she called from a seedy stretch of Route 66

If someone hasn’t used that line in a song somewhere, somehow, I will be sorely disappointed.

It just goes to show you that the Jennifer Wilbanks case has officially become the most enjoyable story ever, since there’s no dead body (and poor John Mason is fully entitled to that Neighborhoodie that says I AM NOT SCOTT PETERSON BITCHES), just one very embarrassed family, one very confused (and, despite my earlier summary, apparently most un-ordinary) ex-bride-to-be, and one very interesting drama, complete with a bus ride to Las Vegas, a made-up kidnapping story spiced with racism, and a blanketed perp-walk through the Albequerque airport.

Steve Huff walks you through the similarities between the Wilkins case and the infinitely more tragic Susan Smith case, if you’re interested. He doesn’t think she’s going to face criminal charges, and he may well be right, but I have a feeling she’s going to have a hard time showing her face in Gwinnett County for the next, oh, twenty years.

Besides, I can’t think of a better way to land yourself into the eighth circle of etiquette hell than plan a huge wedding with 600 guests, 14 bridesmaids, original vows . . . and then vanish beforehand, leading everyone to believe that you’re kidnapped or worse. If any of you is dealing with the crazy stress of a wedding right now, or seeing a friend going crazy with the stress — my sympathies, and a note that hey, it could be worse.

3 Comments so far

  1. Seth (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 11:18 am

    I’m attending my brother’s wedding on the beach this weekend (Cinco de Mayo, actually) and knowing the crowd I’m sure someone will either joke about the bride skipping town or actually offer her cash to do it.

    Just trying to see the humor in this whole crazy situation.


  2. me (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 8:46 pm

    Is there some reason that no one thinks that she might be afraid of her fianc├łe? It sure is a lot to go through for nothing. All of her pictures have that same demented smile. If that’s just the way she likes them then fine but not all of my pictures look the same. It’s a possibility.


  3. jim (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

    In love or not, she left you before your wedding. If you are the one for her, then she’d be Mrs. Mason by now. Right. Do yourself a favor, empower yourself, and let her know that this behavior is not going to be tolerated. We have all loved someone that we cannot have, so get the message, MOVE ON!!!! She will respect you more for leaving her than staying with her. You will be setting a precedent that it is ok to leave you at any time, for any reason, because you will forgive her.



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