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2007-03-01 10:48:59 AM
Is(was) she hot?

/didn't RTFA
 
2007-03-01 10:55:55 AM
I didn't do it.

/not this time...
 
2007-03-01 10:57:17 AM
I think I saw her at a McDonald's in Boise, Idaho
 
2007-03-01 10:57:33 AM
I did it, but I have diplomatic immunity.

/Can't touch me!
 
2007-03-01 10:57:42 AM
Is she hot?

wwwimage.cbsnews.com

No.
 
2007-03-01 10:57:56 AM
well they need something to fill the void now that the Anna and Spears stories are getting stale. it's not like there's a war on or anything. . .


/oh wait there is? news to me
 
2007-03-01 10:58:05 AM
How do you not report your wife missing for 5 days?

/he's guilty
 
2007-03-01 10:58:29 AM
Matthew Felling, media director for The Center for Media and Public Affairs, a Washington-based nonprofit research and educational group, said he has done extensive research on missing white women and the Grant case "has filled out the checklist for media frenzy."
 
2007-03-01 10:58:33 AM
eh, she is semi attractive, so she will be on the news longer then a minority but shorter then a hot white chick
 
2007-03-01 10:58:47 AM
"The most compelling - and compelling is a code word for marketable - missing white women stories share a lot of elements with the Lifetime Movie Network," Felling said.

Quoted for truth.
 
2007-03-01 10:58:55 AM
For Michigan, she is damn hot.
 
2007-03-01 10:59:03 AM
I'll fully admit to the racist/racial implications of this line of thought, but when I first heard about this story last week on a Local (DC) radio station, I automatically assumed that She/The Husband were black (I guess b/c they were in Detroit).

Then today they talked about it, and mentioned that the story was starting to pick up national attention. My first thought this morning was "Oh, nevermind, I guess they were white."
 
2007-03-01 10:59:11 AM
TFA: including those who say they saw Tara Grant in a Florida restaurant or on "Wheel of Fortune."

That's where she went. The waiting sedan took her to appear on "Wheel of Fortune." mm hmm.
 
2007-03-01 10:59:31 AM
From the article:

"The most compelling - and compelling is a code word for marketable - missing white women stories share a lot of elements with the Lifetime Movie Network," Felling said.

Article for the win.
 
2007-03-01 10:59:48 AM
I'll tell you where she's NOT. And thats behind the new wall I put up in my basement this week. Sturdy, well made dry wall. Hides unsightly marks and odors too!
 
2007-03-01 11:00:18 AM
He's guilty. The media is saying he might be, so therefore he is. I believe everything the media reports. Really.
 
2007-03-01 11:00:18 AM
old NEWS!
 
2007-03-01 11:00:19 AM
How do you not report your wife missing for 5 days?

www.webdevbiz.com

Damb it's been nice and quiet!
 
2007-03-01 11:01:11 AM
U8D1EyedSnake: How do you not report your wife missing for 5 days?

/he's guilty



He's quite possibly guilty, but when you're used to your wife commuting to Puerto Rico for 5 days every single week, it's not entirely un-understandable (sorry for the double negative).
 
2007-03-01 11:01:29 AM
She was going on "frequent business trips."

Hmm...jealousy?

Do "frequent business trips" mean something else?

Veiny drifter cack, maybe?
 
2007-03-01 11:01:31 AM
1) Is divorce really that expensive?
2) I can't wait for CNN or Fox to start kidnapping cheerleaders just so they have something "compelling" to report.
 
2007-03-01 11:02:54 AM
OK - he installs spyware on her PC (may or may not be legal in Mich - it is where I live, much to my soon-to-be-ex-wife's dismay) - then refuses to let the authorities at least look at it? Looks bad.

I can't say I could see what could be so intensely private/personal that you wouldn't let them look. Any scrap that you might think unimportant might lead investigators to something that would help. 2 small children definitely deserve any chance to find their mother you can give.
 
2007-03-01 11:02:57 AM
FTFA:
Police have examined e-mails turned over by a woman who identified herself as Stephen Grant's ex-girlfriend that say Grant suspected his wife was having an affair and installed a device on their home computer to track her communications.

