Woman accused of 'trolling' McCanns found dead in hotel

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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    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-leicestershire-29501646
     
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  3. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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  4. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    WOW. I just saw her on CNN last night. weird.
     
  5. newone

    newone 2nd mouse gets the cheese

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    very strange.....
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Unmasking and death of a notorious British ‘Twitter troll’ sharpens focus on trial-by-Twitter (Washington Post)

     
  7. Perodicticus potto

    Perodicticus potto New Member

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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.
     
  8. CHERIE.T

    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    Humm karma IS real.
     
  9. CHERIE.T

    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    She said horrible, despicable, nasty things.
     
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    Sky News ‘saddened’ over death of alleged McCann troll

     
  11. LadyL

    LadyL Active Member

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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.com/2013/03/17/kate-mccann-gun-maniac-named-as-sheila-basher-of-cornwall-uk/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/stark-warning-to-kate-mccann-run-london-marathon-and-you-die/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/internet-troll-apologizes-to-mccann-family/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/top-internet-anti-mccann-family-troll-criticised-for-her-diplomas-in-hatred/

    http://ordinisrubricrucis.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/same-facebook-group-another-death-threat-at-kate-mccann-from-entrenched-goncalo-amaral-supporter/
     
  12. Claudius

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    What an awful thing to say.
     
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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.
     
  15. Supernovae

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    ^I think it's pretty clear it was suicide.
     
  16. CHERIE.T

    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    NO the sh0t she said was awful.
     
  17. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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  18. Tricia

    Tricia Owner Websleuths.com Staff Member Administrator

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    This thread is not to argue the McCann case. Please keep this in minde when posting.
     
  19. Dymphna

    Dymphna Patron Saint of the mentally ill

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    My understanding of the articles is that she was tweeting, NOT texting. She didn't have a high opinion of the McCann's, but she wasn't threatening them either, imo. (from reading her tweets). I am sickened by this... I do not understand what Martin Brunt/Sky were thinking when they ambushed her with cameras. Just heartbreaking.

    All imo
     
  20. iamnotagolem

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    That's what I understood, too. If she was just tweeting it, then it really is no different than posting here at websleuths saying the same sort of stuff. IMO If she had threatened the McCanns or texted them, I'd feel a lot different about it, but merely tweeting her opinion is no different than what many do here.
     
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    I guess this begs the question, how many of us here if "outed" for what we post here would commit suicide over it?
     

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