It seems populist outrage over the leaked photo of Whitney Houston in an open casket has yet to subside with Caroline Whigham disclosing over the weekend that threats against her and her staff have been made holding her and her employees responsible for the leaking of images to the National Enquirer.
Counters Ms Whigham: “We did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that,” the second-generation CEO of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J., said.
“Whitney was a friend,” she continued. “I’m the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coroner’s office. I did everything to protect her.”
Since the photo went live there has been an outpouring over hate mail being sent to her, blaming her for leaked images. Reveals one email sent to her:
“One email said that if the person owned a dog, and the dog died, they would not come to my funeral home,” she said with sadness. “I’m worried about my employees, worried about me. I’ve been in business since 1943. This is my name, my character. Honestly, this is my life’s work. We would never do something like this.”
Over the weekend Cissy Houston announced that she has come to side with Ms Whigham’s accounts of what transpired and has motioned that she will no longer seek to pursue the identity of the leaker, leading some to privately suspect that Cissy Houston has come to know who leaked the photo and more than likely it came from private quarters of family and friends invited to the private viewing for whom the spoils of a large tabloid payout was too much to resist.