Runway Bride, Jennifer Wilbanks Sues her ex-fiance John Mason for $500,000


She’s baaack … File this one under the category of “Only in America”. Or better stated, where there’s a Jennifer Wilbankslawyer there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. Jennifer Wilbanks, the infamous runaway bride, who lead police and officials on a wild goose chase in April of 2005 searching for her only to find out she purposely disappearance is suing her ex-fiance. So in a bizarre twist of fate, the would be bride who ran off from the wedding is accusing her ex-fiance of running off with the money. Truth is stranger than fiction, you just can’t make this stuff up.

Lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court

Wilbanks, who became known internationally as the “runaway bride,” alleges in a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County that while she was hospitalized and under medication after returning to Atlanta, fiancà © John Mason obtained a power of attorney, which allowed him to handle Wilbanks’ finances.


She claims he unilaterally made a deal with Regan Media for $500,000 in June or July 2005 for the couple to tell their unusual story and used the money to buy a house on Hamilton Mill Parkway in Duluth.

In the lawsuit, filed Sept. 13, Wilbanks seeks her share of the money and the return of several household items, including a washer and dryer, a lamp and two red chairs.

“Mason’s conduct has been in bad faith, he has been stubbornly litigous, or has caused Wilbanks unnecessary trouble and expense,” the lawsuit says. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Posted October 10, 2006 by
Bizarre, Judicial | 39 comments

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  • Comments

    39 Responses to “Runway Bride, Jennifer Wilbanks Sues her ex-fiance John Mason for $500,000”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on October 10th, 2006 3:21 pm

      The eyes have it.

    2. kw on October 10th, 2006 3:51 pm

      I wish she’d ‘run away’ again. That was fun…

    3. Carpe Noctem on October 10th, 2006 4:23 pm

      She’s got that crazed animal looke in her eye.

      Not the funny surprised Barbara Bush grandmother look…

      more like along the lines of…

      snip yer winky off
      when you sleep and
      throw it in the
      ditch look.

      She CRA-ZEEEE IN DE CO CO NUT! hoo hooooooooo

      Justice for
      John Bobbit j/k

    4. Freebrid on October 10th, 2006 4:35 pm

      She should pay him for taking her back after what she’s done. He earned that money! Her lawyer must be as crazy as her, or he’s in it for the money to! She is freckie!!

    5. Sharon Chicago on October 10th, 2006 4:50 pm

      Boy does this erk, urk, erk…….

      She wants half of the house…hmmmm let me see, blames her abduction on a black man…lies and says she was abducted… has search party outlooking for her…spends thousands of tax payers money…

      Some one should slap her one!!! Oh yeah, him too…!!

    6. dancinbare on October 10th, 2006 5:04 pm

      The eyes.They were part of a horror film.I am under there control/is she from New Mexico.dancingbare

    7. Houston on October 10th, 2006 5:04 pm

      I wish my first wife had run off before the wedding.

    8. Town_Crier on October 10th, 2006 5:28 pm

      I want part of that money, because that whole thing annoyed the chit out of me for days! I deserve compensation for my pain and suffering!

    9. Molly on October 10th, 2006 5:33 pm

      Justice (JUST – ICE) Justice like ice melts
      at a rate of lawyer fees per hour. This “thing”
      is a crazed beast. I would never disgrace a Lady
      by calling her that. Please someone show the
      entrance to Mexico.

    10. da wench on October 10th, 2006 6:08 pm

      Let’s sue that nut job for wasting our time having to listen to her whinning.

    11. Carpe Noctem on October 10th, 2006 6:23 pm

      LOL Miss U.

    12. Carpe Noctem on October 10th, 2006 6:25 pm

      Who gets custody of
      their rainbow
      colored towel set???

    13. Rosalee on October 10th, 2006 6:46 pm

      greed says it all!!

    14. GRETA mal on October 10th, 2006 7:19 pm

      YEP !!!!!!! ONLY in AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!

    15. dancinbare on October 10th, 2006 7:42 pm

      Larry Garrison states”follow the money”I say lets chip and buy a non-refundable ,one way ticket to Roswell,to rejoin her family.dancingbare She gives predators an almost bad name.My dog don’t insult her mother.

    16. Houston on October 10th, 2006 7:58 pm

      I’m the only one who wishes there first wife had taken off before wedding???

    17. Kat_Gram on October 10th, 2006 8:19 pm

      Houston. I wish I had ” run off “.
      Humor in my house many years afterwards was running the film backwards. At a high speed. Lots of Ha Ha’s

    18. IndyDan on October 10th, 2006 8:24 pm

      Wasn’t it her fame (hence story) that got the money to buy this home? This isn’t a stretch for me. If not for her there would be no $500K issue at stake. I’m not saying it’s right but the money generated by her story is her’s none the less.