Hackel says investigators want access to the computer but don't have Stephen Grant's approval.

Stephen Grant's attorney, David Griem, said his client did not release the home computer because it contains privileged information between the two of them, as well as personal and business documents, and was rarely, if ever, used by Tara Grant.


Give a forensic examiner like myself a week with that computer and Encase, and they'll know. I'm surprised they haven't requested a warrant to gain access to the computer to do forensic discovery. It's not like they have to file charges to do so.
 
2007-03-01 11:03:06 AM
Yes, but she's neither blonde, pregnant, or 18 years old... I give the frenzy 2 days, tops.
 
2007-03-01 11:03:22 AM
GIS shows that Tara Grant is also a female bodybuilder in Alberta. No other pics of the missing white woman, though.
 
2007-03-01 11:03:37 AM
Husband has the crazy eyes.
 
2007-03-01 11:07:28 AM
wwwimage.cbsnews.com

So, the police think the husband, Crazy-eyes Mcgee, did it?

no way
 
2007-03-01 11:07:41 AM
The Homer Tax

He's quite possibly guilty, but when you're used to your wife commuting to Puerto Rico for 5 days every single week, it's not entirely un-understandable (sorry for the double negative).

From the Article:

"Police have examined e-mails turned over by a woman who identified herself as Stephen Grant's ex-girlfriend that say Grant suspected his wife was having an affair and installed a device on their home computer to track her communications.

Hackel says investigators want access to the computer but don't have Stephen Grant's approval."


Sounds like he kept pretty good tabs on her. He doesn't want the police to check those tabs out.

Unless he has clearly self-incriminating evidence on that computer, I can't see why he wouldn't volunteer anything he can to help find his wife.

Tons of child porn, maybe?
 
2007-03-01 11:08:02 AM
RicoX9: I can't say I could see what could be so intensely private/personal that you wouldn't let them look.

Those naked pictures she took before she had kids?

/not that I have those
//much
 
2007-03-01 11:08:54 AM
she looks like that one actress from that one movie about 15 years ago, maybe longer...you know the one
 
2007-03-01 11:09:18 AM
Someone needs to 'shop the "Runaway Bride" crazy-eyes onto that dude.
 
2007-03-01 11:09:27 AM
StoneyBologna

Is she hot?

No.


I'd hit it, if I was in Puerto Rico where nobody knew me.

/This whole story reeks of BS
//I'd still hit it
 
2007-03-01 11:09:51 AM
ZannSu
Yes, but she's neither blonde, pregnant, or 18 years old... I give the frenzy 2 days, tops.

The "runaway bride" was none of these, and she was ugly as sin, and that crap lasted forever.

Maybe if this guy blames the kidnapping on minorities it will last longer.
 
2007-03-01 11:10:16 AM
dun dun dunn
www.hantelparty.de

completely pointless and no relevance to the article.
 
2007-03-01 11:12:26 AM
IAmASmallGoat

Um, EWWWWW.
 
2007-03-01 11:14:17 AM
So what if an upper middle classe white woman disappearing gets more attention than let's say the 24yr old black woman that runs the BK drive through window disappearing?

The upper middle class woman generates much more tax revenue for this country and we need that damn money so we can support 5 or 6 more BK employees who popped out 4 kids before hitting 20 and depends on the government for the well being of those kids.

Finding this lady benefits society much more so the media frenzy is warranted.

/If she isn't found your taxes will go up!
/get to lookin sucker!
 
2007-03-01 11:16:01 AM
noYOUare: That's where she went. The waiting sedan took her to appear on "Wheel of Fortune." mm hmm.

Stupid, Wheel Episodes are taped months in advance.
 
2007-03-01 11:18:09 AM
Woo hoo! I still remember that Runaway Bride Fark thread with all the pics of the "Crazy eyed" things. Man that shiat cracked me up.
 
2007-03-01 11:18:10 AM
I like the Wheel of Fortune tipster.

He lets his wife get into a mystery sedan & never sees her again. That just sounds a little too "I killed her & that's the best story I could think of" to me.
 
2007-03-01 11:18:13 AM
I don't understand what submitter is trying to say.

