- The Washington Times - Monday, December 30, 2002

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) In the days after his stepdaughter's murder, Tim Remsburg funneled his fury into phone calls to anyone he thought might help explain her death.
"At 2 o'clock in the morning, I was trying to get President Clinton's number. I couldn't sleep. I just wanted to rattle everyone's cages and get some answers," he said.
His stepdaughter, Amy Boyer, was 20 when she was fatally shot Oct. 15, 1999, by a former high school classmate, Liam Youens, who had paid an Internet information broker to track her down.
In the three years since the murder, her parents have fought to protect other potential victims, most recently by suing the broker for negligence and invasion of privacy.
Miss Boyer and Youens graduated from Nashua High School in 1997. Though her family says she never knew him, Youens had an obsession with Miss Boyer that went back to junior high.
The infatuation was chronicled on a Web site where Youens described his murder plot in gruesome detail.
Youens paid Docusearch Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., about $150 to get Miss Boyer's Social Security number and other information, including her work address.
A few weeks later, Youens pulled alongside Miss Boyer's car after she left her job at a dental office and shot her 11 times before killing himself.
Miss Boyer's family wondered why no one who saw Youens' Web site told the police or Miss Boyer and why his family didn't see the arsenal of guns he kept in his room.
Since Miss Boyer's death, the Remsburgs have appeared on news programs around the country. They've urged parents to plug their children's names into Internet search engines to flush out stalkers. They've testified before Congress to support laws on Internet privacy.
The Remsburgs filed a federal lawsuit against Docusearch in April 2000. The case is on hold while the state Supreme Court clears up several legal questions.
The Remsburgs argue that Docusearch should have notified Miss Boyer that Youens was requesting the information and ensured he had a legitimate reason.
But a Docusearch lawyer said the company has such a duty only if it knew the sale would significantly increase the risk of a violent attack. In this case, Youens already knew Miss Boyer's home address and didn't need her work address to kill her, attorney Andrew Schulman said at a hearing last month.

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