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.
Here, I suspect is the sad truth of Mz. Grace's response (were she actually to be honest):
Nancy isn't a lawyer is she?
I'm sure that Miss Grace is very satisfied that she did an effective interview. It had spectacular results. But why would someone agree to be interviewed by such a one anyway?
I am sure this will be a proud item on Miss. Grace's resume.
That appears to be a hit piece with little facts. This has more on the real Nancy.
Interesting. However, very, very rarely does Nancy Grace air an interview between her and another subject pre-recorded.
Greta is the same. If you see Greta interviewing someone and it's not live it's likely:
1) An interview out of the country (Aruba, for example, while covering Natalee Holloway).
2) An interview with a well-known politician or former President.
I saw that particular show and though I like a lot about Nancy Grace, I do think she was especially venomous to that young girl. She should remember the "assumption of innocence" during her inquisitions.
Even if she was not the cause she will be very proud of it being thought the cause because it shows that she is an effective interviewer and she can mark it up on her private and public scorecards.
Not a hit piece at all.
Her "reporting" on the Duke LAX case has been disGRACEful!
Hehe dis-grace-ful lol
Oops, I believe that is "presumption of innocence."
When she was a prosecutor it was the same thing but the ratings were promotion prospects.
Enquiring minds would like to know.
I hate that double standard that you so clearly highlighted
Just divorced. If she is Viet Nam born or was raised for the first part of her life traditionally in a traditional family she would have had severe problems with that sort of accusatory assault. I am guessing about her background because she looks like she could be closely related to a family I know. To me she just looks Viet. I am searching this to find out if it is so. So far no info.
Presumption of innocence only holds in a courtroom.
The court of public opinion has no such rules. That's why we can get away with rampant speculation on FR.
What would you expect the loathesome b*tch to say? Just skipping over her while channel-surfing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Nancy grace is a bitter, hateful person.
Nasty Graceless has appointed herself judge and jury on every case I have bothered to watch her discuss.
(In my best Red Skelton Klem Kladiddlehopper voice) "Noooooooooo. Think so?"
Suicide is typically NOT someone else's fault. For whatever reasons, her emotional state drove her to it.
Passion isn't a license to be an arse. She is an arse.
Neither of those articles is particularly flattering to nancy grace, but they're both probably pretty accurate.
It's free publicity and a dose of notoriety - those are important reagents of modern media alchemy!
That is certainly not impossible but the situation is almost a formula divorce- husband abducts and kills scenario. Badgering hell out of a woman who is probably emotionally full of cracks already because of her missing child, regardless of whether she is the agent of the disapppearance or not, seems calculated to reach such a result as did, in fact, occur. Killing off thelady certainly does not bring solution to the mystery any closer and may make it more difficlt or impossible.
It seems unlikely to me that the mother would have committed suicide if she believed her son to be just missing and there was hope of finding him. If she already knew he was dead however...
"Nobody made her do the show," he said. "Nobody made her do anything."
Sane thinking. How refreshing.
Maybe she does--we would have been better off if she were alive and able to tell us he is, though, wouldn't we?
Maybe she killed herself because A. her child is missing; B. she was stunned and wounded by the brutality of Grace's inquisition; and C. the two together were more than a young woman in the middle of a "messy" divorce could handle. Maybe she just took a deep breath and looked square in the eye of sheer, rabid MEAN and without her child, couldn't quite see the point in surviving. I don't know why she killed herself, and neither does Nancy Grace, but I feel very sorry for this young mother regardless. I hope her child is found safe and returned to what is left of his family soon. And I wish we could all learn not to be so damned quick to rush to judgement.
"She really has a sterling record of helping to recover kids alive and of helping bring the culprits to justice."
That may be true. But she has a personality that is sometimes very childish, then mean. I do not like her. She also has to act cute.
She is judge and jury!
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