News Corp's Hacking Intrusions Raise Questions About Media Overreach - Yahoo! NewsThe latest troubles for Murdoch's media empire began with the alleged 2002 intrusion into the voice mail system of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler. If news coverage of Dowler's sensational murder seemed too thorough, it may have been because the tabloid's reporters were listening to her phone messages after she had been killed.
British police believe that News of the World reporters deleted the murdered 13 year old's messages when the voice mailbox became full. That illegal phone activity led Dowler's parents to have false hopes that their child was still alive.