Deceased Victims of Slander/Libel/Exploitation (1)

18 Mar

Betty FordWas First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and created precedents as a politically active presidential wife. Betty Ford

In WBC eyes, Betty Ford was an adulterer who “loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex.”  WBC – Picket Betty Ford’s Funeral

The extremist church — mostly a collection of Fred Phelps’ extended family and friends — formally won the right to picket funerals in March after an 8-1 Supreme Court decision ruled it is protected by the First Amendment.



Amy WinehouseAn English singer and songwriter known for her deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.

Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.  Amy Winehouse

What does Amy Winehouse, victims of the current famine in the Horn of Africa, Michael Jackson and a rape victim from Libya all have in common? They, among others, are the target for what is becoming a common source of pleasure and entertainment for many, and the opportunity for others to spew forth their own unique brand of virtual psychological and emotional terrorism, and that is, “The Comment”. The Comment by Valmai Owens



Lance Corporal Matthew SnyderLance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, of Westminster, 20, was assigned to Combat Service Support Group-1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in Twentynine Palms, Calif.  Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew

A. Snyder Marine’s Father Sues Church for Cheering Son’s Death

Albert Snyder, a Spring Garden Township man and father of Matthew Snyder, wanted the justices to restore a U.S. District Court s verdict that the Kansas-based church invaded his privacy and defamed his son when it protested Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s 2006 military funeral. Snyder v. Phelps – Westboro



Nicole CatsourasThe Nikki Catsouras photographs controversy concerns the leaking of photographs of Nicole “Nikki” Catsouras (March 4, 1988 – October 31, 2006) who died at the age of 18 in a car crash after losing control of her father’s Porsche 911 Carrera at high speed and colliding with a toll booth in Lake ForestCalifornia.

Photographs of Catsouras’ badly disfigured body were published on the Internet, leading her family to take legal action due to the distress this caused.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2006, 15 minutes after taking her father’s Porsche 911 for a drive without permission, Nikki Catsouras was speeding on State Route 241, near Lake Forest, Calif., when the accident occurred and killed her instantly.

Photos of her decapitated body, still strapped into the car, were taken by highway patrol officers investigating the crash, in accordance with departmental policy. “One of the officers e-mails some of the photographs to a dispatcher and then the dispatcher e-mails them outside the police department,” said Keith Bremer, a lawyer for the Catsouras family. “And then from there, you know, it created a life of its own and created momentum and it just, it just exploded.”

The Catsourases soon began receiving anonymous e-mails and text messages that contained photographs of the accident, including pictures of Nicole. A fake MySpace page was created, which at first looked like a tribute to Catsouras but also showed the horrific photos. Source

Photos are horrible. Why are they still on the internet?



Army Spc. Carrie L. French

Carrie FrenchBOISE, Idaho — A Kansas preacher and gay rights foe whose congregation is protesting military funerals around the country said he’s coming to Idaho tomorrow to picket the memorial for an Idaho National Guard soldier killed in Iraq.

A flier on the Web site of Pastor Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church claims God killed Cpl. Carrie French with an improvised explosive device in retaliation against the United States for a bombing at Phelps’ church six years ago.

Fred Phelps to Protest Soldier’s Funeral


Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Advocacy


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2 responses to “Deceased Victims of Slander/Libel/Exploitation (1)

  1. Cadeflaw

    March 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    YES. We know: Slander/Libel/Exploitation are protected by the “First Amendment” or the Freedom to Speak and Publish.

  2. Sheryl Wilder

    March 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    This is an impressive website. And it’s time to change society’s response to those who slander, libel and exploit all deceased.


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