A few months ago a dear friend of mine, Tricia Griffith, owner of Tricia's True Crime Radio and Websleuths.com co/owner, had her life turned upside down by her business partner and co/owner of Websleuths.com, Susan Pruitt.
Tricia's name was dragged through the mud on her own website as she was accused of fraud and embezzlement. I've known this woman for 17 years...she is a wonderful human being and would give anyone needing it, her very last dime...I've seen her kindness and have experienced it first hand and I am beyond thrilled to see her getting closer to justice and redemption!
I've seen lie written about Tricia Griffith for years, usually by banned admins and members of Websleuths. Their life is so pathetic and useless they lost their minds when they were banned and resorted to opening blogs (anonymously, of course), to slander her. Some gave her physical address and in one very scary instance, people showed up there in the middle of the night. She's had her image from talk shows manipulated and ridiculed for no other reason than to feel better about themselves. Pathetic, lonely losers who could never possibly know what it's like to be a contributing member of society.
Tricia has worked with Marc Klaas for many years in his organization, I've seen the hours Tricia has volunteered her time to it, yet most people have no idea. She has a radio show dedicated to finding justice for victims of crime...and although we don't always agree on the controversial cases, I respect her opinion and know it comes from a truly good heart.
Throughout this malicious process Tricia has held her head high and has taken the high road. She was hurt beyond words that people she trusted, her own admins, turned against her on the word of someone they'd only known a fraction of the time they knew her. I saw first hand how easily they were manipulated, and how quick they were to turn against Tricia in order to stay in favor of the person they mistakenly believed had more power and money and would come out on top. OOPS!! Karma is a bitch ladies and gentlemen...one gentleman to be precise. I'm glad I will be a witness to theirs in my lifetime.
I hope those who fell for the vicious maligning of Tricia are ashamed of themselves. Thank goodness vicious gossip and self-serving hyperbole are not admissible in a court of law. I've had people that I KNOW do not know Tricia talk smack about her to me because of what they've read or heard on other websites or from her own admins and I am amazed that they would repeat vicious rumors as if they were true...but I see it happen every day with crime nuts who watch Nancy Grace - they thrive on the negative gossip, they have no time for meting out the truth, some are in it just to see someone else's misery and loss, and if they can contribute to it, even better.
Websleuths is a forum that was built to find justice for victims of crime. Irony at its finest.
The original lawsuit follows the Counter-Petition