Friday, May 25, 2007

She had what was missing?

Meaghan Bosch was born into money, blessed with brains and beauty, outfitted in designer clothes and accessorized with diamonds.

Her tight-knit family vacationed in the Caribbean and Costa Rica, indulged her passion for thoroughbred horses and decorated her bedroom with cascading sheets of golden silk, creating the sanctuary of a princess.

Ms. Bosch, a 21-year-old student at Southern Methodist University, lived a fairytale life without the happy ending. Her decomposing body was discovered last week in the bottom of a portable toilet in Hewitt, a small town about two hours south of Dallas.

From that lede, or perhaps from between the lines, we learn much about young Ms. Bosch. She was the girl who had everything. A North Dallas princess whose parents gave her all the material things anyone would want.

And she ended up blowing coke with a cop-killing ex-con.

The rest of this long backgrounder by Scott Farwell and Jason Trahan is here on the DMN web site.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be anyone. Those of you who partied with Meaghan, wake up and get help, your next.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She seemed like a spoiled brat party girl.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

To the first anonymous, let's hope that you're not an alum or student of SMU, my alma mater. But in any event, "you're" next for remedial grammar lessons.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

To Mike M:
Let's hope that you're not picking on grammar only to make you seem superior, since you obviously didn't even attempt to bring anything relevant to the discussion. The "publish your comment" button should be used when you have something to say, not when you want to play grammar police.

My point:
I'm sorry that she's dead, but if nobody did anything to stop her when they knew she was using, her parents, friends, etc. have no one to blame for her death but themselves.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous lin said...

Deaths because of drugs happen just as much to poor people as they do to rich people. If you don't know her, there was no point to call her a spoiled brat after her death. There's no point to call her that after her death if you DID know her. Her money doesn't even matter. She could have died from drugs whether she was rich or poor. I don't like the newspaper is pointing this out for two reasons: this happens to poor people as much as rich people so it's silly to nearly blame her money... BUT it seems like people don't care if it doesn't happen to people that don't have money. Deaths are still as tragic whether or not people have money.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous lin said...

Prof... just got this in my email...

SMU student, Jordan Mann passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2007. A celebration of life service will be held at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2007.

We don't know any other details yet.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous lucille said...

Dear lord what is wrong with/at that place?

Lin is right. Meaghan's death is sordid and sad, but she could have been anyone. She got the media attention because she was rich, that's all. But her parents doubtless feel as much grief as any of us would feel if she were our child. So, now, do Jordan's. And that's terrible no matter how you slice it.

11:25 PM  
Blogger adjunct whore said...

i'm confused by the level of outrage....people have been dying of drug-related problems, alcohol poisoning, etc. and it's been in the media, at least since the late 60s. it is sad but incredibly commonplace. so my question: what is the source of the outrage? that college kids use drugs? that she was unlucky or stupid enough to use with such a dangerous person? the adults, educators, parents, friends, routinely don't recognize the difference between experimenting and addiction? or is the loss of life for any reason, such a young and i guess they call it "promising" life, that is so upsetting?

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the deaths at SMU this year are extremely sad. I think we sometimes forget that college students are a lot more like kids than they are adults. They feel they are invincible, they are insecure, and they have very little responsibility. As an alumni of SMU, I knew many people did a lot of dangerous and self destructive things while they were students. Oftentimes, drugs and booze were involved in these stupid things. I can also tell you that I still know and keep in touch with many of those people and almost every single one of them is a successful, well adjusted, family oriented person. Unfortunately, these kids won't have the opportunity to look back at their behavior and realize how foolish they were. They also won't get the opportunity to feel their hears skip a beat at the thought that their children might do some of the same things they did or worse.

There are many people out there chastising these poor young people who are no longer with us. I think many of them are also young college students who are dealing with their anger and confusion about life also. I just wish that before labeling these people as "brats" or "rich" or "stupid" or whatever, people would keep in mind that they were human beings with friends, loved ones, and families. Like all of us, they made mistakes. Bigger ones though. Sadly, we will never know what they could have become though.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RICH Brats get what they deserve...god bless ignorant Americans!!!!!

Bush country = Cocaine/Drug country

3:11 PM  
Anonymous lin said...

"RICH Brats get what they deserve..."

You sound like a snobby, ignorant brat, yourself. Does that mean you'll get what you deserve?

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im drunk


6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quote from a friend:
"If one can make it through age 18-25 without dying, they are good to breed ."

Maybe I'm a cold-hearted person...
Being a college kid, I know we're not kids but full grown adults. Perhaps there would be less Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans if this logic worked, but there are pressures to keep these people alive and safe. Let them fall... perhaps a death here or there will make people stop 'experimenting'. If not, no more breeding for them.


7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media chooses what it wants to talk about, Meaghans parents did not BY ANY MEANS ASK for every news station to publish stories about "born into beauty and money... ultimate death". The media makes stories off of money and deaths and drugs - thats that. And anyone who knew Meaghan knew that she was not ANYTHING about money, you would have never known her parents had money. And for the comment who said "if nobody did anything to stop her when they knew she was using, her parents, friends, etc. have no one to blame for her death but themselves"... the media loved to talk about money her parents spent on her clothes - but forgot to mention the amount of money and time her parents and family spent on trying to help her. Nobody deserves a death like hers, and no parents deserve to go through a child's death - ESPECIALLY when they have to deal with the critisism received from INCOMPLETE and untruthful media stories. Anyone who knew Meaghan knew who she really was

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Forrest said...

This is what happens when you prevent your kids too much from being hurt. When the world eventually hurts them, they can't handle it.

What was missing? Challenge, and self-respect.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prevent them from being hurt/challenge them by allowing them to go to college in another state for two years like Meaghan did? Or by allowing them to go to college like Meaghan did? Or by making them work throughout highschool and college like Meaghan did? I believe she was challenged, and her parents prevented her from being hurt to the extent any parent can - while still allowing her to have her freedom.

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