What does submitter want
(1) equal coverage for non-white, non-female kidnapping victims, or
(2) no media coverage of disappearances at all?????

Scenario 1 would mean almost wall-to-wall missing stories, leaving no room for any other topics. This would lead to desensitization across the board. The story would not reach people with relevant information in time to help the victim.

Scenario 2 would mean willfully ignoring stories that depend on timeliness to avoid tragic outcomes. Naturally if the media is silent, people with relevant information would not be reached in time.

Either scenario leads to more victims. So what does submitter want?

Clearly the lesser of two evils is the current status quo. You cannot broadcast every disappearance, and you cannot ignore them, so you HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE. The choice comes down to reaching the widest audience to do the most good. For whatever reason, the public pays more attention to young, female, white victims. Since happy outcomes depend on reaching the most people, and since the media has limited resources, this is the best way to save the most lives.

I commend the media for not cowering to the ignorant masses and not ignoring these stories as they come up. More white, females if that means more saved lives.

It sounds machiavellian, but it's just common sense.

www.tabloidbaby.com
 
2007-03-01 11:21:46 AM
platypusjones: she looks like that one actress from that one movie about 15 years ago, maybe longer...you know the one

I think she looks a lot like Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"

www.americanphoto.co.jp
 
2007-03-01 11:21:50 AM
please, mr kidnapper man... just kill her so it doesn't stay on the news.
 
2007-03-01 11:22:49 AM
iamasmallgoat,
Wish my abs looked that good.....what is that & why do I find it sorta sad & sexual @ the same time?

& Stephen did it. Got in a sedan in the driveway, yeah right....maybe on his way to dump her body, check the woods @ the end of the street*.

*That's where a Navy Lt. buddy dumped his wife's body last week in VA Beach. Nice guy until he snapped & bashed her head in. In jail no bond. 3 kids. Damn shame when husbands go nuts. Reported her missing too, the day before they found her body. No moon this weekend, ladies arm yourselves.
 
2007-03-01 11:22:56 AM
Subby, it's not "upper middle class." It's hot and/or blonde.

Crazy helps too... as in the case of...

Hibno - The "runaway bride" was none of these, and she was ugly as sin, and that crap lasted forever.

That was because she faked it... and the whole world was aghast to learn that a woman would fake it.
 
2007-03-01 11:24:17 AM
wow... that was really insensitive of me...
/sorry
//hope she gets home safe.
///if she kidnapped herself then I hope she gets murdered. (after she returns)
 
2007-03-01 11:24:24 AM
Did the husband go "fishing" the day she disappeared?
 
2007-03-01 11:27:53 AM
The Homer Tax - I think she looks a lot like Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio...

I would so rip the shirt off her lifeless body and beat her ass till she came back to life and made out with me.
 
2007-03-01 11:30:24 AM
Dr Peterson

(1) equal coverage for non-white, non-female kidnapping victims, or
(2) no media coverage of disappearances at all?????


Rather a broad brush there, no? I don't think this is an either/or situation as you suggest. You can still cover missing person's stories of non-white, poor woman without, as you predict, "wall-to-wall missing stories". It's called discretion.

As for the current status quo, it appears that any and every time an upper-middle class, white, attractive woman goes missing, it is national news.

When was the last time you remember a story of a poor, unattractive, non-white person being national news?

The submitter is pointing out the underlying racism.

As for you "commending the media for not cowering to the ignorant masses and not ingoring these stories" all I can say is that these stories boost ratings which translate into more advertising which translate into more money for the networks. It's greed not bravery.
 
2007-03-01 11:30:52 AM
Dr. Peterson - have you been in my porn collection?

/going to hell
/I'd plow that missing wife, by the way.
/*Handbasket start to speed up*
 
2007-03-01 11:31:42 AM
Dr Peterson: It sounds machiavellian, but it's just common sense.

It's not common sense at all. There is a difference between "Coverage" and "Media Frenzy." It's fine to report on stories, but when it's attractive/rich white women, it turns into a circus. You start getting stories like "Mr. Grant went to 7-11 and got a Big Bite today, he's obviously GUILTY" and shiat like that. That's excessive, unnecessary, and unhelpful.

I really hope you were trolling.
 
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