On this episode of the Modern Divorce podcast, a growing group of social media sleuths begin forming, drawn in by the mysterious disappearance of a young mother and her baby in Mesa , AZ, after a contentious divorce.
Destinee Mack, who describes herself on Twitter as a wife, mom and random altruist, was the unexpected center of the unexpected band of 12,000 online strangers who came forward offering help to find Baby William. Her Facebook group to "Find Maddie and Baby William" offered information and a place to share theories, stories, and sometimes gossip. She played housemother over the group and intervened occasionally to keep comments from devolving into the ugly.
But her role as an unintended advocate for Baby William was not without a cost to her. She was eventually slapped with a gag order to cease her online activities. A judge thought she was a problem, but she thought it was clear the group was getting closer to the truth.