Tampa Bay area "Hiccup Girl" explodes across media again in wake of murder arrest
When Jennifer Mee couldn't stop hiccuping, the St. Petersburg teen's initial burst of fame brought trips to New York, a fight between national morning TV shows over interviews and tensions inside her home.
Now Mee's fame has exploded across media again for a much more serious reason; her arrest Sunday night on murder charges.
Search the term "Hiccup Girl" on Google News this morning and you will see more than 500 results, ranging from gossip websites such as Gawker and TMZ to online areas for TIME magazine, The Washington Post, CBS News and CNN International. The Today show, CNN and other TV outlets carried stories of Mee's arrest this morning, and blogs are buzzing with any news connected to her case.
Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly said this afiternoon that Mee's attorney's should consider an insanity defense citing her problems with hiccuping, before realizing that those difficulties were apparently cured years ago. Bay News 9 posted a graphic over a press conference by St. Petersburg police with the headline "Hiccup murder press conference."
This morning, Mee's mother Rachel Robidoux, spoke with area radio personality Todd "MJ" Schnitt, hours after hearing about the arrest of her daughter, who no longer lived with her.
"It was the curse of the hiccups," Robidoux told Schnitt, echoing concerns she voiced back in 2007, when Mee briefly ran away from home amid the pressures of fame and issues at home. Back then, her parents worried about her contact with seeming strangers by cell phone and through MySpace (click here to see a video by the Times on her early notoriety). "Where things went wrong, I don't know," he mother added today. "My life has been shattered into a million pieces."
Though Robidoux insisted her daughter was good natured and harmless, Mee also maintained a MySpace page, accessed recently as Sunday, featuring a gangster-oriented attitude. Titled "Jennifer'b----es" and bearing the phrase "DIVA: female version of a hustla," the page names her location as "St. Pistol" Florida, featuring a few messages and pictures.
One sad question left hanging -- whether all the media attention years ago made life tougher for a teen now making national news for an alleged connection to a grisly crime.