mark kelley

mark kelley

The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

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A year after her death, most people remember Amanda Todd from her YouTube video, holding up hand-written pages describing how one mistake in front of a webcam led to her torment by bullies at school and online. But beyond that viral video, the fifth estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B.C. teenager driven to suicide in October 2012 -- not just bullying, but the deliberate sexual extortion of a 15-year-old girl by online predators. Host Mark Kelley goes deep into Amanda's world, with never-before-seen videos and web chats from two personal laptops that her family shared with the fifth estate. With in-depth interviews from her mother, father and friends, Kelley reveals the untold story of The Sextortion of Amanda Todd. It's a story that could happen to almost any teenager on the Internet. They call themselves 'cappers' - a new breed of cyber-predators who systematically stalk websites looking for girls on webcams, flatter them into performing sexual acts, then capture their images. Some use those images to blackmail their victims, in a fast-growing online crime that goes far beyond Amanda Todd. The fifth estate has the story of a Kingston woman who faced similar blackmail from a man who had also terrorized 63 girls in Canada and the UK. She survived, and her tormentor was eventually caught and sentenced to prison. The fifth estate investigation reveals at least five occasions in the two years leading up the Amanda's death when police were notified by her family or school about the blackmail attempts. Kelley asks - could RCMP have done more to protect Amanda when her family reported her repeated sexual extortion?