Claim: Intern for U.S. senator ends embarrassing break-up e-mail to girlfriend.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2003]
From: Kelly Tripplehorn [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 2:11 PM
Subject: you suck
Well, as of this afternoon, I was planning on ruining your career by making phone calls to all of my parents friends and have you blackballed from the workplace as well as every prestigous law school in the country, but then (lucky for you) I decided not to do that because you are a sad sad person and I will just let your life self destruct right before my eyes.
Michele I am sorry, I don’t care how big of sadistic fucked up crush you have on me but people like me simple don’t date people like you. You are too competitive with me and you just simply will never be better than me. I will always have more friends than you just because I don’t care about beating people and lying to get to the top. (You are an absolute hipocrit in everything that you do, I am not going to go into details why you are because that would be a waste of my time and yours but I can assure you if
you were to ever meet yourself you would hate your twin) I have told most all of the staff about our situation now and they already knew you were really messed you. They said when you were talking to them about me, they all told me you had ‘serious issues’ and that every word you said sounded scripted and they knew without a doubt that you were lying. I have noticed that people who you think are your good friends actually really dislike you but unlike me, they will not tell you to your face because they would rather be fake nice to you than be your enemy.
Now talking about how I am obsessed with money, I simply am not. You are. You always are trying to impress me by how much money you have and I don’t care. The difference is though I talk about it but it is never about bragging and it is never directly about money, it is always directly about the conversation. For instance, someone will ask, what are you doing for
Well I am just going to stop writing because you are just absolutely beneath me. I have heard that you try to undermine people all the time that are better than you and everysingle time it does not work because people can see through such shallowness and that is why as I have heard so many times, Most “everyone at UT absolutely hates you.” For instance even the people that you thought were your friends Mellissa Mahaffey or that girl you met at espn, they hate you, they just never say anything. Everyone knows you are a pathetic social climber who will go to any discusting means to move up the ladder. But guess what Michele, you will never move up the ladder because I am at the top and people like me hate people like you. You might be able to trick people like me for maybe a month or so but your true personality
Once again from your intellectual, moral, social, and emotional superior,
Origins: In June 2003 the brutal break-up e-mail quoted above was fired off by Paul Kelly Tripplehorn, Jr., an intern employed in the office of a
Once the intemperate missive hit the Internet at large and assumed the proportions of a cyber-national scandal,
“As soon as it was brought to the attention of our internship coordinator, they had a very frank discussion, and he was dismissed,” Kevin Schweers told us about the late-June incident involving Tripplehorn, a
For his part, Mr. Tripplehorn denied that he had been fired:
Tripplehorn disputed that he was fired and said he’s now interning in the office of a Republican House member he refused to identify. “What I did was wrong,” he told us. “I wrote that letter in under
Unfortunately for Mr. Tripplehorn, the “send” button was the one button he shouldn’t have pushed. His
Last updated: 1 December 2008