Stop the madness! This tragic UK nurse-suicide story is getting WAY out of hand. First the prankster DJ’s lost their jobs and they’re being forced to apologize over and over. Their call was in no way malicious. Now the radio station is planning to give the nurse’s family $500,000 as an apology! The world has gone nuts! This nurse did nothing but transfer a call! She is responsible for her OWN death! We don’t know WHAT was in her suicide note, and we have no idea of this woman’s previous mental history which we’re betting is quite colorful. Yet without any of this important information, people are ready to blame everybody BUT the nurse. Get a grip! (Above, the nurse’s family is more than willing to blame someone else.)


Posted by Janet on December 11, 2012

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  1. By georgia
    On December 11, 2012 at

    That nurse didn’t ask those ASSHOLES to call her. I hope the DJs are permanently fired from the air and forced to pay personal damages to the nurse’s family. I know you’re just trying to be provocative, Janet, but this is extremely low, even for you. There might be a day when you get depressed about being a has-been gossip columnist.

  2. By Cal
    On December 11, 2012 at

    Janet I disagree.

    Also I am sick of seeing those aussie dj’s face. I find it disrepectful that they went public, just more publicity and oh yeah ‘all about them’ – boo f**ing hoo. They need to STFU and go away.

    Janet you’re being dispectful to Jacintha’s children.

    This prank should not have been pulled in the first place, leave the royals alone, they do enough publicity as it is. They’ve already lost so much because of previous media intrusion. Was nothing learnt!?

  3. By Bluejay
    On December 11, 2012 at

    Whatever, those Australian djs pushed the nurse over the edge. Everyone at that station has a part in her suicide, and rightly they should pay. The amount will never be enough.

  4. By Hello
    On December 11, 2012 at

    Family should sue station, both djs and royals for killing her.

    I doubt that it is janet writing anything because she is a has been

  5. By Jess
    On December 11, 2012 at

    First your verbal applause for Wendy Williams’ offensive comments about Beyonce’s “5th grade mentality” and now this for the SECOND time in as many days.

    I suppose you think the kids who commit suicide after being humiliated by bullies are entirely to blame for that too.

    YOU get a grip, and stop the defend an asshole a day campaign.

  6. By georgie
    On December 11, 2012 at

    Janet, I’m with you. The emotion and hysteria over this is beyond ridiculous. This is in no way comparable to bullying. She wasn’t bullied or singled out in any way. The hospital has said repeatedly that her job was not in danger and she was not in any trouble.

  7. By xyz
    On December 12, 2012 at


  8. By strom
    On December 12, 2012 at

    I agree and there is still something fishy…I smell an illegal alien or some other problem after attention was called to her.

    RIP and the tragedy should not have happened.

    Glad to see JC calling people out.

    Stop the Enabling and PC!

  9. By MollyJ
    On December 12, 2012 at

    georgie, sure it’s comparable to bullying. Those DJs set out to make fools of people and recorded it so they could broadcast it to the world for laughs, and would have done the same had they been successful in getting through to Kate while she was dreadfully ill.

    The intent was to benefit from humiliating the royal family in some way, not all that different from the photographer who took the long range nude photos of Kate. Clearly the Duchess is being targeted by character challenged low lifes, this time with deadly consequences.

  10. By Linn
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Yes the nurse is ultimately responsible for what she did but the dj’s and radio station are definitely must take some of the blame too. They didn’t ask her permission to play her voice over the radio and she wasn’t informed that she was being recorded. Prank calls can be very humiliating for the victims of them and this one got worldwide attention.

  11. By Lisa
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Janet, have you have become so jaded that you’ve lost your humanity and heart? Ambushing someone and exposing them publicly can be devastating for the target – and here we see the consequences.

    Why would you attack the victim of this cruel, attack? You feel hard and heartless. Maybe it’s time to reconnect to what’s real and reassess your life.

    I hope this incident is a wake-up call and that we stop trying to make fools of unsuspecting people for entertainment. It’s low level behavior and bad karma.

  12. By Seriously?
    On December 12, 2012 at

    For once I completely agree with Janet.

  13. By Denise
    On December 12, 2012 at

    This brings to mind the legal saying “you take your victim as you find him (or in this case her)” Obviously there were other issues with the nurse, but the DJs and their silly prank were the catalyst.

    It’s truly a warning that we should be careful how we treat people. You’ll never know how they’ll react.

  14. By obsvr
    On December 12, 2012 at

    re: “the nurse’s family is more than willing to blame someone else”

    They just lost a wife and mother who’s not even buried yet, and now you’re attacking THEM?

    There’s no need to even critique that. Grasping for straws is a hallmark of desperation, and speaks for itself. I’d quit while behind if I was you.

  15. By Diva
    On December 12, 2012 at

    I agree with Janet on this one. The nurse must have had many other issues before the phone prank. Come on.

