Nikki Catsouras photographs controversy
In October of 2006, Nikki Catsouras died in a car accident at age 18 in Lake Forest, California. (Catsouras had been driving her father’s Porsche, before losing control of the vehicle and colliding with a toll booth.) The result of the accident was gruesome enough that Catsouras’ parents were not asked to identify the body, but photographs of the scene were still taken, according to protocol. California Highway Patrol Officers Aaron Reich and Thomas O’Donnell later admitted to leaking said photographs on to the Internet by e-mailing them to friends. Despite the family’s best efforts to remove them, photographs of the horrific Catsouras accident scene remain relatively easy to find on the Internet to this day. As intriguing as that sounds you probably shouldn’t Google them.