Jennifer Mee, also referred to as the “hiccup girl,” is in the news again. In 2007, Mee became known as the “hiccup girl” when she garnered national attention due to her chronic hiccuping condition when she hiccuped continuously for five weeks straight. But, in a report on MSNBC, it appears she has made the news again. This time for a very different reason – murder.
Mee has been charged with first degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin. According to MSNBC, Mee met the victim online and through a series of online correspondences, allegedly lured him to the location where he was later found. AOL News reports that Griffin was found Saturday night with multiple gunshot wounds to his body in what appears to be a botched robbery job. Two men, Laron Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newton, 22, have also been arrested and charged with murder.
Mee is definitely not alone in terms of getting in the spotlight, becoming famous and then throwing it away on legal issues. Take, for example, Lindsay Lohan. Lohan was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in drug rehab. But after having served a very short time and then released again, she is again in the news for a probation violation related to drunk driving, according to the Lindsay Lohan Source . She is currently residing at the Betty Ford Center as a result of failed drug tests.
Gary Coleman, who was known everywhere as the tiny child star from the hit 1970s sitcom “Diff’rent Stokes,” had also seen his share of legal woes before his untimely death this past year at the age of 42. After his fame as Arnold Jackson on the sitcom, he found it hard to break free of from that association. As an adult, he suffered many health, legal and financial troubles, and frequent failed suicide attempts. After relocating to Utah in the fall of 2005, MSNBC reports that officers were called out more than 20 times to his residence. He had run-ins with the law for disorderly conduct, a lawsuit filed against him after a fan alleged he struck him with his truck and many domestic violence incidents.
It also appears that most of the stars of this same sitcom. “Diff’rent Strokes,” had their own legal troubles. In more recent news, USMagazine ran a story on Todd Bridges, who played the older brother – Willis Jackson – on the show. In 1989, he was acquitted of attempted murder charges of a drug dealer. The article also mentioned actress Dano Plato, who played the sister, who died at the age of 34 of a drug overdose.
Reaching a celebrity status at a young age seems to open the door to all kinds of trouble if the celebrity loses a sense of self and touch with reality. Fifteen minutes of fame does not make someone immune to legal issues. However, given how Mee acquired her 15 minutes, I think that once this case is out of the mainstream news, Mee will become a memory in the public eye. Something she can contemplate while she is behind bars for her role in the death of Shannon Griffin.
MSNBC – Jennifer Mees
AOL News – Jennifer Mees charged with murder
Tampa Bay News – Three Charged in death of Shannon Griffin
MTV News – Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan Source – Lindsay Lohan
MSNBC – Gary Coleman
Wikipedia – Different Strokes
USMagazine – Todd Bridges
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