like this, the Jenny Jones thing, and the NYT revealing military secrets to our enemies, suddenly they're of no significance at all, and they can't figure out where people got the idea that their little newspapers and TV shows could possibly contribute to the deaths of emotionally-stressed people or soldiers on the front lines.
I doubt that Grace was the cause of the suicide, but she does consistently impress me as a loathsome person.
I work on this project but don't tell anyone.
She's a talk show host and no longer a prosecutor so to her and CNN ratings mean more than a woman's life and a child being found.
It's possible that Melinda deduced the fact that the interview would air.
Uh, yeah, lady, but it was AFTER your grilling.
Mike Wallace-style grilling of folsk not used to the spotlight is fun for ratings-starved newsworms, but some people aren't used to that kind of thing. That never occured to you, lady?
She really has a sterling record of helping to recover kids alive and of helping bring the culprits to justice.
Nancy,rest assured that the dead woman's estate will arrange for this question to be put to a civil court jury.
Nancy is anything but a loathesome person.
Do a little research to find out why she's so passionate about her cause first.
No reason to think that but she's not a prosecutor anymore, she's just another creepy talk show host now. I can believe John Walsh because he's personally involved but when has Grace had her child missing?
Something isn't right here. Why the h*ll did she kill herself?
Nancy Grace, lawyer, this has nothing to do with the possibility you drove this woman over the edge.
Even though Nancy Grace is stating this stupid comment to make herself feel better, I don't think she should be held accountable.
One might consider this loathesome ..
Hag of the Hoax Nomination: Nancy Grace
I find Nancy Grace and her show to be disgusting and and moronic. I watched it once and quickly decided that she's a nitwit.
And this is not her first episode of stupidity.
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