Another MySpace Encounter, Two Teens Alisa D. Betts and Lauren M. Gash Kidnap a Woman to Steal her Unborn Baby


What is this world coming to? How do these people walk among us? And the people committing the crimes are younger and younger. Two teenagers, Alisa D. Betts, 17, and Lauren M. Gash, 19, kidnapped Amanda Howard, 18 with the intent to steal her unborn baby. Where did the three meet up in the first place? MySpace of course. Once again we are presented with the learning experience of be very careful of who you meet on line over the internet.

Prosecutors say Alisa D. Betts, 17, and Lauren M. Gash, 19, kidnapped Amanda Howard, 18. Gash, of Odessa, and Betts, of Atchison, Kan., were arraigned on felony kidnapping charges Tuesday. Gash also was charged with assault.

Police believe the suspects lured Howard into a car Monday, sprayed her with Mace and bound her with tape, according to the complaint from the Jackson County prosecutor’s office.

Gash and Betts are accused of then driving the victim to a motel in Blue Springs, a Kansas City suburb. The complaint said Gash sat on Howard’s abdomen and twisted her neck back and forth, “a substantial step toward” trying to “kill or cause serious physical injury” to Howard. (Fox News)

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    17 Responses to “Another MySpace Encounter, Two Teens Alisa D. Betts and Lauren M. Gash Kidnap a Woman to Steal her Unborn Baby”

    1. Just Me on August 1st, 2007 12:53 pm

      This just proves that we live in a very nasty world, online or otherwise. The ages of perps these days is just shocking.
      Actually I dont think its anything new. I recall a 13 yr old I went to school with kiling a classmate over her own male cousin. Shrug.

    2. Fools Gold on August 1st, 2007 3:22 pm

      Yes, they met at MySpace and did not meet at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
      Yes, they wore their skirts at mid-thigh level rather than worry about indecent exposure of the ankles.
      They did not go to a quilting bee or corn huskin’ competition. They did not watch a public hanging or a bear baiting. They drank CocaCola not apple cider.

      The fact that they met on MySpace is meaningless. Where else would they meet these days?

    3. the mama on August 1st, 2007 4:06 pm

      I agree you can meet up with sickos anywhere, but is in the news all the time now. I started a myspace page to keep an eye on my kids. My youngest is almost 17 but her page is private so only friends and family that already know her can ask to be added as a friend. Two of my friends have shut down their kids’ myspace pages for inappropriate comments and threats from other people. You gotta watch out for your kids, because they have no clue how to watch out for themselves.

    4. Jerry from Ohio on August 1st, 2007 4:08 pm

      Harming a woman or a child is in itself despicable
      But Harming a pregnant woman and an unborn child IE: The Davis /Cutts murder just crosses all the lines of Human decency .
      This woman was indeed very very Lucky that these two degenerate girls were not able to carry out the rest of their plan .
      NO MERCY, NO QUARTER should be given to those that seek to Harm a mother and her unborn .
      A quick trial and an even quicker execution of Justice. THIS TYPE OF Antisocial BEHAVIOR HAS TO STOP !!

    5. Patti on August 1st, 2007 5:49 pm

      It’s not that they met at My Space that is important. What is important to remember is to stay away from anyone that is anonymous. Don’t open your doors to strangers, even on the computer, keep an eye out for any suspicous characters on the street and always have something to protect yourself should there be an attack. Stick with the people that you know and you’ll be a lot safer.

      I agree with Jerry from Ohio, this act is despicaple and there should be no mercy shown for these two girls. What, in God’s name, could they have been thinking? Absolutely unbelievable.

    6. Richard on August 2nd, 2007 9:53 am

      After reading about this horror, is it beyond belief that in Aruba, a bunch of male teens might have decided to keep an American girl hostage and/or try to sell her or hand her over to someone, whether to profit from the act, to save their own asses, to get an “in” with big drug dealers or simply out of sheer sadism?

      That doesn’t prove it happened this way … but we’re seeing a lot of things happening that nobody ever would believe could or would happen.

    7. pfish on August 3rd, 2007 3:01 pm

      Gash & Betts are proof that abortion is wasted on the unborn. (What a waste of both time and expenses when the state has to wait until you’re 18 to do it.)

    8. a-town on October 31st, 2007 1:10 am

      i actually grew up in atchison and knew alisa betts personally. it was definitely a huge shock for the whole town. how scary and awful for someone to actually plan on carrying out something as dispicable as this.

