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Nancy Grace Reminds Us She’s A Vile Human By Breaking Missing Boy News To Father On Live TV

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nancy-graceOn Tuesday night, Nancy Grace had the father of an 11-year-old boy who had been missing for a week on her show. Being the monster robot that she is, she breaks the news to Charles Bothuell IV that his son has been found – in his own basement – live on television. Because that’s appropriate.

You have to see this to believe it:

The whole thing is admittedly odd – that the FBI, police, cadaver dogs and family had all searched the basement but were unable to find the boy. But that doesn’t excuse this strange ambush that Grace seems to think is a-ok. The very look on her face and the fact that she displays absolutely zero sympathy for a man whose child has been missing for over a week is dumbfounding. Her on-air demeanor is basically convicting this father – who we have absolutely zero information about at present – with some kind of wrongdoing. Does anyone else feel this way or am I just reading this whole thing wrong?

From The Independent:

He said the last time he had seen his son was at his home, which had been searched several times with cadaver dogs.

A visibly shocked Bothuell said: “I searched my basement, my wife searched my basement, the FBI searched my basement, the Detroit Police searched my basement… I’ve been down there several times”.

“For anybody to imply that I somehow knew that my son was in the basement, it’s absurd and it’s wrong.”

The FBI administered a lie detector test that proved inconclusive. The detectives said the boy appeared happy to see officers and indicated that he was hungry but fine.

“It’s almost like a Saturday Night Live sketch,” said Al Roker, discussing Nancy Grace’s segment on The Today Show Thursday. “How is it that Nancy Grace gets notified before the parents and holds that until [the segment airs]?”

Yeah, how does that even happen? Why would she be notified before the parents? This entire thing makes absolutely no sense. The only thing I am certain about, is that Grace handled this whole thing with zero journalistic integrity.

(photo: YouTube)

73 Comments

  1. Eve Vawter

    June 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    this is 50 shades of inappropriate on so many levels

  2. keelhaulrose

    June 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Are you freaking kidding me?
    If someone opened their segment with me saying “your missing child had been found in your basement” my first words would be “are they okay?” and the second “fuck you, Nancy” as I ran out to go see my kid.

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    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

      fuck off

    • Chelsea DeLoney

      June 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you! I’d be like “take me to my son”!!!!

  3. jo

    June 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    So an 11 year old boy was missing for a week and the whole time he was in the basement???

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      If he was there the whole time then the police and FBI have some ‘splainin’ to do.

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Step mom refused a lie detector, which sets off my spidey sense. They brought dogs in. My guess is kiddo was somewhere else and someone thought “Shit is getting real, I’ll just put him back where I found him”.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Yeah. That or he was a runaway and came back home. Would explain why he was hungry when the officers got to him. Thought, “I’ll just hide in the basement and pretend I was here the whole time”, maybe?

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      That was my first guess until I read step mom refused the lie detector. Inconclusive isn’t that uncommon (according to my police officer friends, we’ve discussed lie detectors before) but the refusal to take one? That usually redflags the cops. And if the cops searched the basement before I’m unclear on how he would be “found” in the basement? None of it’s adding up. I’ll be keeping an eye out for additional info.

    • SunnyD847

      June 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Yeah, I really can’t believe they’d “overlook” the kid in the basement. No way he was there all along.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      No idea either. Those are the only two scenarios I can think of that makes sense.

    • cabecb

      June 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Honestly, I won’t take a lie detector test because I don’t trust them.

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      They are 50/50 but should a cop ask refusing makes them wonder what you are hiding

    • cabecb

      June 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      I understand that would like I am hiding something but until they become more reliable I will not take one.

    • Spongeworthy

      June 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      It is weird, isn’t it? I can maybe, MAYBE see cops missing him the first time, but the dogs too?

  4. Dixie

    June 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    To call Nancy Grace a douchebag would be insulting to douchebags.

  5. middleofnowheremom

    June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I hate, I mean LOATHE, DETEST, DESPISE, Nancy Grace.

  6. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Nancy, you leveled up on despicableness! Go you?

  7. wispy

    June 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    The whole thing was so confusing. Why the hell did she know before him?? She looked like a rabid dog when she told him his son had been found. Beyond inappropriate and uncomfortable to watch.

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      My first thought was “the cops didn’t call him first? His wife didn’t call him?” and maybe Nancy could have put everyone on TV time out. It still would have been riveting if she had said “we ended the interview because his son was found”

    • wispy

      June 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Yeah really. What gives Nancy Grace the right to have that information before him?

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      She’s a total beast. But after I walked off camera and after I hugged the shit out of my kid I’d be chewing the cops ass wondering why a reporter knew before me.

    • SunnyD847

      June 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      She says “we’re getting reports that your son has been found.” What if they’d been wrong?! There are always crazy stories going around. She even says they were “trying to confirm” the story. WTF? Whynwouldndrop an unconfirmed report on the father of a missing child?

    • wispy

      June 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      She’s a moron. I cringe to think that I used to watch her years ago. I think it was just to get a laugh when she would look into America’s eyes and whisper “Goodnight Friend.”

