May 15th, 2008
05:05 PM ET

Woman indicted in the MySpace suicide case

You can read the indictment papers from the 'Myspace suicide' case here
You can read the indictment papers from the 'Myspace suicide' case here

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer


A follow-up to an AC360° story from last year:

A federal grand jury on today indicted a Missouri woman for fraudulently using an account on the social networking website Myspace.com to pose as a teenage boy who feigned romantic interest in a 13 year-old girl. That girl later committed suicide after the “boy” spurned her and told her, among other things, that the world would be a better place without her.
(Watch Gary Tuchman's original AC360° report)

Lori Drew of O’Fallon, Missouri was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

Drew allegedly helped create a Myspace account on false premises to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans, who turned out not to exist.

Due to juvenile privacy rules, the U.S. attorney's office said, the indictment refers to the girl as M.T.M. Each count in the indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

You can read the indictment here:

Filed under: Myspace suicide
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Lilibeth

    I'm glad in this case that there are consequences in this newest form of bullying in cyberspace. So if this is possible, why aren't there punishments dealt to kids who bully in school? We've already seen deadly outcomes if nothing is done.

    Edmonds, Washington

    May 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  2. Shannon McMurphy

    Thank goodness that woman was charged. I hope she gets the highest penalty possible.

    Supposedly she is the adult. How could you ever justify this kind of behaviour toward a troubled child? As far as I'm concerned she absolutely caused that girl's death.

    Unfortunately she probably isn't mature enough to feel any shame.

    May 16, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  3. Chris in WV

    I agree that parents need to supervise their children online, but I think in this case the woman being charged should get the book thrown at her. Immature and Irresponsible, and plain horrible. She obviously has no heart and she'll get what she deserves.

    May 16, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  4. Marie

    I am so glad she is charged. Justice will be served. She was mean and malcious, deceiving, hatred, jealous, minipulating, calculating old woman.

    She deserves this.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:43 am |
  5. Missy

    I agree that parents are responsible for their kids and that there are underlying emotional problems with suicidal people. However, this child was targeted by a GROWN woman who used information given to her by Megan against her all the while posing as a boy who liked her. What child (much less adult) would not be flattered that another peer of the opposite sex likes them. To then be told that the world is better off without her is like killing her – Drew killed Megan's self worth that night. Words are just as painful as physically assaulting someone. Drew should be sentenced accordingly for such a vicious act.

    May 16, 2008 at 2:06 am |
  6. Pete Marchesi

    Dear Cooper: Roast her alive. She is guilty of this woman’s death. I wouldn’t wonder that she gets very little of a penalty for it. And isn’t that what it is like? We all trying to get off our little crimes, with little to do with it. I hope you really poison this awful situation. It would be nice.

    May 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Everyone should be responsible for what they say or do on and off the internet. This woman should have seriously known better and the amount of cruelty she demonstrated towards that child is outrageous. I hope they throw the book at her.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Eva, North Carolina

    I hope this woman gets life. She is a poor excuse for a mother and human being. How could she be so cold and callous. MTM's mother has lost her daughter, so now Lori Fallon should be lost to her daughter for years. This unfeeling woman would not have wanted this to happen to her daughter. She should have stayed out of kids stuff. Kids can be cruel, but they will work it out. She knew exactly what she was doing. She is a coward and murderer,and death is too good for her. She would not allow MTM to live her life, so she should not be able to live hers. My heart goes out to MTM's mother. To lose a child to suicide has to be a fate that is just unbearable. I hope the judicial system burns her, so no other adult will do this to another child.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  9. Mary

    This poor young girl was certainly troubled before the MySpace interaction. Young teenagers undergo emotional stress by losing a ball game or flunking a test and do not hang themselves. This young needed help and this was ignored by her parents. Think finding this woman guilty of the hanging is over reacting. This girl must have made her MySpace address available to other people or she would not have received the e-mails.
    Young people are told not to post personnal information on any computer site. We monitor our granddaughters use of the computer.
    Parents should be held accountable too.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  10. spencer, Conway Arkansas

    Parants are responsible for their Kids, After all. Go figure..........

    May 15, 2008 at 8:48 pm |
  11. c hoyle

    Kids have tough enough time with peer pressure and all the emotions in their life. To have an " adult " perpetrate such a cruel hoax on a girl who thought she had gotten a boyfriend online and then in the end telling her the world would be a better place without her.....well there is justice because now the world IS a bettter place without her : Ms. Drew . Nothing can bring back Megan ; however , maybe Ms. Drew will have plenty of time to THINK about what she did.
    But then again she seems not to have a conscious.....wonder what her thoughts and remarks were when she was found guilty.

    May 15, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  12. Ruby Coria, LA., CA.

    Gary, I just love your reporting..yet this story is so sad and I'm glad you guys (cnn) has kept on top of it..sad outcome, hopefully something positive can come out of it. good job Gary.

    May 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  13. sas

    Uhh, she didnt murder anyone...

    May 15, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  14. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    I'm glad Drew has been indicted. Make her the sacrificial lamb of cyber bullying, give her the maximum sentence, and publicize this to infinity. No child should have to endure what Megan did or her parents and loved ones will always endure for the rest of their lives as a result of her suicide. I believe when someone intentionally tries to destroy someone, they need to be held accountable for their actions, especially when it is a grown adult hurting a child. It's just too bad they couldn't figure out a way to charge her with murder.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  15. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think it's about time. I don't think freedom of speech was ever meant to be used and abused in such a manner, as it is each and every day.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  16. Irish Gram

    This poor girl certainly had emotional problems even before the Myspace connection. To say this mother caused the suicide it at best stetching but should not have done it. It is sad. Why did not the girl's parents know and step in to help the daughter. Kids are getting taunted, bullied and teased all the time in person, the phone and the net, but few commit suicide. Again, I would say she had emotional problems.
    Does anyone know how many sites/people are fruadulant on MySpace?

    May 15, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  17. Mello Doug NM

    I am surprised that there are not more comments on this. The woman needs to go away for a long time. She directly caused a young girl to commit suicide. She might as well have put a gun to her head and murdered her.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I saw this story earlier in the day and wondered if you all would say anything about it tonight on 360 since you covered it for about a week on the show.

    I think that it is great that Lori got arrested and is being charged in the death of Megan. Even though they can't charge her with her death outright she still will have to pay for what they did.

    Thankfully someone kept on this case and found a law that could be used to arrest this woman in this case. I hope the kids are punished also.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  19. dave of seattle

    Where the heck were MTM's parents?
    What a grave injustice.
    They should indict her parents for not properly carrying out their duties instead of finding a scapegoat. If it had been a real person and he had said those same very things to MTM, would he be up for involuntary manslaughter?
    This US Attorney is a twit.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |