Harvard Professor Says CNN Interview Contributed To Florida Woman's Suicide

OCALA, Fla. -- A Harvard professor says a CNN Headline News host's relentless questioning of a Florida mother three years ago contributed to her suicide.

That's according to a filing in a wrongful death case brought by the family of Melinda Duckett.

Duckett's 2-year-old son was reported missing in 2006, and CNN host Nancy Grace launched aggressive nightly coverage of the case.

The family claims that Grace's questioning and CNN's coverage decisions inflicted severe emotional distress on the young mother.

Grace interviewed Duckett after speculation had begun about the mother's alleged involvement in the toddler's disappearance.

The next day, Duckett shot herself in the head.

A Harvard clinical professor of psychiatry writes that the CNN interview inflicted public humiliation and was "a substantial contributing cause" of Duckett's death.

CNN and Grace have denied any involvement in the suicide.

Trenton Duckett has still not been found, and his mother remains the only suspect.


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  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Dec 7, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    Did somebody MAKE her do the interview? Is it possible she killed her child and committed suicide because of the guilt?
  • by Mark C. Location: Bath on Dec 6, 2009 at 11:35 PM
    I find this story highly plausible. If I'm forced to watch Nancy Grace, or even listen to her voice for more than five minutes, then suicde seems like a viable option. I honestly believe she may be the world's most annoying human being.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 6, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    Question: did this "Harvard Professor" have a personal interview with the Fla. mother, or this a conclusion she reached on her own?
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