Grace Defends Herself in Interviewee Suicide

Sep 15, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CNN Headline News anchor Nancy Grace defended herself Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” against allegations that her aggressive interview techniques may have contributed to the suicide of one of her guests.

Melinda Duckett of Leesburg, Fla., killed herself Sept. 8, less than 24 hours after a phone interview with Ms. Grace that was used as part of segment on Ms. Duckett’s missing 2-year-old son, Trenton. In the interview, Ms. Grace yelled at Ms. Duckett when she refused to answer questions about her son’s disappearance.

“I did not go after Melinda Duckett,” Ms. Grace said in an interview with ABC’s Chris Cuomo. “Melinda Duckett refused to answer questions.”

Asked whether she felt responsible for Ms. Duckett’s death, Ms. Grace said, “No, I don’t,” adding that her interview followed hours of interrogation by local police of Ms. Duckett, who Ms. Grace said “had attempted suicide in the past.”

Ms. Grace argued that criticizing the interview misses the point, particularly for the boy’s family. “I would suggest their efforts go to finding this baby,” she said.