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    Woman accused of 'trolling' McCanns found dead in hotel

    63-year-old UK woman Brenda Leyland has been found dead in a Leicestershire hotel, days after she was confronted by a Sky news reporter over tweets directed at the parents of missing child Madelaine McCann. They were made under the handle @sweepyface.

    Police had recently announced they were investigating tweeters and internet posters directing comments at Gerry and Kate McCann.

    Brenda's son, who lives in San Diego, this morning posted a message on his Facebook saying, 'I love you mum'.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-l...shire-29501646
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    We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance


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    WOW. I just saw her on CNN last night. weird.
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    very strange.....
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    Unmasking and death of a notorious British ‘Twitter troll’ sharpens focus on trial-by-Twitter (Washington Post)

    The woman who called herself “Sweepyface,” caught outside her home in central England, looked alarmed as the cameras closed around her like a vise. On Twitter, she was known for effectively accusing an embattled United Kingdom couple of complicity in the 2007 disappearance of their 3-year-old daughter. Calling Gerry and Kate McCann the “worst of humankind,” she tweeted that they should “suffer” for the “rest of their miserable lives.”
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    “Brenda kept very much to herself, but people were surprised when she was accused of trolling the McCanns,” one neighbor said. “… I’m sure no one would have expected her to do something like this. People didn’t condone what she is said to have done.”

    On Twitter, the response wasn’t nearly so tempered. “I see the McCanns are responsible for another death!” one man wrote.

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    I'm finding it difficult to uncover any evidence of her being a "troll," as opposed to a person expressing an opinion. The McCanns have said they aren't on any social media, and no one has suggested that she contacted them directly.

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    Humm karma IS real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perodicticus potto View Post
    I'm finding it difficult to uncover any evidence of her being a "troll," as opposed to a person expressing an opinion. The McCanns have said they aren't on any social media, and no one has suggested that she contacted them directly.
    She said horrible, despicable, nasty things.

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    Sky News ‘saddened’ over death of alleged McCann troll

    "She was said to have left her home after the exchange last week. But no direct link can be made between the incident and her death, which officers said was not being treated as suspicious."
    "Video footage of Leyland being confronted by Martin Brunt, Sky’s crime correspondent, about the allegations of trolling the McCanns is still available on Sky’s website and it is also on Sky’s Vine account."

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    When I saw this story last night, I started digging and discovered that the majority of the most-public trolls are middle-aged/older women and men. They seem to be in their 50's and 60's. I assumed they would be young people with no direction in life sitting in their parent's basement. Boy was I wrong. One out of at least six of them who are named in the following articles appears young(ish).

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress....f-cornwall-uk/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress....n-and-you-die/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress....mccann-family/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress....mas-in-hatred/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress....ral-supporter/


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    Quote Originally Posted by CHERIE.T View Post
    Humm karma IS real.
    What an awful thing to say.

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    Someone has recovered her tweets:

    http://greptweet.com/u/sweepyface/sweepyface.txt

    She was no more a troll than many people on here. She was targeted and doorstepped by Sky News because she was relatively easy to trace, used as a stand in for others who posted much nastier abuse, and exposed in the papers by the likes of the deeply unlovely Carole Malone:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...devoid-4379575

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    I'm seeing discrepancies between articles, some say she was tweeting, but others say she was texting the McCanns, which was it? B/c there is a huge difference.

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    ^I think it's pretty clear it was suicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudius View Post
    What an awful thing to say.
    NO the sh0t she said was awful.

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