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Brenda Leyland 'different to most Twitter trolls'

Brenda Leyland was "different" to the majority of so-called Twitter "trolls" that use the site as a platform for sending abusive messages, psychologist Dr Arthur Cassidy has said.

The 63-year-old woman, accused of directing abusive posts towards the family of Madeleine McCann, was found dead in a hotel in Leicester on Saturday 4 October.

Dr Cassidy, who specialises in the psychology of social media, explained that her well-educated, middle-class background is unusual for someone sending such messages.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 6 October.

  • 06 Oct 2014
  • From the section UK
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