Monday, October 15, 2012

Stranger Than Fiction


Something a little different for you guys today. With Halloween right around the corner, I couldn’t help clicking on the link for ‘a creepy story’ when someone mentioned it on another forum.  I’m all about creepy and I was expecting ghosts or goblins. What I found, however, was much more terrifying and tragic: 

‘On August 2, 2011 our 19 year old daughter’s stalker made his presence known to her. He was a stranger stalker, he did his very best to never be seen, and never tried to directly communicate with Morgan. We don’t know how long he had been surveilling her before that date, but from then on all he did was to try his best to terrorize her.

On December 2nd she was found dead. Her death was declared a “mystery” by the investigating officers. Many mistakes were made and her family has been on a path to correct these mistakes.’  - morganingram.com

After her daughter’s death, Toni Ingram began blogging about the episodes that preceded the event. Her story is like something out of a suspense mystery, with surveillance footage revealing a hooded figure, the possibility of untraceable gps trackers, noises and tapping on the windows at all hours of the night and the following inability of the police to find any trace of the stalker, putting Toni and her family's mental health into question. Lurking in every scene is the ominous presence and looming fear of whoever was following Morgan’s every move. But it’s the reality of what this family went through that’s the true source of everyone’s goosebumps. 

Toni’s story brings to light the seriousness of stalking, the trauma it can inflict, and encourages more effective measures to be taken by law professionals. Thanks to her blog, the affair has received international attention and the sheriff’s department is keeping the case open. But several mysteries remain:

Who was stalking Morgan Ingram? And how did she really die? At first, the medico legal doctor declared natural causes. But just how does a healthy 20-year-old girl die of ‘natural causes’? After further prodding from the parents, a toxic amount of Amitriptyline (an anti-stress/depressant) was detected and the doctors then ruled it a suicide. 

But Morgan was never prescribed nor was she ever taking amitriptyline, according to her parents.

Did Morgan really kill herself in an attempt to end the day-to-day terror and paranoia that accompanied her stalking? Or did the stalker somehow manage to administer the drugs the night of December 2nd 2011 and put an end to his victim? I, along with so many others, am praying the family will someday have answers...

Until then, this story unfortunately remains stranger than fiction:(

14 comments:

Sarah said...

That is so strange. I read a news story about this young woman and law enforcement's reluctance to reopen the case. It's so hard to know exactly what happened, which must compound the family's grief with incredible frustration. :(

Dianne K. Salerni said...

This is a chilling and horrifying story. That poor girl and those poor parents!

Natalie Aguirre said...

This is such a scary story. One that makes you not want to let your daughter out of your sight.

SA Larsenッ said...

Hmmm... that is very strange and unnerving. The idea of someone watching just creeps me out. But add in real danger, like this girl obviously encountered, and it climbs to a whole new level of wrong. So sad.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've been doing research on stalking for a new project. It's terrifying stuff. Often, you can't rid of the stalker. They might be caught and put in jail, but they go back to stalking you upon their release.

Hopefully the parents find the answers. Both situations are, unfortunately, very plausible.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is a really sad and scary story.

Old Kitty said...

This is really sad! Awwww poor Morgan and her family. I hope the family find the truth and do justice by Morgan.

Take care
x

Jennifer Hoffine said...

That is so creepy and sad...all too often, true mysteries are harder to piece together than fictional ones.

LD Masterson said...

Fact is always more terrifying than fiction. My heart goes out to that poor girl's family.

Johanna Garth said...

Oh! So very sad!!

Matthew MacNish said...

My god. How terrifying. As a father of young girls, this is the kind of thing that scares me the most. Real boys don't bother me, I can always scare them off, but shadowy figures in the night? No thank you.

D.G. Hudson said...

I fear many parents don't educate their kids and especially girls to be wary of the web. Stalking and harassment seem to be common ways of psychopaths dealing with rejection in the 21st century.

Bullying isn't only in the schools, it's on the web, it's in some workplaces, and in some homes.

We also had a suicide here in the Vancouver area by a 15 yr old girl, harassed online by an older male, possibly a teen, and fellow students. The scum factor seems to be rising.

Angela Ackerman said...

This is so awful. I mean, not even knowing what happened would be terrible.

Connie Keller said...

When I was in college, my roommates and I had a stalker. This was before the anti-stalking laws, and it was terrifying. This "stranger" knew every detail of our lives. I was so thankful when I could move away, and he didn't follow.

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