    19. nurturer on October 10th, 2006 8:44 pm

      Bambi in the headlights.

    20. Carpe Noctem on October 10th, 2006 8:52 pm

      I know this is off topic…

      but it runs prety much in the same type news vein

      Scott Peterson

      Almost beaten to death

    21. Matz on October 11th, 2006 12:01 am

      I read another article about this that said the ex-fiance took the money and bought a house with it in his name only.

    22. Pffffft on October 11th, 2006 12:36 am

      moo, this “woman wannbe” thrives on playing the victim. Hey Mom and Dad Wilbanks, when was it EVER Jennifer’s fault? Apparantly you f*ck up and raised the female personification of Scott Peterson. Better reign your “golden daughter” in, mom and dad. I don’t believe you’ll fancy the idea of visiting her via telephone and a glass partition, separating you from her. Just ask Jackie and Lee Peterson. But then, of course as you, they didn’t raise a psychopath either

      Apparantly what goes on in Vegas doesn’t ALWAYS stay in Vegas, eh?


      Can you hear me? Can you hear me now . . . hello? Are you there?

    23. Carpe Noctem on October 11th, 2006 1:35 am


      Just Like Jennifer did!

      ( in 7 different states )

    24. Carpe Noctem on October 11th, 2006 1:56 am
    25. stumpwater on October 11th, 2006 2:53 am

      My first impression when I saw her picture was she was high on speed. If true that would explain her instability. Btw, no I’m not excusing her behavior…just an observation. :)

    26. Miss-Underestimated on October 11th, 2006 9:08 am

      I changed my mind. Get the money back to her, then have the police that searched for her sue her to the hilt for the monies it took to look for her.

      What gall…woman.

    27. Carpe Noctem on October 11th, 2006 10:02 am

      She’s got her ‘brights” on!

    28. kw on October 11th, 2006 10:30 am

      Houston, I too wish I had taken off…

    29. Miss-Underestimated on October 11th, 2006 10:42 am


      No lazy eyes

    30. Para2Legal on October 11th, 2006 12:21 pm

      This girl is crazy like a fox. I think it was all a publicity stunt for her. Hey she got 1/2 million dollars for her 15 minutes of fame.
      That her fiance took the money and ran is poetic justice!
      Ha, ha, ha – you know what they say about paybacks.

    31. Carpe Noctem on October 11th, 2006 2:10 pm

      LOL # 7.

      Green Acres Theme Song:

      Farrrrrm livin’ is the life for me….

      Doo Doo De Doo Doo, bling bling!!!


      Wow, what a CATCH.

    32. diverboy on October 11th, 2006 2:43 pm

      this chick looks like a deer blinded by headlights

    33. Skyboxx on October 11th, 2006 8:17 pm

      ….sung to the original Helen Reddy song.. ((Feel free to add versus)

      …”I am woman hear me roar,
      I’m a bitch and a whore”
      I ran away & took the country for a rideeeee..
      cause I’ve heard the voices before
      And I’m ‘special’ to the core
      My boyfriends got the money I adore

      Oh yes I am sleeze
      But my family says I am vain
      Yes, I’ve paid the price
      But look how much I waned
      If I have to, I can do anything
      I am Wrong (wrong)
      I am Despicable (despicable)
      I am Jennifer (lying, lazy woman)..

    34. Town_Crier on October 12th, 2006 7:44 am

      I watched this program about plastic surgery gone bad and a woman they interviewed had those same eyes after the surgery. The hack that worked on her face pulled her forehead up too far and made her look like she had just seen a ghost!

    35. Miss-Underestimated on October 12th, 2006 11:33 am


      Pay the goverment back the money for your idiotic antics.
      Why should the taxpayers of your town pay for your fake abduction. Get real, pay back the money. Just think about your neighbors and how they paid hard earned money.

    36. Carpe Noctem on October 12th, 2006 5:06 pm

      lol skyboxx!

    37. da wench on October 12th, 2006 7:23 pm

      #19 – Good one, sky!

    38. realtruth on October 12th, 2006 10:26 pm

      she may look bizare and probably is, but if her fiance took 1/2 a book deal that he promised her, then he owes her, but of course its up to the jury to decide; sm is not a public coutroom – theres no facts or time-lines and statements of corrupt officals like we did in natalee’s case. now be fair – you don’t have the facts.

    39. GRETAmal on October 13th, 2006 8:48 pm

      realtruth, SHE IS SCUM !!!!!!!! Admit it. She doesn’t belong in the human race !!!!!!!!

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