Jennifer Wilbanks is probably someone you have heard of without consciously realising it.
Whilst her actual name may be forgettable, many will remember her as ‘the runaway bride’.
The ‘hot and saucy runaway bride’ scandal began back in April of 2005 when Jennifer Wilbanks jilted her fiance, John Mason, just before they were due to get married.
Whilst pulling out of a wedding at the last minute may only be hurtful to a few people, what followed had much larger ramifications.
THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
The whole of America was concerned about Jennifer Wilbanks, a woman from Duluth, Georgia.
Thousands of people searched for her and the media played their part in broadcasting the story across the nation.
Wilbanks finally resurfaced after calling her fiance from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She said that she had been kidnapped and then sexually assaulted by an Hispanic man and a white woman.
Despite such a lie, which she reported as fact to the police, Jennifer Wilbanks never faced any charges for wasting police time or supplying false information.
LET OFF THE HOOK
Wilbanks could have faced up to 5 years in prison.
Instead, she got away with a mere 120 hours of community service, in addition to 2 years probation and a $2,250 fine.
Perhaps her fortunately lenient sentence was brought about by sympathy for her apparent temporal insanity.
Whatever the case, this woman who had an entire nation worried about her, went on to sell the rights to her book for half a million dollars and even had a hot sauce -‘Jennifer’s High Tailin’ Hot Sauce’ – named after her!
If that wasn’t enough, you can also purchase the ‘Runaway Bride’ action figure!’