Skip to comments.Did Radio DJs Kill Kate Middleton’s Nurse?
Posted on 12/07/2012 1:17:56 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Once upon a time I was an aspiring media professional. My very first foray into the business was as summer newspaper intern with The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Near the end of my internship, I was given an assignment that haunts me to this very day.
I was told to go out to a Cleveland suburb where a shooter was reportedly spraying bullets in a residential neighborhood.
When I arrived at scene, police had cordoned off the block where the shooter a troubled 17 year-old kid was holed up in his house. After what seemed like hours, but probably were more like minutes, a SWAT team stormed the house.
I expected an exchange of gunfire, but there was none. Then paramedics were summoned to the house, where they removed the lifeless body of the kid, who, it turned out, had turned the gun on himself.
It shook me to my very core. Not the least because the deceased was only two years younger than I was.
But as I learned in J-school, I had to get to story; I had to interview witnesses.
So I approached the young mans family, which had huddled behind the police cordon, along with neighbors that had been evacuated.
They were near hysterical. But, still, I asked them if they had anything to say to the newspaper.
They looked right through me. And I didnt blame them. Because I intruded upon them at a time when they should have been left alone with their grief.
I was reminded of that experience when heard the tragic story of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who worked at King Edward VII Hospital in London, where expected mum Kate Middleton was treated this week.
Jacintha was so traumatized by a hoax played on her by two oh-so-clever Australian radio jocks who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles calling for Kate that she killed herself yesterday.
My heart breaks for the deceased nurse and her family.
The tragedy confirms to me what I have learned during a media career of more than two decades: Many of those who work in print, digital, radio and television are closer to the prince of this world than to Christ.
Their God-lessness informs their approach to mass communication. If they can put something in print, or over the airwaves, that creates buzz, that attracts readers or listeners or viewers, theyre good to go with it.
Even if it causes a poor nurse so much despair, she finds her life no longer worth living.
Why does modern western civ think its “cool” to be mean to perfectly innocent individuals in the name of humor? Its sick.
This is ridiculous. The nurse obviously had other mental issues. No sane person would commit suicide over a prank. It wasn’t even that embarrassing a prank. Have we become so weak that a little bit of embarrassment makes us go off the deep end.
And now you are a blogger.
A tragic tale of dashed dreams and failure.
My condolences, sir.
No. Just like the bully suicides, the person that did the killing is the suicide NOT the people around them. They might have done something annoying and stupid and embarrassing for her, but plenty of people get annoyed and embarrassed without killing themselves. It’s like blaming the gun for the crime.
“The nurse obviously had other mental issues.”
Yet she was still working. Still a mother to her children. They pushed her over the edge with their stupid prank. What if a “prank” causes someone to have a heart attack. They are off the air now.
Very bad, misleading headline.
NO they didn’t kill her.
She took her own life.
Your Headline is tantamount to saying the gun killed the victim.
Granted, they may have (in her mind) ‘shamed’ her and I would imagine her peers were pretty harsh on her, but, if the original reports are correct, she did herself in.
Other than the loss of life etc the other ‘tragedy’ here is that we will now be cascaded with 9 months (give or take) nonstop reports and updates on every hangnail and headache Mz Middleton experiences.
Wrong. She was a private person made to look silly to the entire world within a few hours. This isn’t like an office prank or a prank among buddies ... this could be an enromous burden to a shy, sensitive person.
They should fire those DJ’s. I read that they were a little embarrassed by their prank at first until it went viral and then were just oh so enthralled with their wit.
It sure would happen here in the States with our HIPPA laws.
I heartily agree, dinoparty. Media should not ambush innocent people. In 1995, Jenny Jones invited a guy by the name of Jonathan Schmitz on her talk show to meet his secret admirer, leading Schmitz to believe it was a woman. It turned out his admirer was a gay guy named Scott Amedure. Schmitz was so distraught at being humiliated on national TV, he bought a shotgun, went to Amedures home and killed him. Jenny Jones claimed no responsibility.
This “Howard Stern” culture in the West is disgusting. Sick, stupid pranks & jokes passed off as “fun”.
