December 05, 2007
Dardenne Prairie, Mo. (The Weekly Vice) - Could the case of Megan Meier become any stranger? First, an adult stalks a minor child to the point of suicide. Then an angry public goes on the march to expose this adult. Now, we are on a new hunt. The hunt to expose Lori Drew's apparent sympathizer.
Yes, there's a new chapter to the Megan Meier saga. A story that begun with the tragic suicide of a 13 year old girl a little more than a year ago.
On November 18th, 2007 a new blog titled "Megan Meier Had It Coming" was published with links to the blog being posted to several other blogs that were discussing the case.
Now, local officials have confirmed that an investigation has been launched by the county's Cyber Crimes division in an attempt to uncover the blog's author.
The blog, which was initially authored by a persona named "Kristen", first assumed the role of a young person claiming to know Megan Meier. The author described experiences with Megan Meier in an attempt to justify the stalking activities of Lori Drew, Mrs. Drew's daughter and an 18 year old employee of Drew's advertising business.
The blog then took a curious turn when a new post was added, claiming to be Lori Drew herself. This new post went into great detail describing the course of events leading to Megan Meier's suicide from a viewpoint sympathetic to the Drew family. At the conclusion of the blog entry, the author challenges readers "Here I am, Internet. Come and get me."
The Drew family's attorney, Jim Briscoe has not yet been reached for comment, however Lori Drew's father apparently did. According to Fox 2, the father stated that the Drew family had nothing to do with the blog and that the family welcomed the investigation into the blog's origin and author.
Tina Meier, the mother of teenager who took her own life following the MySpace taunting initiated by the Drews, also welcomed the investigation.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
While I personally do not care for the blog in question, it's objective or it's author, there is one good outcome from it that I must point out. The blog, which is obviously sympathetic to the Drew's point of view is a double edged sword that also works against local officials in the case.
The truth is, lawmakers do not like this case and do not like the national scrutiny it brings. Extending this saga, continues a case that local officials desperately want to end.
Local law enforcement wants the story to die because monitoring the Drew family home from an angry public drains man hours. The prosecutors want the story to die because the community is losing faith in it's ability to prosecute other cases. While the county prosecutor is not an elected position, the state's Attorney General is. The sooner this story dies, the less significant it will be during the next election cycle.
The national press would also like this story to subside. Increasingly, both the televised and print media find themselves losing it's ability to influence what the public knows and talks about.
Slowly but surely, the blogging community enjoys an ever increasing market share of where the public gets it's news. Surely it must seem unfair to a career journalist armed with a political science degree to find his or her self competing with soccer moms and special interest groups who are not bound by the same 'ethics' requirements.
But the story refuses to die thus far and this is good news. Good because it keeps the pressure on lawmakers to move from rhetoric into legislation. Since we are months away from an election, it's important that this story isn't forgotten when a former attorney 'Claire McCaskill' promises to represent Missouri families for US Senate. It will be a good story to keep in mind when the next Matt Blunt considers new legislation to toughen Internet predator laws. It's a good story to remind folks that our Congress has a duty to the American people outside of sparring over the Iraq war.
No, I don't agree with or condone the message behind the 'Megan Meier Had It Coming' blog one bit. But there's an obvious silver lining here that may work to help motivate our lawmakers into real action.
Interestingly, it certainly is possible that this was the entire point of the blog in the first place.