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    Nikki Catsouras Crime Scene Photos Haunt Deceased Teen's Family

    May 05, 2009

    A tragic event that occurred nearly three years ago continues to disturb a family in Orange County, Calif. Despite every effort, they are unable to move past the tragedy because the Internet will not allow them to reach closure. Actually, the World Wide Web itself is not to blame as much as the morbid and insensitive individuals who hide on its darker side.

    The events surrounding this story began to unfold on October 31, 2006. On that day, 18-year-old Nikki Catsouras (photo here) fatefully grabbed the keys to her father's Porsche 911 Carrera and walked out the front door of her parents' home. Nikki had been forbidden to drive the sports car, and her judgment on that day will forever remain in question.

    As a child, Nikki was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Tests showed the growth to be benign; however, she still had to endure radiation treatment which, doctors warned, could cause her to have difficulty with impulse control - issues which may have contributed to the cocaine-induced psychosis that she suffered in 2005. Despite her hospital stay after that incident, Nikki again experimented with cocaine in October 2006. In response, her parents scheduled an appointment with a brain disorder specialist. Unfortunately, Nikki never made the appointment.

    It will never be known whether the accident was the result of teen disobedience or a lack of judgment caused by her brain disorder. Regardless of the reason, Nikki got behind the wheel of her father's car and backed it out of the family's garage. Nikki's mother, Lesli Catsouras, heard the commotion outside and ran out, only to see her daughter speeding down the road. Lesli immediately phoned her husband, Christos, who called 911. During the call, the dispatcher informed him that a black Porsche had been involved in an accident on the 241 toll road in Lake Forest. Christos' heart immediately sank to the pit of his stomach.


    According to police, Nikki was traveling at approximately 100 mph when she lost control of the car. She hit a Honda driven by a lone man before tumbling over the median and slamming into a concrete toll booth. The accident was so severe that Nikki was nearly decapitated upon impact (those photos will not be shown here). Her remains were in such a horrific state that the coroner would not allow her family to view her body.







    The driver of the Honda was transferred to a hospital with minor injuries. He seeks to recover damages in a pending lawsuit against the Catsouras family.


    As tragic as Nikki's death was, it was only the beginning of a long road of suffering that her family would have to endure.











    In the weeks that followed the accident, Christos received an e-mail that he assumed was related to his real estate business. However, when he opened it, he was confronted by a gruesome crime scene photo of his daughter and a caption that read, "Whoohoo Daddy! Hey Daddy, I'm still alive."

    That e-mail set the stage for a wave of harassment which has targeted each member of Nikki's family. In addition, one particularly sick individual took the time to set up a fake MySpace page in Nikki's name in order to poke fun at her death. Within the comment section, one visitor wrote, "What a waste of a Porsche," while another comment read, "That spoiled rich girl deserved it."

    The release of the nine crime scene photos was traced to two California Highway Patrol dispatchers - Thomas O'Donnell, 39, and Aaron Reich, 30. In response, the CHP sent a letter of apology to the family and suspended O'Donnell for 25 days without pay. According to newsweek.com, Reich quit his job for unrelated reasons.

    The crime scene photos have since gone viral and can be found on thousands of Web sites. Despite the family's best efforts, they have been unable to have them removed from the Internet. With little remaining recourse, they filed a lawsuit against the CHP for negligence, privacy invasion and infliction of emotional harm.

    In March 2008, the Catsouras' case was dismissed by a superior court judge who ruled that rights of privacy do not extend to the dead. The court response to the family's appeal is expected on June 1.

    In the wake of the case's recent media coverage, Russian cyber criminals attempted to exploit the situation by registering a domain name to distribute malware under the disguise of a "video" of the crime scene. According to trendmicro.com, the site in question has been optimized to appear as the first result in Internet searches for "Nikki Catsouras." The malware contains several variants of worms and viruses. Perhaps the site is actually doing the family a favor by luring those who wish to view the video. After doing so, they will surf away with a PC full of computer viruses.

    Meanwhile, Nikki's parents and siblings have all enrolled in therapy so that they might eventually be able to come to terms with the situation or at least begin travelling the road to closure.

