Manhattan Party Hardy: The Unfortunate Case of Nicole John

Nicole John, the 17 year old daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Eric John, died on August 27, 2010, in a fall from a high rise Manhattan apartment. She had graduated from the International School Bangkok and was to begin studies at Parsons The New School for Design this fall.

The NY Daily News said her blog "portrayed a tormented party girl keen on vodka and Xanax". The blog also showed her affinity for Red Bull and vodka, an "energy-boosting combination".

Prior to her fall she had been drinking for some hours at a Manhattan nightclub, using a fake ID to gain admission. A Facebook message she posted at 2:42 a.m. confirmed her voluntary intoxication. Later, after 4 a.m., at a party, she slipped off her shoes, took her camera, and stepped out onto the ledge of the 25th floor apartment.

Police theorize that she was going to take a photograph, lost her footing and fell. Her body was found on a third floor overhang of the building.

The 25 year old, real estate broker, host of the apartment party was charged with two misdemeanors relating to providing alcohol to a minor, most likely Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The nightclub spokesman said that the teen's ID was checked before she was allowed inside. A source close to the club said "The technology can be so good that people are developing ways to sneak into places every day... There are some fake Ids that are uncatchable".

Condolences to the family.