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Show didn't cause suicide, host says
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 9-13-06 | Stephen Hudak

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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1 posted on 09/13/2006 1:30:48 PM PDT by Babu
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To: Babu

NEXT!


2 posted on 09/13/2006 1:32:23 PM PDT by steveo (ADVERTISEMENT)
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To: Babu
"I do not feel our show is to blame for what happened to Melinda Duckett," Grace said on the air Monday.

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.

3 posted on 09/13/2006 1:33:17 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Babu

I doubt that Grace was the cause of the suicide, but she does consistently impress me as a loathsome person.


4 posted on 09/13/2006 1:33:40 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Babu

I work on this project but don't tell anyone.


5 posted on 09/13/2006 1:33:42 PM PDT by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: Babu
"we remain hopeful that Trenton will be found safe," and reunited with his now dead mother.
6 posted on 09/13/2006 1:34:30 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Babu

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.


7 posted on 09/13/2006 1:35:06 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Babu
Grace also noted that "Melinda committed suicide before that interview ever aired."

It's possible that Melinda deduced the fact that the interview would air.

8 posted on 09/13/2006 1:35:12 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Babu
The boy's father, Joshua Duckett, said he did not blame Grace for Melinda's suicide. He was estranged from his wife, who had custody of Trenton.

"Nobody made her do the show," he said. "Nobody made her do anything."


Atleast this is a responsible statement however it is a very sad situation.
9 posted on 09/13/2006 1:35:12 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Babu
Grace also noted that "Melinda committed suicide before that interview ever aired."

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?

10 posted on 09/13/2006 1:35:23 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Babu
Grace, who has helped publicize the cases of Natalee Holloway, JonBenet Ramsey and other youthful crime victims

She really has a sterling record of helping to recover kids alive and of helping bring the culprits to justice.

11 posted on 09/13/2006 1:35:28 PM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: tobyhill
CNN ratings mean more than a woman's life and a child being found.

And what makes you think that was different when she was a prosecutor?
12 posted on 09/13/2006 1:37:55 PM PDT by JamesP81 ("Never let your schooling interfere with your education" --Mark Twain)
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To: Babu
"I do not feel our show is to blame for what happened to Melinda Duckett," Grace said on the air Monday.

Nancy,rest assured that the dead woman's estate will arrange for this question to be put to a civil court jury.

13 posted on 09/13/2006 1:38:14 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Babu
I did a search for the interview on YouTube...nothing yet.
14 posted on 09/13/2006 1:38:39 PM PDT by jdm (I gotta give the Helen Thomas obsession a rest.)
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To: HitmanLV

Nancy is anything but a loathesome person.

Do a little research to find out why she's so passionate about her cause first.


15 posted on 09/13/2006 1:40:07 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: JamesP81

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?


16 posted on 09/13/2006 1:42:11 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Something isn't right here. Why the h*ll did she kill herself?


17 posted on 09/13/2006 1:42:16 PM PDT by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom to OSSR Richard T. Blalock-USS Ramage)
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To: Babu
Grace also noted that "Melinda committed suicide before that interview ever aired."

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.

18 posted on 09/13/2006 1:42:21 PM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: ConservativeMan55

One might consider this loathesome ..


Hag of the Hoax Nomination: Nancy Grace

http://liestoppers.blogspot.com/2006/09/hag-of-hoax-nomination-nancy-grace.html


19 posted on 09/13/2006 1:42:57 PM PDT by maggief
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To: jdm

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.


20 posted on 09/13/2006 1:43:12 PM PDT by adjuster
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To: Darkwolf377
That never occured to you, lady?

Here, I suspect is the sad truth of Mz. Grace's response (were she actually to be honest):


21 posted on 09/13/2006 1:43:27 PM PDT by Babu
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To: frogjerk

Nancy isn't a lawyer is she?

Former Prosecutor....

http://www.observer.com/20060306/20060306_Rebecca_Dana_pageone_nytv.asp


22 posted on 09/13/2006 1:43:58 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Babu

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.