Her job was over. Her life was over. She was about to be nothing more than a punchline to a joke all over the UK. You can bet there would have been more to it than that, if she were an immigrant she might be one of the few harrassed and expelled for embarrassing the royal family.
I think you are right. Not only was she made to look silly but I can imagine she got a chewing out from her employer, which would have added to her burden. I’m sure in her world people are not as cruel as those idiots who fooled her.
Those DJ’s are loving this attention I bet.
People should consider that before they engage in 'harmless pranks'.
That certainly turned ugly.
Such a pity.
“Jacintha was a first-class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us” over the last four years, he said.
“Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much-loved and valued colleague.”
He said the hospital, a favourite of the royals for years, had been trying to help Saldanha “through this very difficult time” after the call had sparked intense media coverage.
No mention of her employer “chewing her out” at all. Where did you get that information?
No, she killed herself.
This is the same as the agy guy whose roomate filmed him making out with a guy, put it on the internet, then the gay guy jumped to his death.
-The gay guy jumped to his death-
Bull. First, she fails to do her job properly of ensuring client privacy, then she kills herself to save the embarrassment. By blaming others for her personal failure, you are justifying her suicide.
We are seeing it as citizens in a constitutional republic. She a subject in a monarchy. She probably felt great shame to be a party to the pranking of a royal highness. Here, we were raised with all men are created equal; there, she was likely raised to adore the royalty.
As a different example, look at how the people of Thailand are devoted to their beloved king. If this prank had happened there, I could see the same thing happening.
I outgrew the “morons in the morning” theme decades ago.
Nobody alive on this planet can tell with certainty what were the true reasons for the suicide.
By blaming others for her personal failure [...]
If a prankster tricks you to enter a cage with hungry lions, will you be content to blame yourself for being unable to fend them off? Maybe it's your fault that you don't carry bear spray on a daily basis?
If another prankster calls you pretending to be a doctor and says that your only child had a car accident and died a moment ago, will you blame yourself for the heart attack that follows?
If yet another prankster SWATs your house and the police shoots you, will you blame yourself for ... for what?
There are certain things that sane, moral people just don't do. This was a mean prank.
“The suicide in the movie Dead Poets Society, however, made no sense because a character who clearly WAS sane shot himself because his father wouldn’t let him be in a play. The character was NOT distraught and took time to decide to kill himself, meaning he was not impulsive.”
It was more than that...he had been under the thumb of his father his whole life, and he had finally found what *he* wanted to do (go into theater). His father told him that, no, he was going to fulfill his father’s wishes and become a doctor...basically shoved his own will down his son’s throat. So I’d say there was a whole miasma of issues going on in the kid’s head...”distraught” isn’t always obvious.
“Did Radio DJs Kill Kate Middletons Nurse? “
No. It was either global warming or Bush. She isn’t responsible for her own actions. Everyone else is.
Please. The average Brit doesn’t bow and scrape to royalty. A couple of years ago, some shock jock radio station asked a caller (a soldier) whether he would shag the queen, he replied ‘yes, but only if she wore the crown’.
Even in George III’s time cartoonists like James Gilray and the Cruikshanks were crudely portraying the Royals as fat, oafish buffoons and using scatalogical humour to back their point up.
I just can’t see being so despondent over a prank call that you commit suicide.
If her mental state was so fragile, something else would have been her breaking point, even if the prank hadn’t happened.
Such a tragedy.
Agreed. Some people can’t handle being dragged through the muck and targeted by the msm. After watching Princess Di spin out of control, I’m not so sure the palace gray suits didn’t pay her a visit.
I know someone who was innocent but after a year of nothing progressing on the criminal case and the msm spreading lies, he ended his life. The rabid msm still couldn’t let it go and posted his obit with his arrest picture. They are disgusting scum. They wouldn’t issue an apology even after many, many people demanded they do so.
No these DJs did not kill her or contribute to her death.
It was a harmless prank and no one was harmed and no critical information about the royals was released to the public.
The question is whether someone in the hospital or British security or wherever jumped down this woman’s throat for this minor incident and made a mountain out of a molehill. They know who they are and they are more to blame than anybody.
Whatever. This will have a chilling affect on pranks like this.