    Morbid curiosity is one thing, but to turn Nikki Catsouras' death into a twisted Internet phenomenon is another. The incredible cruelty that the Catsouras family has suffered as a result of this chain of events is inexcusable. The individuals who are responsible should be charged with harassment. Their lack of empathy leaves me utterly speechless.

    Photo Credits: California Highway Patrol

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    I've seen the crime pictures online, that actually show this girl's body... Absolutely trust me, when I say DO NOT LOOK AT THEM.

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    I agree, I wish I never looked at them. Horrific doesn't begin to describe the pictures. It was a long time ago that I saw them, and I'm not easily disturbed, but they were bad, and I cannot believe that someone emailed them to her father, I think I read that people in school were showing them to her little sister.

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    If you are looking for the explicit photos, beware of the video. Rumor has it that it will install nasties on your computer.
    "But I am very poorly today & very stupid & I hate everybody & everything." -- Charles Darwin

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    A teeny part of me wants to see these photos. The only thing stopping me is the threat of malware. I'm a bad person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Lane View Post
    A teeny part of me wants to see these photos. The only thing stopping me is the threat of malware. I'm a bad person.

    Be aware of brain matter... Lots of it.

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    Just not in the skull anymore. Essentially, her head was between the car and the tollbooth at the moment of impact.
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    What Twitchy said...

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    At least she (presumably) died a quick death.

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    I went to go look at them..I'm bad I know.

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    of course the first thing i did after reading the article is to search for the pictures. morbid curiosity. and yeah, it's gruesome. don't do it unless you've got a strong threshold for grossness.
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    I just looked at them and I couldn't even tell what I was looking at.

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    I cannot wrap my mind around what kind of twisted fuck would send these to her parents and siblings and essentially consistently harass them...its just beyond words. What makes people so fucked up? I'm not for taking photos off the internet, I don't like any forms of censorship for that matter. But who the hell would do something so mean-spirited as to harass her family in their time of grief? Its mind-boggling.

    Actually I guess I am a bit desensitized to crime scene photos because of my course of studies, it wasn't as bad as I anticipated, unless you have a weakness for seeing seeing blood and brain matter. To be honest, you can't tell exactly what you are looking at because her head is caved in - but she obviously went quickly. I hope those photos prevent someone out there from speeding, but I doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southernbelle View Post
    I just looked at them and I couldn't even tell what I was looking at.
    yeah i had to look at them for a while to figure out exactly what it was. and i'm still not entirely sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    If you are looking for the explicit photos, beware of the video. Rumor has it that it will install nasties on your computer.
    I remember seeing the video a few years ago and it played in a standard player without malware. I looked for the video again last year, and it required me to download some obscure video codec which of course was malware. The trojan it installs is a fucking bitch to get rid of.

    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Lane View Post
    A teeny part of me wants to see these photos. The only thing stopping me is the threat of malware. I'm a bad person.
    The photos can be found pretty much anywhere, but the most sites that have the video require you to download a codec. Stay the fuck away. Like I said above, the trojan it installs is a bitch to rid of. You can actually find most photos by doing an image google search of, "nikki catsouras car crash photos."

    In most articles about this girls death, it says something along the lines of, "Catsouras died as a result of a head injury.".......YA THINK?!?!

    After being a 'regular' at Ogrish and rotten for a while, these photos didn't bother me at all.
    My father is a tow truck driver and has seen similar/worse things.
    When he was working in Ontario, a rig was in a head-on collision with a smaller convertible (a corvette I think). They had to scrape the 'vettes drivers remains from the grill of the rig
    One more recent was my father having to tow a truck where the guy offed himself and wasn't found for 2 or 3 days. The thing is the cops hadn't cleaned the car yet (it was technically evidence and had to be towed 'as is' to the police Ident bay), and my father had to reach into the driver's seat to release something so he could connect to tow arm. My dogs nearly attacked him when he came home (smelt like death)

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    I hope the poor fools that have do the cleanup are paid well. Recession proof job.

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