23 posted on 09/13/2006 1:45:51 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: maggief

That appears to be a hit piece with little facts. This has more on the real Nancy.

http://www.observer.com/20060306/20060306_Rebecca_Dana_pageone_nytv.asp


24 posted on 09/13/2006 1:45:55 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Izzy Dunne
Grace also noted that "Melinda committed suicide before that interview ever aired."

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).

OR

2) An interview with a well-known politician or former President.

25 posted on 09/13/2006 1:46:34 PM PDT by jdm (I gotta give the Helen Thomas obsession a rest.)
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To: Babu

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.


26 posted on 09/13/2006 1:47:40 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: HitmanLV

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.


27 posted on 09/13/2006 1:47:58 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Not a hit piece at all.

Her "reporting" on the Duke LAX case has been disGRACEful!


28 posted on 09/13/2006 1:48:10 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Hehe dis-grace-ful lol


29 posted on 09/13/2006 1:49:13 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: varina davis

Oops, I believe that is "presumption of innocence."


30 posted on 09/13/2006 1:49:14 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: JamesP81

When she was a prosecutor it was the same thing but the ratings were promotion prospects.


31 posted on 09/13/2006 1:49:53 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: Babu
Could the family be contemplating filing a lawsuit against Grace and Chicken Noodle News? Could this be a trial balloon to see if the allegations pass the "laugh test?" Could the publicity be "shark bait" in order to attract a nice lawyer willing to take the case on a contingency?

Enquiring minds would like to know.

32 posted on 09/13/2006 1:54:20 PM PDT by Zakeet (A fine is a tax for doing wrong ... a tax is a fine for doing right)
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To: Darkwolf377
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

I hate that double standard that you so clearly highlighted

33 posted on 09/13/2006 1:55:55 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: Babu

34 posted on 09/13/2006 1:56:21 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: flynmudd

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.


35 posted on 09/13/2006 1:56:31 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: varina davis

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.


36 posted on 09/13/2006 2:00:50 PM PDT by Xenalyte (expanding my impersonator repertoire to include Charo)
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To: Babu

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.


37 posted on 09/13/2006 2:01:18 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Babu

Nasty Graceless has appointed herself judge and jury on every case I have bothered to watch her discuss.


38 posted on 09/13/2006 2:06:50 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
It's possible that Melinda deduced the fact that the interview would air.

(In my best Red Skelton Klem Kladiddlehopper voice) "Noooooooooo. Think so?"

39 posted on 09/13/2006 2:12:29 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Babu

Suicide is typically NOT someone else's fault. For whatever reasons, her emotional state drove her to it.


40 posted on 09/13/2006 2:14:11 PM PDT by technochick99 ( Firearm of choice: Sig Sauer....)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Passion isn't a license to be an arse. She is an arse.


41 posted on 09/13/2006 2:14:23 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Neither of those articles is particularly flattering to nancy grace, but they're both probably pretty accurate.


42 posted on 09/13/2006 2:15:22 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: arthurus; Victoria Delsoul

It's free publicity and a dose of notoriety - those are important reagents of modern media alchemy!


43 posted on 09/13/2006 2:16:34 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Darkwolf377
Or do you think, Melinda Dunckett may have something to do with her son's disappearance.
44 posted on 09/13/2006 2:17:10 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (Try reading the article before you post)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

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.


45 posted on 09/13/2006 2:22:48 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: Babu

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...


46 posted on 09/13/2006 2:27:17 PM PDT by D1X1E
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To: nmh

"Nobody made her do the show," he said. "Nobody made her do anything."

Sane thinking. How refreshing.


47 posted on 09/13/2006 2:30:31 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Maybe she does--we would have been better off if she were alive and able to tell us he is, though, wouldn't we?


48 posted on 09/13/2006 2:34:34 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: flynmudd

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.


49 posted on 09/13/2006 2:40:15 PM PDT by mjrsgrlnMD
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To: wideawake

"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!


50 posted on 09/13/2006 2:55:48 PM PDT by fabriclady
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