This is a story about a photo—an image so horrific we can’t print it in NEWSWEEK. The picture shows the lifeless body of an 18-year-old Orange County girl named Nikki Catsouras, who was killed in a devastating car crash on Halloween day in 2006. The accident was so gruesome the coroner wouldn’t allow her parents, Christos and Lesli Catsouras, to identify their daughter’s body. But because of two California Highway Patrol officers, a digital camera and e-mail users’ easy access to the “Forward” button, there are now nine photos of the accident scene, taken just moments after Nikki’s death, circulating virally on the Web. In one, her nearly decapitated head is drooping out the shattered window of her father’s Porsche.
The Web is full of dark images, so perhaps the urge to post these tragic pictures isn’t surprising. But for the Catsouras family, the photos are a daily torment. Just days after Nikki’s death, her father, a local real-estate agent, clicked open an e-mail that appeared to be a property listing. Onto his screen popped his daughter’s bloodied face, captioned with the words “Woohoo Daddy! Hey daddy, I’m still alive.” Nikki’s sisters—Danielle, 18, Christiana, 16, and Kira, 10—have managed to avoid the photos, but live in fear that they’ll happen upon them. And so the Catsourases are spending thousands in legal fees in an attempt to stop strangers from displaying the grisly images—an effort that has transformed Nikki’s death into a case about privacy, cyber-harassment and image control.
Holy shit. That is so upsetting. :(
People need to stop being such assholes.
I remember when this happened. It is vile and horrifying that people would do this.
“Remember when you used to be able to go to the gate and meet people at the gate? That was at the beginning of this decade! And here we are, at the end of this decade! Where some people can’t even take a piss for the entire hour final hour of their flight. The times, they are changing.”—Defamer
Today is my 20 mile run. I was in Michigan last week and did my 18 when it was 25 degrees out. But now there is snow on the ground andbelieve me I will NOT run 20 miles in the snow. That’s why God invented indoor tracks and Bally Fitness guest passes.
Ugh I just wish I didn’t have to listen to the 45 minute sales pitch.
Fuck Bally. They won’t let me work out there because I’m not local. 20 miles in the snow tomorrow!
Now put your trees up. Up with the lights, no ones gonna fight Because it’s almost Christmas Eve Reindeer flyin in the sky, did I see Santa goin’ by? Join the carolers and sing Greensleeves. I’m be up all night, you’ll be up late too Can’t wait to open the presents We’ve been good all year, are those sleigh bells I hear? Happy Holidays to you from Steve!!!
Cuz if you like it then you shoulda put a wreath on it If you like it then you shoulda put a wreath on it Don’t be bad, or you won’t get what you wanted If you like it then you shoulda put a wreath on it
Ho ho ho! Ho ho ho ho ho! Ho ho ho ho! Ho ho ho! Ho ho ho ho ho! Ho ho ho ho!
I decided last night, inspired by Paul F. Tompkins stand-up, that I’m going to find a way to fulfill my current dream of directing the play “Go Ask Alice”, based on the awesomely terrible “real-life” (bullshit) tale of “a normal girl’s descent into a drug-addicted hell”.
I know where I can get a theater space, I know some awesome, funny actors, and I know a theater director who might be able to help me.
I need to remember to buy the play while I’m at my parents’ place so it will arrive when I get home! I wish I could buy it now! I want it now!!
It feels tacky posting a blog about this, but here we go.
My Grandma passed away last night.
She was 90 years old. She had nine children, 19 grandchildren, and a bunch of great grandkids as well but I don’t know how many exactly because in a family this big it’s easy to lose track. She was married to my grandpa for over 60 years. She has been ready to go ever since he died two years ago.
Earlier in the day, she had gone to church. It was a memorial mass for my Grandpa.
I believe that she did not want to spend another Christmas without him, and that this was her time to go. She died peacefully in her chair.
It’s hard to lose a loved one, but to lose them to old age after they have lived such a long and full life is a great comfort.