The cases heard on The People's Court and other TV judge shows sometimes have less to do about money and more about the tawdry implications of the relationships involved. We get the sense that the producers who are scouring small claims court dockets around the country specifically look for the latter to some degree. In a recent episode, a couple in an ongoing dysfunctional relationship had a fight at a science fiction convention, culminating in the defendant tossing an engagement ring out of a hotel room window (she was apparently aiming for the plaintiff). Judge Marilyn Milian ruled that since both parties shared some responsibility for the incident, each should split the $5,000 cost.
After the episode aired, the defendant, Michelle Parker, 33, vanished. Orlando, Fla., police are investigating:
Update: The ex-fiancee is lawyering up according to press reports now that the police have identified him as the prime suspect:
Here's the episode in question of The People's Court , which originally aired on November 17, the same date of her disappearance: