This is definitely not the first time this has happened. The one I remembered was some poor woman from East Kilbride who looked even less like Maxine Carr. This Times article doesn’t have a photograph, but I remember seeing this in Reporting Scotland. It was just one of those moments where you lose all faith in the human race, right up there with “kill paedophils” [sic] / paediatricians lynch mobs.
Two instances of this would be bad enough, but while I was searching the internet to make sure that I didn’t just dream of that East Kilbride one, I found three others! Why is that then? Another one notch to mark under ‘tabloids + people = stupid”.
This article asks why people come down so hard on Maxine Carr (and non-Maxine Carrs as it happens) when she was “jailed for conspiring to pervert the course of justice with her ex-fiancÃ©, Soham killer Ian Huntley – an offence far more minor than the killings themselves.”