News of the World has been linked to another shocking case of phone hacking—and this might be an even bigger betrayal. Police have informed Sara Payne that she was on a list of people seized from a private investigator employed by NotW, Reuters reports. The twist: The paper’s editor, Rebekah Brooks, is believed to have given Payne the phone in question, according to the Guardian. Brooks calls the allegations "abhorrent," adding in a statement, "the idea of her being targeted is beyond my comprehension."
NotW had a close relationship with Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, was murdered by a pedophile in 2000. The paper campaigned on her behalf for a law forcing pedophiles to disclose their addresses, dubbed “Sarah’s Law.” Payne even wrote a stirring farewell for the paper’s final edition, calling its staff “my good and trusted friends.” Now she’s “absolutely devastated by this news,” says a statement from the charity she founded. “We're all deeply disappointed and are just working to get her through it.” (Read more News of the World stories.)