Melinda Duckett/Nancy Grace lawsuit

Justin sent me this article (a few months old) about Melinda Duckett’s family’s pending lawsuit against Nancy Grace, which is scheduled to go to trial late this month. For the uninitiated: Melinda is the prime and only suspect in the 2006 disappearance of her two-year-old son, Trenton. On September 7, which was twelve days after Trenton’s disappearance, Nancy Grace conducted an aggressive interview with Melinda for her talk show. Melinda committed suicide the next day, hours before the interview was scheduled to air. She was only twenty-one years old. Her family is suing Nancy Grace for wrongful death, alleging that the interview pushed Melinda over the edge and caused her to shoot herself.

I will freely admit that I can’t stand Nancy Grace. But I really hope this lawsuit does not go anywhere. This is not a Phoebe Prince situation. Melinda’s death is of course regrettable, and I feel very sorry for her parents and grandparents and whatever other family she has, but Nancy Grace did not make her kill herself. Melinda had a history of depression and unstable behavior, two prior admissions to mental hospitals (as documented in the article), and an extremely volatile relationship with her ex-husband with accusations and more substantial things thrown on both sides. Furthermore, the facts indicate that Melinda was almost certainly the person behind her son’s disappearance — God only knows what she did to him — so she had only herself to blame for the situation that lead to her death.

24 thoughts on “Melinda Duckett/Nancy Grace lawsuit

  1. Emily August 2, 2010 / 6:29 pm

    Agreed on every count. I can’t stand Nancy Grace either, but to blame Melinda’s suicide on her interview is hopelessly myopic. There is no one factor that causes a person to commit suicide – a variety of stressors, only some of which are apparent to the outside world, contribute to suicidal ideation and action. We have no idea what was going through Melinda’s mind. Did the stress of her interview with Nancy Grace cause her to go over the edge? Possibly, but it didn’t happen in a vacuum, and Grace certainly didn’t intend for her interviewee to go home and commit suicide when she asked those tough questions.

    • Meaghan August 2, 2010 / 6:31 pm

      To go OVER the edge, Melinda had to be ON the edge in the first place.

      • Emily August 2, 2010 / 9:09 pm

        Exactly. There were myriad factors leading up to Melinda’s suicide. Just because the stress of an antagonistic interview may have pushed her past the brink, doesn’t mean the interviewer is responsible for her mental state or her suicide.

  2. Nan August 2, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    Why would anyone go on that woman’s show to have her publicly fillet them is beyond me. Everyone who has watched 2 nano seconds of Grace’s show knows she doesn’t lob rainbows and flowers.

    I blame the handlers for letting an unstable person dive into that snake pit.

  3. Princess Shantae August 2, 2010 / 11:13 pm

    She is a hateful woman with a mean mouth on her and I think she gets off on being rude and cutting people down. And she builds everything up so big. Everybody is either some kind of angel or else they are the devil.

  4. Elaine August 2, 2010 / 11:19 pm

    I don’t like Nancy Grace either although I only saw one interview with her and might not be all that objective. In the interview I saw (with Elizabeth Smart) she came of as fake and pushy.

    I hope the lawsuit doesn’t go anywhere either because I don’t think it was her fault. As you said Melissa Duckett had mental health problems long before the disappearance of her son.

    In my personal opinion the family should do everything possible to find Trenton, I’m not saying that they don’t but a lawsuit costs time and money. Money and time they could use to look for Trenton.

    Reading this makes me wonder if the family thinks that Melissa is responsible for her son’s disappearance. The most horrible thing is that we’ll probably never find out if she did it because when she died she took her secrets with her. This case will probably only get solved if someone else turns out to be responsible…

  5. Princess Shantae August 2, 2010 / 11:36 pm

    They never would admit if they do think Melinda did something to him. They probably wouldn’t beleive it even if there was a body.

  6. michellefrommadison August 3, 2010 / 1:42 am

    Without the unprofessional interview by Nancy Grace, Melinda might well be alive today and Trenton safe and sound at home with his mother.

    • Meaghan August 3, 2010 / 1:56 am

      You can conjure all sorts of “might” situations, but even if we assume Melinda decided to kill herself because of the interview, that doesn’t mean it was Nancy Grace’s fault. Normal, sane people do not kill themselves over a thing like like that. And it’s been well established that even before Trenton disappeared, Melinda was not normal.

      When I was fourteen years old, I tried to kill myself after I asked to be allowed to visit a boy I liked and my mom threw a screaming fit out of the blue and started yelling about how I was going to get pregnant, and I took it as an accusation of being a slut, which I certainly was not, and got very upset, and we had it out and she said a lot of stupid things to me, like she’s prone to do. And I went in my bedroom and slit my wrists. Perhaps, if she had not reacted the way she did, I would not have done this. Does that mean my mother was to blame for my actions? Not so — I was suffering from a severe depression caused by a lot of things, my mother being only one factor, and it was simply a case of “the last straw.”