    • Maria Guido

      June 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      The whole thing is terrible.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I dread to think if the child had been dead…would she be as smug.
      What if the report was WRONG?

    • Samantha Escobar

      June 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      She’s an abysmal human.

  8. Shannon Nutt

    June 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Forget about Nancy for a minute and watch the Dad…that’s one of the most staged reactions I’ve ever seen…so either Nancy told him before hand and asked him to react on TV or Dad knew his kid was there all the time.

    • SunnyD847

      June 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I didn’t think it looked staged. He looked flabbergasted. It was surreal to watch, I can’t imagine how it felt to have that dropped on him on live TV. And I don’t believe they told him before hand. Did you see that cat in the cream pot smile on her face? She was positively gloating about being able to tell him on camera.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      I know. I hate how we’re so quick to try to read into people’s reactions. You don’t know how you’ll react to a traumatic situation until you’re in it, and how you react in one traumatic situation doesn’t even guarantee you’ll act the same in another one…

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I used to laugh in books when it described how people “felt their heart break” until I got the news that my best friend had died.

      And then I knew what they meant. I went crazy, started trashing chairs outside a cafe, screaming and crying.

      If someone had told me I could react to a death like that, I WOULD have laughed, cos that’s not me! I’ve had a LOT of friends die, two in front of me, as a young kid, so it never bothered me, hearing about deaths until I heard about my best friend dying.

      I agree completely what you say- you CANNOT say how you would react unless you’re in that situation.

    • jendra_berri

      June 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Yes, exactly.
      Also, how many people know what it’s like to feel the following: Have your 12-year-old son go missing for 11 days and then find out on live TV that he’s been found in your house, alive, and then be pressed to answer questions about it.
      No one knows what that’s like, except him. It’s a unique experience.
      You can only imagine your reaction until you’re in the situation, yourself. Then you have your real reaction which may be nothing like what you thought it would be.
      I showed the clip to my husband and he’s like, “That would be me.” And maybe he’d react like that and maybe he wouldn’t, but unless it’s shown this man had anything to do with it, reading negatively into his reaction is bullshit. But then everyone’s an armchair detective in times like this.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

      You’re absolutely right, and armchair detective is definitely the best way to describe it!
      NO ONE knows what their reaction would be in a situation unless they are in it.
      One of my best friends was always very anti-abortion, very strongly so, to the point where we would argue because I am pro-choice.
      She was sadly raped by three men when she was 17 and ended up pregnant.

      She got an abortion.
      I asked her had her view changed on it and she told me yes, because she would not have been able to love that child, because all she’d see when she looked at it would be the men who violated her.

      And yet when she had the courage to tell people why she did it, she’d get people telling her not to blame the baby, how do you know unless you had the child, you’re a bitch for not giving the child a chance.

      BUT if she had had the child and ended up harming it or giving it up, she’d STILL be blamed!

      You can NEVER know someone’s situation!

    • bgear

      June 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      His react looks genuine to me…he has no idea what is going on, he was just blind-slided on national TV. Looks like someone who is in shock and is trying to process what was going on.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Looks genuine to me.
      It looks to me a combination of hope, relief and him trying to hold it in that his CHILD has been found safe.

  9. Rachel Sea

    June 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    She has never had a moment of journalistic integrity in her whole career.

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      The fact that she was an attorney and she behaves this way…frightening.

    • Rachel Sea

      June 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      That actually makes total sense. A lot of lawyers are the worst shysters (and I say this as someone whose beloved grandfather was a lawyer, and whose wife is pre-law).

    • JenH1986

      June 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      True. I work for attorneys…and “shockingly” they have integrity (after 12 years I’d have notice something, I hope) but I would think former prosecutors would have SOME integrity since their cases could be thrown out. How low was she willing to for a conviction?

  10. Obladi Oblada

    June 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t really watch Nancy Grace so I can’t really give an opinion on her, but that was a seriously low class move. As for the Dad, I would have blown that popsicle stand so fast that her shellacked helmet hair would have blown right off her head.

  11. KaeTay

    June 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    do you know what this reminds me of.. the joan benet ramsey case. Daughter went missing and where did they find her body..? The basement.. yet the parents have been completely cleared of all involvement.

    Luckily for him.. the child was alive.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      One child was found murdered in the basement, one child was found alive in a basement after being missing, and they remind you of each other? I don’t really get the connection.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      June 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      But there’s a basement involved!

    • Kendra

      June 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      AND a child. You forgot about how there’s a child.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      June 26, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Oh yeah! I just forgot about that part because one was found alive and well and the other one was, you know, raped and strangled.

    • Spongeworthy

      June 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      So totes the same, is what you’re telling me.

    • Anna

      June 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      BASEMENTS ARE SO DANGEROUS! WON’T ANYONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

    • Spongeworthy

      June 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Well then at least we know this didn’t happen at the Alamo.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Let me tell you, I have found lots of kids in basements. Granted, the basement was my grandparents and the kids were my cousins and we were all playing hide n go seek, but still–I’m just grateful we were all alive.