How damn silly did she look? She passed a phone call on from someone claiming to be the queen, how dare her! It wasn't that big of a deal.
I think this poor girl had other issues. It could be the way they look up to royalty on that side of the pond, but even with that, it not as if she passed on a call from the KING! Now how embarrassing would that be?
She is supposed to recognize the queens voice over the phone?
It wasn't like the real queen was calling and she wouldn't let the call through, or worse got rude with the real queen.
Big deal, so some woman that married a prince gets an unwanted phone call. This is considered embarrassing the royal family? Hey
Kennedy uhh,royal family, use your cell phones!
I feel for this poor nurse and her family, but she had to have some other issues.
No, but I would blame myself if I carried BEAR spray into a cage full of LIONS. :^)
respectfully you are 100% wrong.
look up the principle of “eggshell skull” in the law.
it DOES NOT MATTER that she had mental issues. that is the law.
THEY CAUSED THE TRIGGER. They are liable.
There is 100% foreseeability in a negative consequence. Somebody would be fired, somebody will have a black mark on their career. The fact she was ill is of no matter.
(think having someone fake arrested and the victim having a heart attack.)
You take your victim, and the ensuring consequences, as you find them.
They killed her. period.
This is like yelling fire in a croweded theater as a joke.
I hope they and their radio station are criminally and civily sued.
I agree but I doubt anything happens but a ratings boost
This is exactly like those cases where a kid is bullied and commits suicide.
They riuned her job, made her the laughingstock of the UK, she probably could not live with being hated by everyone.
the DJ’s are liable. Her issues are irrelevant.
duty - breach - causation - damage
The dj’s failed all prongs under the case law.
guilty mind and guilty act
that is crystal clear here under the case law.
Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns 2Day FM station says that DJ Mel Greig and Michael Christian are deeply saddened by the news of Jacintha Saldanhas death and are taking themselves off the air until further notice. Read on for their full statement!
DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydneys 2Day FM station, who claimed to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a prank call to Kate Middletons hospital room on December 4, have released a statement after Jacintha Saldanha, the mother of two who transferred the call, was found dead on Dec. 6.
Thank you, beandog. For a woman to kill herself over a silly phoney phone call is beyond the pale. She must have had serious issues prior - or her family beat her up so badly over her mistake that she decided to punish them.
The disc jockeys pulled a silly prank. I laughed at their bad imitations of the Queen and Prince Charles. Charles was making jokes about it before this suicide.
Did the hospital make her life a misery afterwards? Foolish, foolish girl!
the person who video taped in that case was found guilty.
the cyber bullies who targetted a classmate to suicide were convicted.
Don’t be so stupid. She was a grown woman - not a little girl. Who says she was “hated by everyone”? Prince Charles made jokes about it.
I heard the original phone call. That she fell for the ridiculously bad imitations of the Queen and Prince Charles does not speak well for her. I pity her suicide but it was completely unnecessary.
I know that they were, but they are not responsible for anyone’s suicide.
Only the person who commits suicide is respnisbile for suicide.
Her age is immaterial. Yes, she was the national butt of jokes. She was going to lose her job for giving out information. She was a national joke and about to be unemployed too because of that call.
It was totally malicious.
Where the hell do you get off saying “her life was over”? Maybe you think Brits still live under the thumb of royalty and worry about getting beheaded or drawn and quartered but I assure you that most Brits do not.
I’m angry at this girl’s suicide. Where were her family and friends? Where were her co-workers? She obviously had issues and now two prankster dj’s will have to live with this. Bah! Humbug!
the says otherwise.
(see also “fighting words”)
oops “the law says otherwise”
I suppose you are appalled by all the pranks Steve Allen pulled on “The Tonight Show”? Did “Candid Camera” offend your politically-correct sensibilities?
She was a foolish young girl who could have quickly lived down this embarrassment. Poor, silly girl.
As far as I know, the person convicted in the case of the gay guy jumping to his own death wa snot convicted of murder or suicide, nor should he have been as he did neither.
Certainly he should not have filmed his roomate and then posted those films, but his roomate’s decision to take his own life was exactly that, his decision.
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