on the Jennifer Wilbanks case

The thing that strikes me about Jennifer Wilbanks is how profoundly ordinary she is. Christian woman; divorced parents; Duluth; medical assistant; wears ponchos in the winter (see the last photo in the series); runner; planning a wedding; has a couple close friends and a wide sprinkling of people who think well of her. There are probably thousands of women very much like her scattered around Atlanta in the suburbs, not all cut from the exact same mold — some are more creative, some prefer basketball to running, some had kids sooner, some went through wilder phases in high school or college, some are shyer, some are more conservative or more liberal — but similar in background and sunny temperament. Ordinary’s not so bad.

So if all had gone according to plan, the most media coverage Jennifer Wilbanks would have received would have been a small piece in the AJC and possibly a larger piece in the Gwinnett Daily Post on her wedding, which sounds like it was an enormous pain to plan (14 bridesmaids! 600 guests!). Instead she’s the subject of a huge investigation and national media attention, simply because of the very not-ordinary circumstances of her disappearing.

Our resident crimeblogger is on the case. All the rest of us can do is speculate and hope things get back to ordinary again soon.

65 Comments so far

  1. Calvin (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2005 @ 12:32 pm

    This woman does have a problem, that is easy to see. The media has shown that. The media has overcasted the instance, I agree. What she did was wrong, she will face the consequences. It’s not for the public to decide what they are though. The state of prosecution will decide their justice, and the embarassment of the friends and family will also persecute. Being from the rich does not give the privelage to do as you want to please yourself, nor does being from the poor. Problems she had before are now multiplied by her actions. People are made on earth to make mistakes. She’s made a mistake, she is a person. She will face her consequences. It’s not the decision of just one person to decide her fate, but a group of so called “Professionals” to decide. They are “Professionals” because individuals, such as yourselves, accepted them to be knowledgable in thier course of study. So here’s the real deal. Media plays too much on an individuals mistake. The judicial system will make their call on her punishment, And she will have to deal with it all. People’s mental state shouldn’t be played with. Help the ones that need help. Don’t help destroy them. Help in correcting them.

  2. L K Tucker (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 2:56 am

    In all the psycho-babble there has been no mention of the psychiatric problem that describes what happened, dissociative fugue.

    If she is a victim she can tell us about her activities in the weeks before the episode.

    When I spoke with the cold case officer about the same problem causing the disappearance of Mary Shotwell Little he remembered that the Atlanta Police Department had problems with the phenomenon explored on my site. The Police Department had to switch to cubicles.

    Wilbanks would not have had Cubicle Level Protection in a doctor’s office.

    If this was Wilbanks’ problem it will shed light on sudden unexplained college student disappearances. Amy Bradley, Maura Murray, Suzanne Lyall, and Michael Negrete are all still missing. Murray had a similar story of confabulation at the time she disappeared. She told several stories about why she had to get leave from school, UMass, and work.

    Wilbanks false stories are called confabulations if she was a fugue victim. No one stepped forward to claim they were the couple on the bus. It was all probably confabulation.

  3. mischa (unregistered) on June 10th, 2005 @ 7:02 pm

    I live near Duluth… don’t feel sorry for this little town. The police department are rabid about giving speeding tickets & using speed traps… they can probably make the money that they spent on looking for JW in one day.

  4. james (unregistered) on June 15th, 2005 @ 8:09 pm

    I just found out that the runaway bride had a singing career as “SKYE MASON” in the local Atlanta band Superchick and Goodpussy.Her picture is still in the Creative Loafing archives for July 29, 2000.She is definitely a publicity hound.I even think she might moonlight as a photographer so she could take her own “spread” photos.

  5. Provis (unregistered) on June 16th, 2005 @ 8:50 am

    Has anyone seen her in person? Does she have a nice body? Can’t tell but the bug eyes are sort of creepy.

  6. Frank (unregistered) on June 17th, 2005 @ 5:29 pm

    I can NOT believe how many IDIOTS some apparently as big or bigger than Ole Bug Eyed Wilbanks there are in this blog!! Namely so far the list consists of Nancy, JoJO, Mudnani, Steve, Jim, David, Jules, Doug Williamson, “Normal” (FAR FROM IT), Mike, Chris, Dave & the biggest one Ashley. Apart from them defending this moronic Quack, their justification for her actions and reasons for defending her are UNBELIEVEABLE!!!! Especially Ashley (must be a close relative!! They both share the same amount of brain cells).

    Now this white trash piece of work is going to make money off this by either doing a book or movie deal??? The law should step in and prevent her from making ANY MONEY OFF THIS STORY!!! Especially since her Family ( NOT HER) paid such a small pittance of what was spent to find her sorry ass, not to mention the PERSONAL Time strangers gave freely because they thought she was REALLY in need. What do they get in return?? Made out to be laughing stocks for volunteering their time, efforts and prayers. What a SLAP in the Face for them that this moronic simpleton will profit from her lies!! And don’t get me started on the gaybo boyfriend of hers…imagine being made a “person of interest” and then a Huge laughing stock for still wanting to marry a 3 time jail bird!! In Washington State, 3 strikes and your out!! After her THIRD CONVICTION FOR STEALING her sorry lying ass would of been in jail where she so deserves to be. I hope everyone boycotts either the book (no doubt a paperback ) or movie or both and make the money hungry book publishers and movie studios take a HUGE loss for even wanting to make something of her lies!!!!! What a Hooker she Really is!!! And is Todd Kendrick as simple minded as she is???

