HAUPPAUGE, NY – A New York woman has been charged with aggravated harassment after channeling Craigslist Lotharios to the mother of a schoolmate who the suspect said bullied her daughter.
Margery Tannenbaum is accused of placing a “looking for sex” ad on the online classifieds service, and when men responded, giving them the other woman’s phone number. When questioned by police, Tannenbaum said the other mother’s 9-year-old daughter had bullied her 9-year-old daughter.
Tannenbaum, a licensed psychotherapist and social worker, faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
What did psycho-moms do in the days before the World Wide Web? Well, in Texas, they had their brothers-in-law hire hit men, as in the case of Wanda Holloway, who in 1991 wanted her 13-year-old daughter’s cheerleading rival out of the way even if that meant murdering the girl’s mother.
Today things are so much more convenient, thanks to the Internet. Last year, Missouri mother Lori Drew stalked and eventually convinced her daughter’s 13-year-old rival, Megan Meier, to commit suicide by “friending” her on MySpace in the guise of a teenage boy. Drew now faces up to three years in prison when she’s sentenced May 18 for “cyber-bullying” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.