I don't know if they for sure found that the nurse who transferred the call (not the one who spilled information) had killed herself, just that she was found dead.
While I feel the hoax was in poor taste (I HATE HATE HATE fake phone calls. They aren't funny.), it did highlight a very serious flaw in the royal security.
If the nurse did end up killing herself (again, she was NOT the nurse who spilled the information), she was already very very depressed and probably already considering suicide. It is tragic, but not directly the fault of the DJs, as they couldn't have known.
I mean, they are *******s. But they aren't murderers.
And no, they're not murderers, and you can't predict every outcome of your actions, but I would think that unless they were completely stupid, they would have at least realized that the nurse who gave them the information, and possibly the nurse who took the call, could have very likely lost their jobs. I know they say they didn't expect to get through ... I'm sure that's probably true. So then knowing that they did, the appropriate action at that point would have been NOT to broadcast the call. They could have simply chosen to not expose a public figure's medical information to the world, but the temptation proved too great.
Not very nice, and possibly actionable.
And I'm sorry but none of us have the right to state that she was already "very very depressed"...we can all conjecture but that does not make it fact. If what her family are saying is true about her beliefs and culture then feeling shame very well could be the only reason she took her life.
I also don't believe the DJ's are murderers, they could never have foreseen this happening but I am sick of people being deliberately cruel to others in the name of entertainment. Kate was ill in hospital, so a person would have to be exceptionally moronic to think it was acceptable to take advantage of a situation like that. I had hyperemesis gravidarum when I was pregnant, my pregnancy only lasted 19-weeks and it was awful. I couldn't eat or drink because I was constantly sick, I lost weight, had fainting spells and was very ill. It's not a condition to make fun of. I truly empathise with Kate, and am disgusted these people even contemplated hoaxing anybody in that situation.
It takes a certain personality to commit suicide. Typically it requires them to be very depressed or perhaps a deep sense of shame; I spoke in absolutes when I intended just a broad stroke. Obviously, I can't know what was going on in her head.
The DJs are terrible people. I hate sensationalized media, and I hate this celebrity mongering that is so popular. I completely agree that the DJs should have known better; they should take whatever punishment goes their way. Ultimately, they would have never done it, if it wasn't such a popular form of "entertainment".
But the people who are saying they "have blood on their hands" (this is not from this thread) are being ridiculous.
I work with a lot of Indian people, and perhaps this is stereotyping on my part, but they really really take their work personally. They are very afraid of failure in any way. They put much more pressure on themselves than any other group I have worked with.
...as a Broadcaster/Announcer, with some 30 plus years behind the mike, I will only say that I've always thought these "prank" calls were lame and ill-advised...but they are not killers-in no way could they have foretold that their idiotic attempt to be humorous and topical would lead to someone taking their life....they recused themselves, and have now lost their jobs...harsh punishment, but given the tragedy-not unexpected...
Atom - I couldn't agree more with what you are saying.
Todash - I almost agree with you but I think the DJ's were live. I think they probably would have feared for their jobs if they were on air and they were suddenly like, "Oops, we didn't actually think we'd get through, we were just joking!!" And then hung up. The lady who killed herself still would have put them through so it doesn't really matter.
Everyone - Am I the only one who doesn't think the DJ's were in the wrong? I'm sure all kinds of press was calling to find out how Kate was. Should we judge them less harshly if they are from NPR than from a radio shock show? I don't think so. I feel like they've had to suffer a whole lot for simply doing their job. They just happened to do it better than others and in a not so professional way. It wasn't their responsibility to screen their own calls.
People have to take responsibility for their own actions.