  7. Genie (unregistered) on June 17th, 2005 @ 6:58 pm

    I think its a sin that this woman can use the system, including tax payers money, accuse minorities of a horrible crime( proven unfounded), and NOW she is going to “profit” from it. this woman, regardless of her mental problems………..seriously does not need ANY support from ANYONE for what she did.

    I am not a judge…….we are all guilty of something……..but for her to do this and THEN turn around and PROFIT from it????? There is a serious problem here…..And it all lies with her.

  8. bubba1995 (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    I think her and her boyfriend cooked this up before hand knowing that something this stupid would bring the morons like Couric knocking at their door. Want to make a lot of money? Do something outrageous that you know will not be prosecuted and the movie/book whores come running with their checkbooks open.

  9. christine (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 8:50 am

    Everybody: Please boycott anything (TV shows, books, movies) related to this bitch! Please also urge anyone you know to do the same!

    It’s a shame that our media is so “low-class”. The best way is not to tune-in or spend money on anything they are going to produce! That might teach them something!

    I hope that her town should protest against her business deals and kick her out of there. If she ever moves in to my neighborhood, there will be a riot! She should be kicked out of the country once a for all!!!!!

  10. Patty (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 8:53 pm

    I agree with the above post by Bubba1995. I think Jennifer and John cooked this thing up from the beginning to make a ton of money. I have also been reading on other sites that Mason is having money troubles. Call me a cynic, but in todays world, it’s entirely possible.

  11. jack (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 9:04 pm

    Someone should really kidnapp her and sell the story like she did!

  12. Cyanbane (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2005 @ 2:00 am

    3 wastes of my time:

    Wilbanks running away.

    This post.

    This reply.

    Is she capatilizing/profitering on this interest?


    Is the reason the national interest was there in the first place becuase she looked hot in the press photos during the search (aka missing southern bell search?)


    Are people across the U.S. losing interest in this story becuase she looks like a skank in the coric interview and the media and wasted the taxpayers of Duluth’s tax money ($40k) that we all know could be going to pave their much needed roads and improve that pain in the ass 3-way interesection near the train line crossing in downtown?


    That my friend is the root of it all. She may be pretty, have the perfect story, but she should have chose a different town to waste tax payers money (and keeping cops away from their families).

  13. Whiterabbit (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2005 @ 11:41 am

    I think this whole case is funny and as someone who lives in Atlanta (inside the 285)but is not a native I have some comments:

    Duluth is a place full of noveau rich ignorant religious idiots who have made themselves the laughing stock of the world. It makes me laugh at all the people who live there as its the only place they can afford a house and actually think they are wealthy. Anyway is it any wonder people think southerners are stupid???

    To see them all fawning over this girl and following round some dumb ass preacher quoting the lord……..they created all this mayhem with the help of the worst media in the whole of the US. If she wasn’t a pretty little baptist there wouldn’t have been half the coverage.

    Her boyfriend borders on the retard level, born again virgin whats that all about??? Quite frankly Jennifer is not a bad looking girl and if she had hooked up with a normal individual who had shagged her once in a while none of this would of happened. She can still come down to my place in Buckhead and I will bang her anytime.

    As for Duluth taxpayer money, isn’t this the same town that has too many gestapo police and spends taxpayers money on police baseball cards.

  14. Gary (unregistered) on June 24th, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    Hey Mr. Whiterabbit, Duluth is not a place where the Nouveau rich reside…having grown up there Duluth was once a quiet town full of hardworking blue collar people who were eventually swallowed up by Atlanta’s urban sprawl. The rich moved in…they weren’t born there. As for your over arching generalized statements regarding the residents of Duluth…unless you have met personally with every resident and then formed an opinion about the towns population..which I doubt you have done,,,then you are just as ignorant and sick as Ms. Wilbanks….and lastly….you are like the ‘pot calling the kettle black’….look at where you live…F-ing Buckhead of all places…the seat of wealth in Hotlanta! You sound pretty sick. Since you are not a native and seem to hate stupid southerners…go back from where you came. If the South is such a backasswards place why did you grace us with you sick ass? Don’t bother with a reply…this blog doesn’t need to see any more of your ignorance posted. And if you do reply..take some ownership of what you say and keep away from gross generalizations.

  15. william sherman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2005 @ 11:57 am

    Bang her anytime Whiterabbit??? If she would have to come down to your place, that would mean you live even further south, and this of course would make you an even bigger southern fried dumb-ass bottom feeder…

    Your probably just a little more horny than usual now that your sister dumped you again.!!!

    By the way, how many teeth do you still have??

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