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The Bride Who Faked Her Own Kidnapping

Jennifer Wilbanks became something of a folk anti-hero, inspiring an action figure and a grocery store condiment called ?Jennifer?s High Tailin? Hot Sauce,? and numerous other items, even toast?

John Mason and Jennifer Wilbanks had planned a late April wedding with 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen, but the wedding would get postponed when the bride got cold feet. For nearly a week media attention would focus on Duluth, Georgia, a growing city in the suburbs of Atlanta that the two called home.

32-year-old Jennifer Wilbanks disappeared while out jogging four days before her wedding, it sparked one of the biggest missing persons stories in America in 2005. Then the shocking truth emerged.

At roughly 8.30pm on a chilly April night in the small town of Duluth, Georgia, Jennifer Wilbanks told her fianc?, John Mason that she was popping out for a run. Mason, 32, thought nothing of it. She ran marathons ? it was one of the many things they had in common. And with their wedding only 4 days away, Jennifer had a lot on her mind ? a run would do her good.

But Jennifer, then 31, didn?t return that night. At 10.15pm, Mason went looking for her around Duluth in his car. ?I thought maybe she might have turned her ankle and fallen,? he said. ?Or someone could have beaten her up? No idea.? He called the police at around midnight and spent a sleepless night by the phone. He had little idea then, that it would be the first of many.

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Western Americana and Rare Coin experts, Kagin?s, Inc., announced that the firm has authenticated and will be the exclusive seller of a newly discovered photograph featuring several of the Lincoln County Regulators, including legendary gunman, Billy the Kid. The original 4x5 inch tintype not only depicts Billy the Kid, but several members of his gang, The Regulators, playing a leisurely game of croquet alongside friends, family, and lovers in the late summer of 1878. Taken just one month after the tumultuous Lincoln County War came to an end, it is a window into the lives of these gunmen as they were still fighting the injustices of a lawless land. It?s a carefree moment after an important life event - a wedding - which is rich in content, movement and texture. ?When we first saw the photograph, we were understandably skeptical - an original Billy the Kid photo is the Holy Grail of Western Americana,? remarked Kagin?s senior numismatist, David McCarthy. ?We had to be certain that we could answer and verify where, when, how and why this photograph was taken. Simple resemblance is not enough in a case like this - a team of experts had to be assembled to address each and every detail in the photo to insure that nothing was out of place. ?The historical importance of a photograph of Billy the Kid alongside known members of his gang and prominent Lincoln County citizens is incalculable - this is perhaps the single most compelling piece of Western Americana that we have ever seen,? stated Kagin. The Billy the Kid Croquet Match Tintype has been appraised and insured for $5,000,000. Photo: Courtesy of Randy Guijarro.

Taken just one month after the tumultuous Lincoln County War came to an end, it is a window into the lives of these gunmen as they were still fighting the injustices of a lawless land. It?s a carefree moment after an important life event – a wedding. Photo: Courtesy of Randy Guijarro.

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid, lived a brief and violent life, stealing and killing before his death in a gunfight aged 21. He lived with a gun in his hand ? and sometimes, it seems, a croquet mallet.

In a surprising historical twist, the second photo of Billy the Kid ever to be authenticated shows him and his posse, the Regulators, playing the sport in New Mexico in 1878.

The faded image was among a pile of photos inside a cardboard box at a junk shop in Fresno, California, unearthed by a collector in 2010. Randy Guijarro paid US $2 for the image, which is now estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The only other confirmed photo of Billy the Kid, from 1880, sold for $2.3m (?1.5m) in 2011.

The photo was authenticated by a San Francisco-based Americana company, Kagin?s, which identified Billy the Kid along with several members of the Regulators, as well as friends and family. It was taken after a wedding in the summer of 1878, just a month after the gang took part in the brutal Lincoln County war.

When the photo was first brought to the company, its experts were ?understandably sceptical?, said David McCarthy from Kagin?s. ?An original Billy the Kid photo is the holy grail of Western Americana.

?We had to be certain that we could answer and verify where, when, how and why this photograph was taken. Simple resemblance is not enough in a case like this ? a team of experts had to be assembled to address each and every detail in the photo to ensure that nothing was out of place.?

The team spent a year investigating the photo, and even found the location where it was taken, in Chaves County, New Mexico. There they unearthed the remains of the building shown. ?We found the old lumber underneath,? said Jeff Aiello, director of a National Geographic ?We found those exact rock piers are still there.

The series of photos from the scene left little doubt what game was being played: ?It?s clearly croquet. You can see the hoops, the balls, the mallet, the centre peg. They?re all there. It?s a fascinating picture.?

In early October 2015, Kagin’s, Inc., a California-based numismatic authentication firm, determined the image to be authentic. Kagin’s has insured the tintype for $5 million.

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Today’s face of the day is a sex doll who was married to a terminally ill 28 year old Chinese man.

A Chinese man with terminal cancer has married a sex doll because he didn?t want to leave behind a bereaved widow.

The man is said to have wanted to experience the full splendour of a wedding before he died, after being diagnosed with cancer, but didn?t want to leave a human being struggling to cope with his loss.

The ?newly-weds? appeared in a series of surprisingly tender wedding photographs: hugging in front of a sunlit window, reflected romantically in a shadowy mirror and staring lovingly into each other?s eyes.

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Photo: Skagit River Journal

Photo: Skagit River Journal

KKK Wedding

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Another reason to support Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality is good for tourism:

Business traffic usually goes heavily one way across the Tasman, but with the imminent passing of New Zealand’s gay marriage bill, thousands of same-sex Australian couples are expected to make the trek in the other direction.

After a landslide vote in favour of the Marriage Amendment Bill at its second parliamentary reading last month, the law is expected to pass on its third reading, which could be as early as this month.

For New Zealander Tabitha Huntley and her Australian partner, Sonia Guzzardi, the move delivers the chance for a legitimate wedding close to home, surrounded by friends and family.

“We want to have a nice wedding,” Huntley said. “Basically, because we can.? Read more »

Let’s chuck another bit of fuel on the Marriage Equality fire: Transgender marriage

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Channel 2 screencap

Michal Shmulovich at The Times of Israel reports

For the first time, a man and a transgender woman were married under a huppa in Israel this week. The couple, a blonde-bombshell and her husband, whose identity was not revealed, walked down the aisle to the cheers and tears of their friends and family, and with a Channel 2 television crew in tow.

Bride Arizona wore a white dress, or, rather, a light pink one. ?It?s the same one Jennifer Lopez wore to the Oscars? This is a special wedding, there are no rules here!? she said, showing off in front of the camera crew, hours before the big moment.

It has taken Arizona a decent bit of commitment to get to the altar as a woman ? Read more »

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