According to this article from Wired readers of some blogs, not this one, that read the story about Megan Meier have published the names of those responsible for her suicide.
The St. Charles Journal wrote in the story that it decided not to name the woman and the other adult involved in the incident out of concern for the woman’s own teenage daughter. The two adults haven’t been charged with any crime.
But readers of various blogs that posted the story were furious with the paper’s decision. By matching certain details in the article with property records, they found the name and address of a woman who they believe created the Josh Evans persona, and published her details online.
Was the paper right to protect the woman’s identity? Were the bloggers right to publish a name and address that may or may not be correct?
Even though I think the people involved with Megan’s death are scumbags and I hope eventually they are prosecuted and sent away for a long time this is nothing more than a blatant case of vigilantism. I also want to add that I will not post their names here.
Let the law do it’s job people. By publishing their names you’re jeopardizing the chances of justice being served.