In the past week two different family members of MPs have contacted me asking to correct errors on the MPs’ respective casefiles.
One of them emailed me saying:
The profile mentions that [MP’s] sons were raised by [MP’s] parents. Actually, while [MP’s parents] had custody of the boys for the year after [MP’s] disappearance, my husband and I adopted and raised them. They joined our natural family of five (one daughter and two sons) on August 10, 1996. I am [MP’s] first cousin and her will named me as guardian for her children. My husband’s name is XXXXX. The boys are now grown and doing well.
I corrected the information and told her it sounded like MP’s kids were lucky to have her and I was glad they were doing well after having suffered such a terrible loss early in life.
The other found my personal Facebook account and told me one of the two photos I had for her son wasn’t of him. (Color me surprised; that photo was on his CDOJ page for years.) And, she said, if I didn’t remove the wrong photo immediately she would “be forced to take further action.”
Oh-kay then. I did of course remove the photo. I don’t want wrong info on my site and all she had to do was, like MP’s cousin above, explain that it was in error and politely ask for me to fix it. I was slightly flabbergasted.
I asked my friend Wendy the Minister why people behaved that way (like the second person I mean) and she said, “Because they’re so used to being ignored. They’re used to people not caring, so they learn that they have to threaten people if they want anything done.”
That’s probably true. And very sad.
Did the two photos of the second MP (with the “wrong” pic and the “right” pic) look similar? I’ve seen your profiles with several pictures of a missing person from a few years apart and they naturally looked different (it’s technically a different picture) but you could tell that they’re all of the same person.
They looked similar to me, but presumably his mom would know better than I would. Plus the only other photo (the one that’s really of him) is not very good quality at all. It’s not the worst but it’s only black and white — I don’t mean grayscale, I mean there are two colors, black and white.
WOW- Meghan so sorry the latter happened with the photo, that is just awful, she clearly is just so bitter and didn’t realize that you are trying to help. I am sorry you had this happen, it crushes me to the bone when people react this way. As for the woman, the cousin who raised the children, bless her, she sounds so very wonderful, and the boys are probably very wonderful humans like her. xo
As long as your doing your best, no one can fault you.After all your doing it from a pure heart. Thank you for all your hard work.
Thank you Meghan for your tireless work on behalf of MPs and their families; sorry you received the above message inspite of your obvious good intentions. Please realize the vast majority of your readership appreciates your hard work.