I’m not exactly sure when my disdain for Nancy Grace started. If I had to hazard a guess I would say it was when the Melinda Duckett incident happened. For those who may not remember, back in 2006 a child by the name of Trenton Duckett went missing. His mother, Melinda, was thought to be a person of interest in his disappearance but no arrest had been made before she appeared on Nancy Grace’s Show. Grace relentlessly hammered at Melinda Duckett asking her where Trenton was. Melinda Duckett broke down on-screen and committed suicide the next day. To this day Trenton has not been found. Grace was sued by Melinda Duckett’s family and the lawsuit was settled back in 2010, but not after Grace sued to keep her deposition in the lawsuit private. I personally thought that Grace should have been charged with interfering in an investigation but my legal knowledge is limited in that aspect.
I guess my distaste for her increased while she was pummeling the American public with her incessant coverage of the Casey Anthony story. To be honest I was even posting about Casey Anthony since there was a MySpace angle to the story at the time, but once psychics and Nancy Grace got involved I stopped. At the time it seemed like I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Grace droning on about the ‘Tot Mom’. Grace basically took the most negligent woman to ever dare call herself a mother and made her a celebrity.
A few years after the Casey Anthony story broke it became personal between Nancy Grace and myself. In 2008 she appeared on an online call-in show that predated today’s livestreams. I called into the show because I wanted to bring attention to the story of 5-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez from Massachusetts, who disappeared after a weekend with his father. The story received little media attention outside of their local area so I asked Ms. Grace if she would consider it for her show. She asked me for as much information as I could provide and said that she would look into it. While talking to her I felt like I was selling my soul to the devil but I thought it was worth it if it could get national media attention for Giovanni. Giovanni was never featured on her show. Outside of a brief mention on America’s Most Wanted, Giovanni never received any national media attention. One could argue that it may have been because Giovanni didn’t fit the description of Grace’s usual subjects, white, blonde, and female. Much like Trenton Duckett, Giovanni Gonzalez has yet to be found.
Fast forward to 2013 when I was contacted by a producer for the Nancy Grace Show. He asked me if I’d ever consider joining the show to talk about various cases. Even though I think she is everything wrong with crime journalism, not that I’m a journalist by any stretch of the imagination, I had full intentions of selling out if they responded to my acceptance. They never did. I had no delusions of them ever hiring me although if they did I wonder if I would have stayed for the money or would I have eventually ‘dropped the mic’ so to speak.
Now it’s being reported that she’s finally leaving her show at HLN. She’s been quoted as saying…
“I will continue my fight for justice across a variety of traditional and new media, where victims’ voices can reach an entirely engaged audience.”
If I had to hazard a guess, it sounds like she’s going to attempt some kind of online project whether it be through social media or some form of video. If that’s the case it could be the biggest disaster since Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s Vault. The internet has a long memory and a low tolerance for bullshit artists. If her next project is to be online it is doomed to be a short one and we’ll all be better for it.