Jennifer Mee is best-known as the “Hiccup Girl”, thanks to a 2007 appearance on the today show. However, she’s currently making headlines for a different reason: Jennifer Mee has been charged with first degree murder.
According to TMZ, 19-year-old Jennifer Mee was involved in robbery and murder in Florida over the weekend. “Hiccup Girl” Jennifer Mee apparently lured a 22-year-old man named Shannon Griffin straight into an ambush where two armed men robbed him at gunpoint. Griffin apparently struggled and was shot multiple times, dying at the scene. Jennifer Mee and the two men involved in the murder have already admitted to their involvement, and all three could face the death penalty.
So did the Hiccup Girl’s incessant hiccupping drive her mad, leading to a life of crime and murder? While her nickname might sound like a menacing gangster moniker, it would be rather difficult for her to use that as an excuse for insanity (a mad hiccupping murderer…sounds like someone straight out of Arkham Asylum); according to TMZ, her Jennifer Mee’s hiccup problem, which is responsible for her last fifteen minutes of fame, has gradually faded away and can’t be used as a reason for doing something insane like killing someone for a few bucks.
Jennifer Mee gained notoriety for her machine gun-fire hiccups by appearing on the “Today” show in 2007, where she talked about her strange condition that made her hiccup about 50 times per minute for about 5 weeks before fading away and returning again, causing her to be diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. She used anti-psychotic medication to treat her strange tic, but different neurologist s were at odds over whether or not Tourette’s really was the cause of her hiccups. It’s definitely hard to imagine having hiccups for that long, but now it’s just a shame that the Hiccup Girl can’t be forced to deal with the extremely annoying condition as a form of punishment for her crime.
But if she thought that was a maddening way to spend her days, just wait until the Hiccup Girl experiences life behind bars without the chance at getting a break from it (and if she does ever “catch” the hiccups again, hopefully she’ll suffer like the world record holder for having the longest bout of hiccups; Guinness world record holder Charles Osborne had them for 68 years).