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Wilbanks Enters Treatment Program
WXIA-TV/DT Atlanta ^ | 5.10.05 | Ian Stinson

Posted on 05/10/2005 9:17:20 AM PDT by mhking

Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride whose disappearance triggered a nationwide search, has entered a voluntary medical treatment program.

According to a statement from the family's church, "Ms. Wilbanks entered a highly regarded, inpatient treatment program on her own volition to address physical and mental issues which, she believes, played a major role in her 'running from herself' as she described in a public statement last week."

Wilbanks entered the program late Monday. The location of the program and suggested duration of treatment was not disclosed.

Wilbanks was already undergoing professional treatment. On May 5, the pastor for the Wilbanks family, Dr. Tom Smiley, read a statement from Jennifer Wilbanks. In the statement, Wilbanks said she, "started professional treatment voluntarily," for the problems that led her to run away.

Dr. Smiley said the treatment was "professional therapy with certified, competent professionals." Smiley did not go into details about the treatment.

Wilbanks, 32, touched off an extensive search in April when she disappeared after leaving her Duluth, Ga., home for a jog just four days before her scheduled wedding.

Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She told police she had been abducted, but she later told authorities she took a bus to Las Vegas and then Albuquerque on her own.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: martyfeldmanseyes; recovery; runawaybride; wilbanks
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1 posted on 05/10/2005 9:17:20 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking

She has issues?!? Naaah.


2 posted on 05/10/2005 9:17:59 AM PDT by dfwgator (Minutemen: Just doing the jobs that American politicians won't do.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

3 posted on 05/10/2005 9:18:25 AM PDT by mhking ("Today, we're gonna do things the RIGHT way...")
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To: mhking

Pre-emptive defense strategy in case charges are filed against her.


4 posted on 05/10/2005 9:18:58 AM PDT by msp2004
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To: mhking

I didn't realise there was a treatment programme for being, to use the American term, a "fruit loop".

Regards, Ivan


5 posted on 05/10/2005 9:18:58 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: mhking

What's with the pastor being so involved in this?


6 posted on 05/10/2005 9:19:19 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: mhking

She's trying to get on "Dr. Phils" show.


7 posted on 05/10/2005 9:19:31 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: mhking

I wish her well.


8 posted on 05/10/2005 9:20:28 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH.....INSPIRATIONAL)
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To: MadIvan

LOL! I never thought I'd see the day when a Brit uses that term. ;-)


9 posted on 05/10/2005 9:20:55 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: LYSandra

>What's with the pastor being so involved in this?<

That's what Pastors do.Why would you not think he would be involved?


10 posted on 05/10/2005 9:21:52 AM PDT by Blessed
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To: LYSandra; Blessed

Because they seem to be in a cult like church and she was most likely trying to escape.


11 posted on 05/10/2005 9:23:17 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: msp2004
Letter to Jennifer:

My dearest Daughter:

We talked to the judge. He said if you do this therapy bit, he will do the rest.

Love, Mom

P.S. The judge said you and you know who are welcome on his new yacht anytime....(but wait at least 6 months till this cools down).

12 posted on 05/10/2005 9:24:25 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: MadIvan

what would the british term for it be?

I don't know that there is a treatment program for attention whores, Ivan. At least not a successful one. With the american media the way it is, even washed up old "stars" get back on TV in one way or another, eventually. this lady's 15 minutes should have been up long ago, but thanks to cable, probably will never end. One of the wonders of living in the "information age" I guess. We'll never stop hearing more information about her.


13 posted on 05/10/2005 9:24:34 AM PDT by timtoews5292004
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To: Sacajaweau

You pegged it:)


14 posted on 05/10/2005 9:26:15 AM PDT by msp2004
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To: Phantom Lord

>Because they seem to be in a cult like church and she was most likely trying to escape.<

What knowledge do you have of this church in particular or Churches in general?


15 posted on 05/10/2005 9:27:48 AM PDT by Blessed
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To: mhking

Good....she needs it.


17 posted on 05/10/2005 9:29:07 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: mhking

Entering treatment? For what? Aggressive stupidity?


18 posted on 05/10/2005 9:29:16 AM PDT by RexBeach ("I can see it now. You and the moon. You wear a necktie so I'll know you." -Groucho Marx)
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To: Phantom Lord
"Because they seem to be in a cult like church and she was most likely trying to escape."


