Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, is offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the hackers that released personal information on the users of the Ashley Madison website. More devastating than the release of their credit card information is the deep shame that some people are feeling–some for merely fantasizing. At least three people have taken their own lives as a result of this shame. Two people in Canada, and one Seminary Professor and Pastor in New Orleans are now dead as a result of this hack.
CNN interviewed the family of the late Pastor, John Gibson. Christi, Gibson’s wife, recounts coming home and things just didn’t seem quite right. That’s when she came across her husband’s body. She then had to do the unthinkable, and contact her children to inform them that their father had taken his own life.
What we know about him is that he poured his life into other people, and he offered grace and mercy and forgiveness to everyone else, but somehow he couldn’t extend that to himself.
His family and friends would forgive him, but he would not forgive himself.
What was the point of these hackers doing this? How did this information dump better anyone’s life? Did they not think that some people would be devastated to the point of suicide? Was that what they were hoping for in part? This is beyond the release of personal information. Are these people guilty of being an accessory to murder? Involuntary manslaughter?
Watch the devastation that they have inflicted on this family, and many others:
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