Grace Under Fire

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On September 7th, 21-year-old Melinda Duckett gave a phone interview to CNN’s Nancy Grace. They discussed the disappearance of Duckett’s 2-year-old son, Trenton, and Grace grilled Duckett in her trademark way: “Where were you? Why aren’t you telling us where you were that day?” The day after the taping, Melinda Duckett shot herself to death.

Duckett’s grandparents have publicly stated that they think the grilling Grace gave their granddaughter contributed to her decision to commit suicide, sparking discussion about the role of the media in this tragedy.

According to the Guardian, Janine Iamunno, a spokeswoman for Grace, said in an e-mail that Duckett’s death was “an extremely sad development,” but that the program would continue covering the case.

Tonight, Grace investigates the death of Anna Nicole’s son.

  • Mother of Missing Boy Commits Suicide [Guardian]
  • Police Examine Melinda Duckett’s Diary; Toddler Still Missing [msnbc.com]