September 20th, 2010
08:16 PM ET

Woman in acid-attack hoax charged with theft

Prosecutors have charged Bethany Storro, who admitted throwing a corrosive liquid on her own face, with three counts of theft from people or companies acting as good Samaritans, Clark County, Washington, officials said Monday.


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  1. Jerry

    Stupid is what stupidddddddddd does

    September 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo Jo Bean


      September 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AmandaB

    I feel for her, she's mentally ill and needs help. These charges seem too harsh for this young lady.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      What charge would you expect for her? Theft seems pretty easy on her. Does the insanity plea apply in these cases? I've never heard of it other than on TV murder cases.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • denise

      Too harsh, really??? She mutilates herself in order to get attention and then takes money from people who show compassion on her. She should be charged with a lot more--AFTER her psych exam

      September 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Are you kidding? So if they do nothing, then every person who pulls a stunt like this and wastes 10s of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money will just claim mental issues.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sympathy

      @AmandaB I totally agree

      September 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitchell

      "She mutilates herself in order to get attention and then takes money from people who show compassion on her. She should be charged with a lot more–AFTER her psych exam"

      uhhh yeah because normal, sane people do that.
      clearly there is something very wrong with her and it IS too harsh.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudoDave

      AmandaB, you have got to be kidding me. She blamed a group of people who are and have always been an easy target for blame (sometimes with reason). I don't care what her mental state, if it is bad then good she can go get help, but right after she can get a real sentence which I hope means a stint working with inner city kids and getting to know the people she has tried to demonize. TLynn – I agree about the fear factor, but to use terrorism so much weakens the meaning.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      John - exactly how many people are you expecting will throw acid in their own faces - or otherwise mutilate themselves - in order to rip off Good Samaritans? I don't think that compassion shown to this woman will result in a lot of copy cats.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Too harsh? Police are out searching for some imaginary black woman while people are panicked that someone's out on the streets randomly throwing acid at innocent victims. She was wasting resources that could have stopped real crimes. I really do hope she gets the help she needs, but she deserves punishment.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      WOW What do you think she deserves? I mean now a days everyone has some kind of mental issue, problem, or something that needs medication etc.

      They should make her bob for apples stuck at the bottom of a acid barrel

      September 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Yes and no. One of the faults of our justice system is that the police don't have it in their power to force someone to receive mental services. A lot of the people that are in jail are minor offenders with mental illnesses that can't keep themselves out of trouble due to their disabilities. I'm sure that quite a number of them wouldn't have ended up in jail if the police or prosecutors had the ability to force them into a hospital. The main problem with allowing them this authority is the potential for abuse a lack of due process.
      Frankly, if we'd just make mental illness criminal then only criminals would be mentally ill. :-p

      September 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjolina


      September 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      There are always women who are unable to hold another woman accountable for her megative actions but yet want equality for all things positive. Equality is a two way street missy.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoshE

      Thoughts like this are why people are able to commit multiple crimes before someone actually does anything about it. Send her to prison and let her spend 5 – 10 thinking about what she did. She can get therapy in there.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • realtime

      This woman obvisouly needs mental help, as well as criminal charges. I'm surprised she wasn't hit with mischeif for trying to send police on a wild goose chase after a non existant black woman, randomly attacking "pretty girl"s with acid. Just because you're a mental doesnt mean you dont know what's right or wrong. Lock her up in a mental ward.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Are you serious? A little harsh? Did you just want to slap her wrist and tell her not to do it again? People like her deserves a long jail time! She collected lots of money from people and she hurt a lot of people!

      September 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike B.

      You know what was harsh? Accusing a black lady of throwing acid, taking people's donations, wasting everyone's time, that is harsh.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moodie-1

      Lady??? This was no lady!!! Woman maybe, but certainly NOT a lady.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Look at all these people... crying out for blood as usual. Holier than thou, as usual. Well, I for one agree with this poster. I think having her return the money, and given the fact that her face is scarred for life, not to mention that she's been publicly humiliated... well that is punishment enough. She needs help.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potzer

      She should be charged with something but NOT theft. It's not the definition of theft therefore more taxpayer money is lost in this fiasco.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mason Proffitt

    A few years before we met, my wife had acid thrown in her face by a former boyfriend. What this woman has done makes me sick to my stomach.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lovealloryoureanidiot

      I hope your wife is better. I wish I could apologize for the other reply to your post but that guy will get his if he hasnt already. God Bless.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      This lady looks like Freddy Krueger with a wig on. I hope your wife is hotter than that.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AwesomeBob

    Why? Did she destroy her face for the money then?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      No, because she's crazy.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barney

    thats what she gets , tring to get famous the wrong way, now she'll b scared for life ...

    September 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikael

      Not just scared for life–scarred, too 🙂

      September 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Linsey

    This woman clearly has mental issues. No one in their right mind would do this to themselves.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    ...and people think acid attacks just happen in Muslim countries. Ignorance!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Did you even bother to read the headline? I'm not even going to ask about the article.
      What about the headlines on the other articles about this story?
      No? Such a shame.

      September 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • hf74

      What part of H O A X can you not read.
      Also, no-one has ever said acid attacks only happen in other countries, there is one in the USA every few years, it is not covered up.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. aaron p

    I think reality TV has made idiots of most of this country. I'll bet she wanted some sort of notariety in order to be on tv

    September 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat

    That's a person who is better off with psychological help, rather than a jail cell and more problems. There's obviously something very wrong with her in the head. But, in an increasingly police state in a country that jails more people than anyone else in the world, good luck with common sense.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      I think this young lady needs a dose of grow up and face the consequences. If her own parents were unaware of her "mental issues", chances are that they are not PERMANENT mental issues and it is something that is fleeting, such as the feeling of insecurity one gets when they are 1) newly divorced, and 2) newly relocated from out of state. She also has partial hearing loss (unrelated to her self-mutilation). So I imagine she was feeling very insecure right about then and decided to get some attention.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike B.

      Yes, maybe she you can use that donation money she tried to steal to pay for that mental help...

      September 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nick

    What an idiot wow

    September 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jason

    This remind me of the lady that killed her babys and went on TV telling everybody some black man stole her babies dont ask why rasicism still around just look at your history

    September 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason Morgan

    I hope this woman is charged to the full extent of the law. @Mason: sure she is sick, but she defrauded people and she needs to be held responsible.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Needham

    Some people do need serious help with their mental deficiencies.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TT

    Stupid hurts. She deserves every bit of it.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TLynn

    I feel that she should be charged for a hate crime, for targeting a group people, Black. I’ am so sick of people blaming their ignorance on Black people. I feel that if there was a penalty for doing this to any group of people they may think twice. Also it boarder on terrorist conduct, because it creates fear.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
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