They do exist. I lost my first girlfriend to an arranged marriage in her parents nutjob church. She later died due to lack of medical care for a heart problem. ( doctors are evil don'tcha know)
19 posted on 05/10/2005 9:29:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Anyone who thinks we believe Hillary on any issue is truly a moron.)
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To: mhking

sounds like a good idea


20 posted on 05/10/2005 9:30:43 AM PDT by sassbox
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To: Sacajaweau

That makes a lot of since.$1000/day treatment program or the outside chance of a misdomeaner charge of making a false report that reulted in no action on police's part.


21 posted on 05/10/2005 9:31:06 AM PDT by Blessed
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To: Phantom Lord

Why do you keep making statements like this? This is the example of a close and caring church in the South. Yes, there are cult-like churches, but I've seen none of that in what we've seen. Dr. Smiley appears to be a caring person who has consented to be media spokesman. I'm sure that the Wilbanks family wants it that way. He is a public speaker by profession and that is intimidating for a lot of people. So it seems to be very natural to ask your pastor to do that. Biblical churches are communities and care for one another. Where's the similarity to a cult?


22 posted on 05/10/2005 9:32:03 AM PDT by twigs
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To: mhking

I said this when she showed up a couple of weeks ago: If her fiance thinks a marriage with her will work, he's more nuts than she is.


23 posted on 05/10/2005 9:32:57 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus
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To: timtoews5292004

Oh we'd say she's barmy. Which she is.

She's just getting her 15 minutes of fame in my view. The problem is that it's much more than 15 minutes. And at the moment I'm staying in a place that has Fox News - I would really rather not be seeing this.

Regards, Ivan


24 posted on 05/10/2005 9:33:02 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: MadIvan

Meant to ask, before your recent "walkabout" (hehehe) did the Runaway Bride story get a lot of play over there..?


25 posted on 05/10/2005 9:34:04 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have kids ASAP to pass on her gene pool..any volunteers?)
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To: mhking

A careful reading of this piece coupled with decades of being around people in the "caring professions" leads me to believe this is psycho-babble code for drug or alcohol treatment.

Whether she's a drunk or not, entering treatment to cope with stress-induced benders will look good.

I would rather see her simply apologize and volunteer for community service among local law enforcement.


26 posted on 05/10/2005 9:34:09 AM PDT by Gingersnap
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To: uncitizen; cajungirl; texasbluebell; xsmommy; hispanarepublicana; kcvl; Andy'smom; SE Mom; ...

Incoming inpatient ping!


27 posted on 05/10/2005 9:34:37 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Phantom Lord

"Because they seem to be in a cult like church and she was most likely trying to escape."

I presume you mean to use your biblical expertise to explain what makes this a cult?


28 posted on 05/10/2005 9:34:49 AM PDT by Preachin' (Keep the Kerry/Edwards tags on your cars so we can identify the root of your disease.)
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To: Blessed
I am suspicious of anyone and any church who do all the speaking for people themselves and through attorneys.

There is a reason Ms. Wilbanks has not spoken herself and only through an attorney and church leaders through written statements, without question prepared by them for her.

I strongly suspect the reason is they will not let her speak for fear of what she might say or how she will answer questions on her own.

Also, this is the 3rd time she has bailed on a wedding. Something strang is going on there.

29 posted on 05/10/2005 9:35:02 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: ken5050

Not on British news...there was a bit about it on Sky. However, my parents have a dish and get Fox News, which I watch religiously when I visit. I look forward to getting "the good stuff" and seeing Ann Coulter, etc. - and what do I get...runaway barmy brides!

Regards, Ivan


30 posted on 05/10/2005 9:35:16 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: MadIvan

We got in-patient treatment centers for whatever ails ya. Very posh, very expensive, and very exclusive!


31 posted on 05/10/2005 9:38:17 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@Southern Belle Spa.com)
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To: MadIvan

You'll see it on Fox News until the rest of the Fox News viewers in the states TURN OFF THEIR TV SETS every time that story airs. The requisite drop in ratings for that time period of the day would be a warning to the executives to provide more complete stories of things that actually matter to american citizens.


32 posted on 05/10/2005 9:38:37 AM PDT by timtoews5292004
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To: mhking
OK I think we need to have a pool on how long she will be in treatment before she jumps the fence.