  16. By obsvr
    On December 12, 2012 at

    @Diva.. any issues the nurse may have had does not negate the fact that the DJs are media bottom feeders who got caught in their own trap this time. Ding!

  17. By palermo
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Wow Janet, why are you so vigorously defending those creeps? Talk about a complete lack of compassion. Who had a more worthwhile life, the nurse who cared for the sick and dying, or these two losers who made their money by bullying and mocking people?

  18. By Shelby
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Janet, Janet, Janet, I cannot beLIEVE how callous and unfeeling you are by making those statements. What the hell is your problem?? Why do YOU assume the woman was mentally ill to begin with?? Did you know her? No, you did not. As Linn pointed out, she was the victim of a prank that she knew nothing about, and didn’t give her permission to be brodcast. I can see both sides of this; I feel sure the DJs did NOT mean any harm, BUT, the nurse didn’t hang herself for the hell of it, she was pushed over the edge. You are making an ignorant statement that you should be thoroughly ashamed of. None of us know how it must feel to be the victim of a prank like this. This was not a call made locally, it was made from another country and was WORLD NEWS. Do you even understand that, Janet?? Maybe because you’re used to the media, this is no big deal, but most of the world is NOT, so it was a VERY big deal to this innocent woman. You need to think long and hard about the sort of person you’re coming across as. She isn’t pretty. Or the least bit likeable.

  19. By DoTheRightThing
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Look, you do NOT prank a woman with a maternity related medical emergency so severe she requires hospitalization.

    Please think that over, admit you’re wrong, and delete these articles defending the indefensible. Thank you.

  20. By Lyer
    On December 12, 2012 at

    We don’t yet know if she was admonished by the hospital who will never admit it if she was. If she was and had major insecurities, that might have led to her death, far more than the prank.

    I agree it’s bad judgement to disrupt a hospital under any circumstance and it is possible the call itself was a catalyst for suicide. But as Janet points out, we don’t know what was in the suicide note and probably never will. Just like we’ll never know how the hospital responded when they found out.

  21. By Mel
    On December 12, 2012 at

    I don’t think we should be attacking the family. However, this is a very tragic situation. But I am tired of hearing all the blame being put on these DJ’s. The nurse had a family: husband, children and she ends her life over a prank call? I don’t get it. And that’s the point, I think. We don’t know everything and what mental state she was in beforehand. But my opinion is that the public and media should not be blaming this on the DJ’s. Someone who ends his/her life over a prank call has other issues; my opinion.

  22. By georgie
    On December 12, 2012 at

    No I absolutely do NOT equate a prank call with bullying, unless the prank call was from one kid to another, calling them names or something. This was pure silliness, and the person that answered the phone was not even the target of the call, she was purely incidental to the situation. No one cared. Any normal person would have laughed it off. Most people would have enjoyed their 15 minutes from it.

    You guys are usually a pretty tough, thick skinned crowd. Would any of you seriously contemplate suicide if someone calls you at work pretending to be a famous person with a ridiculous accent and asks to be transferred?

  23. By georgie
    On December 12, 2012 at

    I feel very sorry for her and her family. But, as my own mother was a nurse in a VA hospital after Viet Nam, I can tell you that nurses must be very strong people emotionally. If this nurse actually committed suicide over this lame ass prank, I definitely don’t think she was stable enough to be a nurse.

  24. By Patrick
    On December 12, 2012 at

    All Labour Delivery nurses are psycho’s.

  25. By Colin
    On December 12, 2012 at

    What about the Royal Family who use the media to their own ends the entire time. The pregnancy is the latest in the line of PR jobs. Without that this wouldn’t have been a story… and the woman, however fragile, would still be alive.

    Bottom line… bad behaviour from all sides is to blame.

  26. By Common Sense
    On December 12, 2012 at

    I agree with Janet. I thought it was despicable of the radio station to pull a prank like this on the caretakers of a world-famous pregnant mom with a serious medical condition. I didn’t even think the call was funny. BUT, you still can’t blame them for the nurse’s suicide. The one person to blame for suicide is always the person who ultimately decides to commit suicide. She had places to go for support. Think about what you’d do if you were in her place. You’d bawl your eyes out, your friends/family would comfort you, you’d spend a long time feeling like sh-t, you might go into depression, sure… but kill yourself?

  27. By Sarah
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Yup, totally agree Janet, no one knows this woman’s previous mental history and hello! she transferred a call, big deal. Its called “personal responsibility” – stop blaming others when it is one person’s life and she made that decision, NO ONE ELSE did. Get over it, indeed.

  28. By Kevin
    On December 12, 2012 at

    The Radio DJ’s had no business doing what they did in the first place.

    The nurse’s suicide was definitely an extreme reaction.

    Bottom line: The DJ’s played with fire and people got burned.