    • CMJ

      June 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      KAETAY-SPLAINING

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      This and the Vegan one are pretty extreme. At least most of the time they make sense, you know? I may not agree, but I can follow the logic. These two I can’t at all.

    • KaeTay

      June 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      you guys really need to learn to quit being such huge dicks. It doesn’t make you look good, it doesn’t make you look educated it just makes you look hateful. Nor does it help a conversation.

      Here are the similarities.. two children missing, the house searched, child found in the basements and parents being blames as the culprits. Just because one isn’t dead doesn’t mean there aren’t strange similarities.

      It reminds me of how the parents were treated.

    • Gangle

      June 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

      You have to admit though… you come up with some pretty insane stuff on a regular basis.

  12. Samantha Escobar

    June 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    She’s a fucking garbage human.

  13. whiteroses

    June 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Is she even a journalist?

  14. Lackadaisical

    June 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I do not believe for a second that the authorities would tell her first. Either she had someone watching the place for developments who saw them bring him out and phoned it in while the authorities were making sure he was fine and establishing what happened before calling the family or she has someone on the take who slipped the show the information quickly. The police must be furious that she broke the news to him on air.

    • Chelsea DeLoney

      June 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Someone knew. There was cereal and soda down there plus he wasn’t hidden well. Here’s a recent article I read: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/06/stepmother_of_charlie_bothuell.html

    • Lackadaisical

      June 27, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Bits of that sound odd but no matter what the police thought I still don’t believe that a police officer acting in an official capacity would have released the information to her before the family. I also realise that the family concealing him there is a possibility, but that isn’t the question she repeats constantly. She oddly phrases it as whether he bothered to look in the basement, which seems daft and doesn’t get any info out of the dad. Personally I assume that with investigators with dogs either he was hidden elsewhere in the search and moved back in by someone in the house or he ran away and then snuck back in. Regardless the television interview is atrocious

    • Chelsea DeLoney

      June 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Yeah, I think someone knew he was down there the whole time and snuck him back in after the search. Just saw the interview today and I’m really disgusted by her. Honestly, I’ve never liked her.

  15. guest

    June 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Look at her face, she doesn’t have an ounce of compassion or any idea of that what she is doing is wrong. If I was him I would have called her a heartless bitch and walked off the show.

  16. jendra_berri

    June 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I love watching Forensic Files, except for those effing Nancy Grace commericials for her show about the scary world and the bravery of waking up in the morning (Wtf?) and all her shit. I hate her voice.
    Just watched the clip. Holy shit, what a terrible human being. Cut the interview short, tell him off camera, give him a phone to call home. That guy is stunned, like having a total brain explosion, at a loss for words. And she keeps hammering about the basement and so he’s talking about the basement, and every time you see him reach or try to form a sentence about anything else, like calling home, she cuts him off.
    He looked torn between running off to get more information and staying to get more information, all the while processing everything.
    And can’t a 12-year-old just sneak back into a basement? I mean, is it certain that he was there the whole time? This whole thing is whacko.

    • bgear

      June 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Exactly!! Everyone’s assuming he was there the whole time. He could have snuck in and out of the house! duh….

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Well I can verify that at 15 I snuck (sneaked??) in and out of my house on a regular basis and my parents never noticed.
      Usually in the middle of the night for an hour or so, they NEVER noticed.
      It CAN be done, particularly if the parents are out going door to door.

  17. Tinyfaeri

    June 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    At least the kid’s alive and well! Nancy Grace is an idiot.

  18. Amy Philpot-Kirkwood

    June 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Nancy called him out on his ridiculous bs story. Read the reports now, he was set up in some creepy hidden room, barricaded with fresh chicken and gatorade … He’s staying with his biological mom … And guess who he HASN’T called? Good, old dad. Looks like Nancy was right … Once again …

    • SunnyD847

      June 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Even if it turns out that the dad was involved, she had no way of knowing that at the time so telling him on-air was wrong. The story I read said the police are not allowing the dad and step-mom to see the boy, not that the dad hasn’t tried. Also, the police said they don’t believe the boy was there all along (but that could be to cover their own asses because they look like complete effing morons if he was.)

    • Lackadaisical

      June 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      If she is right then her interview could damage the case against the father by giving him all sorts of reasons to cast doubts on how the police have handled an investigation against him and somehow implicate the authorities in leaking the story to her, even if it is by botching keeping it quietly rather than telling her. Whether he is guilty or innocent that is not the way to handle it.

  19. Elisa

    June 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t even care what she’s talking about, I just always want to punch Nancy Grace in her smug little muppet face.

  20. gothicgaelicgirl

    June 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

    There’s a special place in hell for cunts like her.
    The look on her face says it all.
    The delight she gets from that father’s pain and surprise is sickening, absolutely sickening.

    What a heartless shallow hurtful witch!

  21. Amanda

    June 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    All I can think is what a giant c*nt. “Sir… Did you check your basement?” WHAT.

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