  7. michellefrommadison August 3, 2010 / 2:02 am

    Yes, I agree, the suicide was the fault of Nancy Grace, alone, if you look at the facts of the case with her personally dismissing the information available to her beforehand (but she says she failed to read it) of the psychological difficulties suffered by the victim. Nancy Grace should be in prison, ohh yes, indeed. At least if one understands the facts of this case. Sorry Meg, looks like you do not. Education might be your best option to deal with your confusions and your lack of knowledge on this subject.

    • Meaghan August 3, 2010 / 2:12 am

      So who was to blame for Melinda’s suicide attempt when she was sixteen? And when she threatened it again the year before Trenton’s disappearance? And certainly Trenton’s disappearance (no matter who caused it) was a factor in her decision to kill herself — did Nancy Grace do that too?

  8. michellefrommadison August 3, 2010 / 2:47 am

    Yes, Meg, I agree, the suicide was the fault of Nancy Grace alone. The rest of your confusions takes a higher-education to fully understand, so you are again out of the loop. But, facts remain the facts and always will. So, after you get up off your lazy butt and get an adequate higher-education, return here to pursue the topic you are so unable to at this point in time.. Still though, I agree with you that Nancy Grace is totally and completely responsible for the suicide of a fragile young mother of a missing child and Nancy should be in prison for her crimes.

    • Meaghan August 3, 2010 / 3:23 am

      I do have a higher education.

  9. Nan August 3, 2010 / 9:39 am

    @michellefrommadison, pass me whatever you are smoking. The FAMILY is blaming Nancy Grace as the reason Melinda suicide. Who the knows what exactly exactly shoved her over the edge. Bad fries at the Waffle House? PMS? Backed up toilet?
    Life time of crappy coping skills and mental instability? Oh that COULDN’T it.

    I blame the idiots that let a mentally ill person go get verbally abused on cable Tee-Vee. No one ran that hair brained idea through her psychiatrist/therapist/minister or whoever else was tending to Melinda’s psychiatric needs at the time?

    Lots of money will be spent lawyering up on both sides, and maybe the family might get a few tens of thousands tossed at them with a gag order. That’s the best case scenario, I bet lawsuit gets bounced.

    The responsible party in a suicide or attempt, rests on the person who decides to drug, drink, cut, shoot or whatever novel means by ending his/her life.

    And everyone I have talked to after an attempt, didn’t want to die. They just wanted the pain of living to go away.

    WTH, it isn’t even a full moon, and the internet and the ER are goofy tonight.

  10. Emma l August 3, 2010 / 11:02 am

    I have seen many a person with a “perfect life” fall completely off the edge mentally and to an outside observer it would seem totally illogical that they would have anything to ever be “depressed” about. Unfortunately thats the unpredictability of mental illness.

  11. michellefrommadison August 3, 2010 / 11:07 am

    Facts do scare some people, especially the uneducated and especially the uninformed. But there are solutions available for those poor souls. Thanks much for proving my points. And, you are so very welcome too. 🙂

  12. Kat August 3, 2010 / 12:46 pm

    Been a busy morning on here, eh?

  13. Princess Shantae August 3, 2010 / 3:41 pm

    Whats your problem Michelle? What makes you think you are so much better educated than Meaghan or anybody else on here? How could Nancy have possibly made Melinda try to hurt herself when she was sixteen? Did nancy even have her show back then? Trenton wasn’t born back then so what would Nancy know or care about Melinda?
    And it’s really funny how you say if Nancy hadn’t made Melinda kill herself then Trenton would be safe with his mother. YEAH RIGHT! She was already a big suspect and even if she did not kill him how safe could he be with her if she’d made him disappear like that?
    And why do you call Meaghan lazy? Do you spend your days busy doing research for missing people and updating the files? You are so dumb you don’t even know how dumb you make yourself sound by coming on here with the stupid stuff that doesn’t even make sense to anybody who knows even just a little bit about it.

  14. Meaghan August 3, 2010 / 4:41 pm

    Do not feed the troll, people.

  15. jodie August 3, 2010 / 4:45 pm

    @ Princess Shantae….you wrote everything I was about to write in response to DA michellefrommadison.

  16. Princess Shantae August 3, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    I know I shouldn’t of said anything to her but it made me mad how she was acting. When I see a bug I usually try and smack it. 🙂

  17. Kat August 3, 2010 / 8:07 pm

    What is the most sad about this situation is that the little boy is still missing, regardless of how you feel about NG or his mother. She took what she knew to the grave. It is doubtful he is still alive after all this time. If she was going to kill herself, the least she could have done was provide the info needed to find him.

  18. Princess Shantae August 4, 2010 / 2:11 am

    I’d feel sorrier for Melinda if it didn’t seem so likely she killed her son or at least dumped him with somebody and lied about what happened. If he really did just disappear from their house then she needed to not lie to the police and needed to tell them everything she knew and not hold stuff back like she did. If she didn’t have something to hide why did she try and hide things? If your kid is really in danger then your first job is to do everything you can to help him get found, period.

  19. michellefrommadison August 4, 2010 / 2:20 am

    I agree with you all that Nancy Grace belongs in prison, at least if one considers the actual facts of the Duckett issues. (takes a higher education to fully understand with proficiencies in both Law and Psychology. (Sorry most of you. 😦 ))

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