Jeff Dauler, co-host of The Bert Show on Atlanta’s Q100, has decided it’s time to sue Jennifer Wilbanks.

Here’s some of what he says at the site:

I am exploring the possibility of filing a class action suit against the couple to prevent them from earning anything related to her actions. Members of the class could include professionals and volunteers who gave up time and goods to aid in her search, media outlets who devoted airtime to the story, citizens who altered plans or routines out of fear, or business owners who may have lost income…

The Bert Show insists that this is not a joke.
Sounds like Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter might not even think it’s a bad idea — here’s what he said about Jennifer Wilbanks and her fiance John Mason selling their story to the media:

“I guess that says more about this whole case than anything else that has happened. I’m really sort of disgusted by the whole thing…”

On this page at Jeff Dauler posted text from a variety of e-mails he’s received about this endeavor; I do think he showed some credibility by posting some negative messages as well:

  • “…Instead of signing book deals, Ms. Wilbanks should be in Aruba assisting law enforcement in the search for missing teenager, Natalee Holloway. Maybe the reality of seeing Miss Holloway’s family in pain would jolt Jennifer Wilbanks back into reality…”
  • “…Your an idiot Jeff. If someone wants to pay them for their story then what business is it of yours. Get over it already.”
  • “…I was kidnapped, sodomized and raped by a man when I was 19 years old. Jennifer Wilbanks’ giant fib mocked and made fun of something that changed my life forever. I personally would like to see her prosecuted for filing a false report about being sexually assaulted/ raped. She completely made a mockery out of something I have personally experienced and I feel that she should have to pay for all of the rape victims that MUST endure the second victimization.”
  • “…How would you like some uppity shock jock personality causing drama in YOUR life because of a stupid mistake that you made? Don’t be an a**hole like so many other has-been radio personalities. You’re not going to profit from this stunt like you think you will, and more than likely you’ll probably just set yourself up for more trouble than you think. The media may think that this is everybody’s business, but it isn’t…”

The writer who mentioned Natalee Holloway [link: The Vanishing of Natalee Holloway] made a good point. One that could be made with any missing persons case currently causing a family and the surrounding community pain and fear…

I suggest to anyone who is interested that you take a look at The Charley Project, or The Doe Network. At the Charley Project there are over 5,000 missing persons listed — here’s a link to their page for missing persons from Georgia. There you will find stories like that of Michael Daniel Knight, who disappeared from Atlanta in 2002, or Paula Ann Wade and her son Brandon Lee Wade, who vanished in 2002 from Valdosta, Georgia.

Jennifer Wilbanks sold her low comedy to the highest bidder, when perhaps she could stand to acquaint herself with the myriad ghosts of the missing still trailing their loved ones through life — the faces of people found at the sites mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Some of her profits from selling her story could even be donated to organizations devoted to finding missing adults and children. Look those families and friends in the eyes and confront the truth. Understand that however unintended, her act mocked the mysteries those families live with daily.

If Jeff Dauler wants to be taken more seriously he might want to make a links page — links to sites like the Charley Project, the Doe Network.

A few suggestions are listed below.

4 Comments so far

  1. JimV_ATL (unregistered) on June 18th, 2005 @ 11:09 pm

    Nothing sets my heart thumping (to the beat of Hollaback Girl) like the righteous indignation of a wacky morning guy. Perhaps Daurer should give this story a rest and go back to stealing material from Maddox.

  2. Jen (unregistered) on June 19th, 2005 @ 3:26 pm

    If Jeff Dauler wants to be taken more seriously he might want to make a links page — links to sites like the Charley Project, the Doe Network.

    Agreed. Why doesn’t he raise awareness about missing children than whining over Wilbanks?

  3. shelbinator (unregistered) on June 19th, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

    Sweet mother of biscuits and gravy. Even remotely suggesting that the media who wasted their time and ours covering the story be beneficiaries of this class action suit is about the most retarded thing I have ever heard. The media probably made money on ramming that story down our throat because it made for good drama and fed the masses of morons out there exactly what they wanted. It’s also the same masses of morons who want to hear Wilbanks’ story in a made-for-TV movie, so the book/movie deal is 100% bonafide American Way of Life™ — and God bless you if you’re idealistic enough about the mental caliber of the average consumer of popular culture to believe otherwise. As long as there are enough TV zombies to keep American Idol, Fear Factor, Wife Swap, Shag My Sister, and any People’s Court type spinoffs on the air and profitable, there will always be a market for Jennifer Wilbanksesesssss.

    Wilbanks ain’t the problem, it’s us. Next time you’re standing next to someone who starts gushing about their favorite reality TV program, slap them across the face as hard as you can. It’s the only way things will get better.

  4. gushing (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 11:22 am

    What in the world does this Ipsum check mean? I keep getting this error

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