  29. By Nancy
    On December 12, 2012 at

    I agree with Janet on this one. Suicide as a response to a prank call (and remember, the nurse’s name was never released until after she killed herself) is so over-the-top that common sense tells us she was already suicidal before that call ever took place. I’m sorry for her family’s terrible loss, but these DJ’s did not cause her death. She alone caused her own demise. It was a prank phone call. Not even malicious. They asked how the princess was feeling. We live in a society that is so quick to point fingers everywhere but won’t stop long enough to analyze a situation and use some smarts. That would be like someone cutting you off in traffic and you going home to kill yourself because of it. Oh really? Would that other driver be responsible for your death? No.

  30. By georgie
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Patrick, LOL!

  31. By missyco
    On December 12, 2012 at

    Maybe the woman felt shamed and humiliated and duped. Cultures vary and even though it was meant to be a joke those dj’s will have to spend the rest of their lives knowing that they caused a woman to take her life.

  32. By Diana
    On December 13, 2012 at

    Thank you, Janet, for being a voice of reason. It’s frightening how many stupid people there are on this planet. These morons run around vomiting their emotions and actually believe they’re having thoughts. This woman transferred a call – that’s it – that was her total involvement in this stupid prank. Why do so many people choose stupid and then breed?

  33. By NoSpin
    On December 13, 2012 at

    There seems to be a concerted effort being made here on the part of some to both justify a media person’s ‘right’ to disregard any and all right to privacy for others, and dismiss the nurse’s suicide as collateral damage that can’t be helped. How sad.

    If you heard the radio airing of this prank, the DJs weren’t merely inquiring into the state of Kate’s health. That was a ruse to use the hospital staff and Kate as objects of ridicule for their show.

    The Radio DJs crossed a line to pull this prank, and therefore own the consequences of their highly inappropriate intrusion on Kate’s privacy.

    Grow a conscience, some of you.

  34. By strom
    On December 13, 2012 at

    Oersinal responsibility is a term the PC world cannot stand…..It must be: It Takes A Village all the time and every time!

    There is still something fishy…I smell an illegal alien or some other problem after attention was called to her.

    RIP and the tragedy should not have happened.

    Glad to see JC calling people out.

    Stop the Enabling and PC!

  35. By Hello
    On December 13, 2012 at

    It sounds like murder to me. Really, her neck and wrist? I have heard this method of “suicide”so many times. The nanny in new York, slashed her wrist and neck. The Washington d.c. madam. This Guy that was black mailing Tom cruise. They killed her to make it look like a suicide then write that they were depress or crazy. Really, they looked into her medical records to claim this. How do we know her suicide note was in her handwriting?

  36. By UCLA
    On December 13, 2012 at

    …… matter what!!

  37. By we are the strom
    On December 13, 2012 at

    it was the jewish black lesbian homo liberal rainbow enabling hard core anal morgan freeman halle berry kayne west kArdasaraii lovin island dwelling obama loving pc nappy headed communista conservatives wot did it …. really,

    ok, …. maybe I’m ridiculous

  38. By sandy rose
    On December 14, 2012 at

    $500,000??? Is the hospital joking??? No one is responsible for the nurse’s death – except her. Imagine how many thousands and thousands of people are “shamed” daily – and no one know about it. Her culture is to blame.

  39. By mistechal
    On December 14, 2012 at

    No Missive, You are correct Janet, and shame on those who laughed at the radio broadcast, but now sanctimoniously cry foul.Sick sad losers.You folks want this crap, and when someone gets hurt you cry foul? GIMME a break, quit watching Honey boo boo, Jersey shore, quit putting money into the pockets of exploiters, by turning off your TV, cutting off your cable, teaching your children that this sort of crap is just bullying, reality shows are scripted, but even better, get rid of cable programing, select what you want to see ( I like Amazon, Acorn, and books).
    Like Janet said, there was more going on for this woman than picking up a phone call receiver.

  40. By bridget
    On December 15, 2012 at


  41. By michelle
    On December 17, 2012 at

    I am sick an tired of hearing about this suicide. I feel for her family but it is selfish act and should not have received the attention it has. I live in Australia and to blame 2 DJ who put on the worst impersination of the Queen and Prince Charles, it was not hard to work out it was not the real people. I feel sorry for the DJ’s they were playing a joke. The station they worked for knew about it the nurse only switched through a call not exactly something to terminate your life over. The stigma over this has blamed 2 DJ’s doing their job. Suicide should not be sensationalised it should be condemned.

  42. By strom
    On December 17, 2012 at

    Michelle hit it squarely!

  43. By Florence
    On December 17, 2012 at

    I don’t believe it was the fault of the DJs, Hospital Administration, Hospital Nursing Administration or the nurse herself. I believe it will come to public notice soon that it was the fault of her NURSING colleagues. No one better suited to “mobbing” than nurses. Probably came from Nurse No. 2 (that took the call transferred to her from Jacinta. She probably got a dressing down and then turned on Jacinta like a ferel cat. Hell hath no fury like a nurse reprimanded.
    If it didn’t come from Nurse No. 2 – then it most ceertainly would have come from her Nursing Superiors in Nursing Administration.


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