Publicity mounts in 12-step rape case
A story in the February 20 edition of People is the latest in a salvo of publicity in the 21-year old rape case that began at a University of Virginia fraternity house. As first publicly detailed in the Hook, the case erupted January 4 after police arrested the alleged attacker, William Beebe of Los Vegas. Last year, as part of his "12-step" recovery program, Beebe, a recovering alcoholic, had contacted Connecticut-based Liz Seccuro to apologize for the incident. In an emails between accuser and accused, Beebe confessed to raping Seccuro. Now facing life in prison, but free on $30,000 bond, Beebe is claiming his innocence. People readers get pretty much the same story the other media have reported, with the addition of glossy color photos of Seccuro, including a shot of her hugging her husband, Michael.