    9. A friend of laurens on August 4th, 2008 3:47 pm

      This whole lauren gash, alisa betts, an amanda howard this is so dumb, howard shouldn’t of gotten in a car with a stranger that she met on a web site! I know lauren, she’s not a bad person! A death in the family occured not too long before this actually happened, her mother was the unexpected death in her family, and those two were close! Their family is a really nice family. I wish the best for them. Neither of them hurt her, she perfectly fine. They wouldn’t have went through with the plan, they’re good people. Like you and me, people mess up, and want to be forgiven. So……. O well nobody will listen to me. But listen to the real story soon.

    10. Alisa Betts on February 2nd, 2009 10:51 am

      If you all knew the real and full story you’d have diffrent comments.. so don’t judge people by what you read or hear on the news.. Get your facts straight and then you can say what you wanna say or do ! GET IT RIGHT…

    11. Amanda (Howard) Culley on February 2nd, 2009 6:45 pm

      Yes what happened to me is horrible but I was young and kinda of dumb for getting in the car with two strangers but I thought they were “mothers” that understood my situation and was doing what I could to provide for my child. And I was injured by Lauren. I have back and neck problems to where I have problems getting on the floor to play with my children. So don’t go saying stuff unless you know the facts personally. I was there I know what happened. Yes everybody should be forgiven but just because her mother passed away is not an excuse to go harm others which is exactly what she did. And if you want to tell me she wasn’t planning to harm me then why was she on top of me trying to break my neck because I wouldn’t stop screaming because she was sitting directly ontop of my son, which the doctor that delivered him informed me if the sack around him hadn’t been so thick then he would have died. My son and I are very very lucky to be alive. so unless you were there I really don’t think you can talk (directed for A friend of Laurens). No offense but they have heard the lies from the two of you and I was the only one to get up there and tell the truth. I forgave you Alisa but now you’re trying to say I lied so I probably shouldn’t of but the truth will be known to the world soon enough. God Bless everybody and keep your kids safe. Just remember that myspace is not the only place where kids go.

    12. Alisa Betts on February 16th, 2009 6:29 pm

      My comment is to people that don’t know what happened ! only 3 people and the police know what happend ! I feel bad for shit that happened and will for the rest of my life !

    13. Amanda Culey on March 3rd, 2009 7:02 pm

      My dad pointed out what the comment was probably towards…but you’re right only three people know the truth so everybody needs to hush unless they know the true facts.

    14. Chuck on September 8th, 2009 11:07 pm

      Seeing how Gash’s friend posted before she was found guilty and admitted to her role in the crime, I think she’s prolly singing a different tune now, n/m that the comment was downright ignorant and showed far more concern for the perp than the victim.

      But I digress…am glad Amanda’s recovering well, and I personally think Alisa was just a minor bit player in the scheme of things, given how she clearly realized this diabolical plot was wrong and made the crucial 911 call that ultimately saved Amanda’s life. Yes, she was in the wrong for taking part in it, but still did the right thing in the end, so I think her much more lenient sentence was appropriate.

      As for Gash, her sentence of 8 years was TOO lenient…she deserved far more, IMO.

    15. itsjustme on January 22nd, 2014 10:53 pm

      I know I’m a little late for this but I just heard about this case. Amanda, you’re so brave, thanks for telling your story. It’s a lesson to everyone, never go south anyone you don’t know.
      As for Lauren she didn’t get half of what she deserved. Life in prison would have been to good for her. Then someone actually comes here and defends her. So killing another innocent mother is a good way to get over her own mother’s death? Maybe if she wasn’t such a fat azz, ugly woman she could have gotten someone and had a baby the old fashion way. Of course anyone with eyes and has ever seen knows that could never be possible. Don’t they have blind, armless men where you live? Bet you could lie to someone like that and say you looked like that MySpace picture and he would never know. Hope you had your azz handed to you everyday in prison.

    16. Hailey Asbell on January 26th, 2014 6:18 pm

      I just saw this story on I.D.
      As I got further into the story I couldn’t believe that two girls would even think of this. Those of you defending them I also feel sorry for you. That is like trying to defend a child preditor. I agree with what someone here has said though. Lauren should of gotten a hell of a lot more time. The court basically said “the girls not dead and the baby wasn’t taken here’s a little time but you can get out with a chance to do it again” if the police had not shown up god knows what would of happened. I’m very happy this story had a happy ending though! Prayers go out to the families!

    17. Terri Ann Brown on January 4th, 2015 5:08 pm

      Pity for such an innocent, young and pregnant woman. Xxx disgusting motives of the other two.

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