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Originally posted by Valhall
NO! Look to the right of her picture.
Late Friday, she called Mason from a pay phone in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and said two people had abducted her, then retracted her story during questioning by the FBI and police. Albuquerque police said they will not file charges.
Whether authorities would accept an apology is another matter, and Wilbanks may face charges in Georgia.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said he is considering criminal charges.
"I think I'm going to have to wait till all the reports are in," he said. "The real tricky part is I want to look over all the facts to try and determine what her state of mind was so I can select the appropriate charge."
The city of Duluth may also take civil action to recoup about $40,000 to $60,000 from Wilbanks for costs incurred in her hometown's search for her, Police Chief Randy Belcher said at a Monday evening news briefing.
Wilbanks could face a charge of making a false police report -- a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail -- or making false statements to authorities -- a felony that carries a maximum of five years imprisonment.
Duluth police chief Randy Belcher said spoke to Wilbanks when she made her call from New Mexico.
He said he "clearly identified" himself to Wilbanks as the chief of police.
"At this point, she did violate Georgia law by advising me of this situation -- that she was kidnapped," he said.
Possible counts include the false reporting of a crime, which is a misdemeanor, and making false statements, a felony, says Gwinett County (Ga.) District Attorney Daniel Porter.
Online, guys' eyes started rolling. One man predicted Monday that “now it's time for all the psychobabblers to come out of the woodwork to give us a laundry list of ‘issues' and ‘syndromes' to excuse this spineless Cinderella's actions. Maybe all the desperate housewives out there will see her on ‘Oprah' real soon.”
Or on “Today” with Katie Couric or “Prime Time Live” with Diane Sawyer. There is no doubt that the media all-stars were engaged in a feverish bidding war to land an interview with the bride.
But if the groom had bolted from the wedding, would Katie and Oprah and Diane duke it out for the first crack at him? Or would they prefer to land an interview with the “jilted” bride?
“If the man had gone jogging and not returned, I doubt if anyone would have cared,” one male blogger said.
Jennifer Wilbanks hails from a slice of the South where 32-year-old never-married women are either insane, in prison or gay.
But while her mental fitness is currently up for debate, and her sexual orientation has not been road-tested, as her idiot fianc [sic] has made sure to reveal, I'm beginning to believe something far more sinister is afoot in the state of Georgia.
There may be good reason why a pop-eyed femme fatale who's fairly long in the tooth, by Scarlett O'Hara standards, chose to flee from her marriage to a willing bridegroom who may not be the most brilliant buttercup in the bouquet, but nonetheless appears to possess the majority of his teeth.
Perhaps Jennifer and her hubby-not-to-be are far better suited for each other than meets the eye.
New York Post
Days before she disappeared, bolting bride Jennifer Wilbanks lied to her boss that she needed time off to fix her wedding dress, in an apparent effort to cover up plans she was about to flee the state, sources said yesterday.
Wilbanks begged off work April 26 — the day she disappeared — because "she said her crinolines hadn't come in" and she had to deal with it, a supervisor at Heritage OB-GYN in Gainesville told The Post.
Wilbanks, a medical assistant who manned the reception desk and helped the midwives at the baby clinic, asked in advance for the day off, the supervisor said. But there was no issue with the crinoline — the stiff petticoat worn beneath a bridal gown to add shape, said Wilbanks' wedding planner.
"The dress had already been fitted and the crinolines were already sewn in," said Christopher Davidson, who owns Christopher's Tuxedo and Bridal in Gainesville and also planned Wilbanks' now-canceled, 600-guest, April 30 bonanza.
Registration requirement likely.
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks cruelly ditched another fiancé over the phone eight years ago — after the pair had already picked out an engagement ring and went house-hunting, the man's wife has revealed to The Post.
The woman, in describing for the first time the anguish her husband suffered, added that Wilbanks had balked at sleeping with him during the relationship, saying she wanted to remain pure till marriage.
Wilbanks sparked a costly national manhunt when she skipped out on current fiancé John Mason — reportedly after he insisted on remaining chaste until their wedding day.
The prior jilting isn't the only trouble in Wilbanks' past — she was arrested three times for shoplifting, including one bust for taking $1,700 in merchandise from a mall, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.
Originally posted by periwinkle blue
As mentioned in at least one earlier commentary, Jennifer does have multiple shoplifting incidents spanning several years.
At last one of these did come to the $1700 amount cited. I'm stunned that such a theft would have not resulted in incarceration.
This bridal-episode is just the most recent for a troubled lady. I think that we've not heard the last about her. She's young and unlikely to get better.