Tuesday, July 5, 2011

News of the World & the Case of the 13-year-old schoolgirl "hacked" to death

Nancy Grace, the pitbull of law enforcement, should sic her Dobermans on the case of the News of the World tabloid vs. Milly Dowler during her Fox show Swift Justice. It's right up her alley and it would be poetic justice.

According to Sarah Lyall's article in the New York Times, back in 2002 a 13-year-old British schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, went missing. Her family was frantically searching for her and Scotland Yard was pursuing any clue possible.

During that time, employees of News of the World were breaking into Milly's cell phone and retrieving the agitated voice messages of people searching for her: her family, private investigators, the police and presumably her friends. Adding additional charges to active interference with a police investigation and possibly obstruction of justice was the fact that when Milly's voice mail box was full, the employees of News of the World actually deleted her past messages to make sure they could retrieve future ones.

Not only did that give false hope to the family (they thought Milly was deleting the messages, and therefore was still alive), it also sidetracked and may have torpedoed the official investigation.

The News of the World, a Murdoch publication, should have known better. After all, the New York Post reported on the evidentiary importance of a cell phone in convicting a night club bouncer in the killing of a 24-year-old student. In its eagerness to exploit the story of the missing 13-year-old girl, did News Corp employees interfere with the police investigation to such an extent that Milly's cell phone records were compromised?

Six months after she disappeared, Milly was found hacked to death. How much did the News of the World hackers contribute to Milly's hacking?

Grace has continually called for Casey Anthony's head while she was still on trial. Maybe she should dig up the dirt on Milly's experience.

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