Put me down for three days
33 posted on 05/10/2005 9:39:05 AM PDT by Cowman (Just when you hit the bottom of the stupid hole you notice the guy next to you is shoveling)
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To: mhking

Panic/ anxiety disorder?


34 posted on 05/10/2005 9:39:45 AM PDT by elli1
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To: Phantom Lord

"Something strang is going on here"


I know it was just a misspelling but I find it a little appropriate in this context. Read about this "Strang" fellow.

http://www.terrypepper.com/lights/closeups/strang/strang.htm


35 posted on 05/10/2005 9:40:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Anyone who thinks we believe Hillary on any issue is truly a moron.)
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To: MadIvan

Runaway barmy bride is at least a break from intentionally facially deformed child molester trial.


36 posted on 05/10/2005 9:40:28 AM PDT by fredhead ("It is a good thing war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." General Robert E. Lee)
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To: Phantom Lord

You have an over-active imagination.


37 posted on 05/10/2005 9:41:21 AM PDT by alnick (Rice 2005: We've only just begun to see what Freedom can achieve.)
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To: Phantom Lord

>There is a reason Ms. Wilbanks has not spoken herself and only through an attorney and church leaders through written statements, without question prepared by them for her.<

You obviously do not have a wife or children.No caring husband would throw a wife or child to the wolves of the media.She owes the public no explanation.She has apoligized and is seeking treatment.We are intitled to no further info.

>Also, this is the 3rd time she has bailed on a wedding. Something strang is going on there.<

Source other than rumor mill or your fertile mind please.


38 posted on 05/10/2005 9:41:49 AM PDT by Blessed
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To: LYSandra
What's with the pastor being so involved in this?

He's got Joe Biden disease.

39 posted on 05/10/2005 9:42:04 AM PDT by soundandvision
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To: OldFriend

I wish her well also!


40 posted on 05/10/2005 9:42:19 AM PDT by Mfkmmof4
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To: fredhead

I would pay a great deal to never see another news item about Michael Jackson again. If I were in the prosecution team, I'd say, "He's mutiliated his own face, he's admitted that he likes sleeping with young boys, he nearly dropped his child over a hotel railing. Something is not right here, and nothing the defence says can change the fact that he is psychologically unbalanced. At the very least, have him committed."

Regards, Ivan


41 posted on 05/10/2005 9:42:41 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: Semper Paratus

I putting money on her going on "Oprah" first then, Dr. Phil. Then her, the fiance & the pastor all show up on Larry King....


42 posted on 05/10/2005 9:43:14 AM PDT by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: LYSandra

From what I saw of the pastor, he needs to be in treatment too.


43 posted on 05/10/2005 9:43:20 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: SAMS

Then Maury.


44 posted on 05/10/2005 9:43:42 AM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: maggiefluffs

I got to wondering originally if maybe she didn't have an over-active thyroid. I used to know somebody who completely whacked out one day, and they were thin as a rail (just like her) and had bulging eyes (just like her) and were given to "weird mood swings".


45 posted on 05/10/2005 9:43:44 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: mhking
Ms. Wilbanks entered a highly regarded, inpatient treatment program on her own volition to address physical and mental issues

Physical issues?

46 posted on 05/10/2005 9:44:04 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: timtoews5292004

...or to British citizens who want to find out what is actually going on in America. The Runaway Barmy Bride is by no means a particularly serious story. She's a lunatic, the bloke who was going to marry her found out before he took a vow - he ought to be praising God for having informed him of the truth before any vows were said. End of story.

Regards, Ivan


47 posted on 05/10/2005 9:44:18 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: timtoews5292004
We'll never stop hearing more information about her.

Perhaps she'll eventually turn up on that VH-1 show about has-been celebrities living together in one house, and she'll hook up with FlavaFlav or that guy from the Brady Bunch.

48 posted on 05/10/2005 9:44:32 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Kenny Bunkport

>From what I saw of the pastor, he needs to be in treatment too.<

Which Pastor?


49 posted on 05/10/2005 9:44:39 AM PDT by Blessed
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To: LYSandra

He's their pastor and also a friend. What's the problem?


50 posted on 05/10/2005 9:44:48 AM PDT by Texas Mom
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