Meredith Emerson Death Photos: Hustler Magazine Request Denied
A Writer For Hustler Magazine Requested To Access Photos of a Dead Meredith Emerson
Authorities have denied Hustler Magazine's request for access to Meredith Emerson crime scene photos. The adult magazine wanted access to photos of a decaptitated, nude Meredith Emerson, the young woman who was murdered by Gary Michael Hilton while hiking in Georgia.
On February 25, Hustler reporter Fred Rosen asked for the Meredith Emerson photos as part of an open records request filed with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI denied the request, saying that the Georgia Open Records Act prevents such photos from being released.
Georgia politicians were outraged by Hustler's request for Meredith Emerson photos.
"I think that the request is sickening, I think it's disgusting, I think it's vile and it's very hurtful for this family," says Ralston.
House Speaker David Ralston added that the state legislature has long banned the release of autopsy photos, but there is a small loophole regarding crime scene photos. Ralston says the House plans to create the Meredith Emerson Privacy Act to prevent requests for crime scene photos through public disclosure laws.
Fred Rosen, a true-crime writer, says he wanted to see photos and transcripts as a way to better understand the Meredith Emerson case.
"I'm trying to get to the best obtainable version of the truth," he said.
As for whether the photos would ever be published, Rosen said, "It's up to the editor to make that decision."
Emerson was abducted Jan. 1, 2008, while hiking in North Georgia. Gary Michael Hilton beat Emerson to death and cut off her head. He is now serving life in prison and is awaiting trial for the death of a Florida woman.