In November, a grieving mother held a funeral for her daughter. The mother blew up photos of her daughter, wrote an obituary, and held a full memorial service at a church for her daughter. However, her daughter, Brittany Johnson-Webster wasn’t dead. In fact, Brittany was very much alive and living almost three hours away from where her funeral service was held. Brittany now says her mother held the ceremony to scam individuals for money.
A local CBS affiliate in Missouri interviewed Brittany earlier this week about her fake funeral. Brittany told the outlet she learned about the event after her aunt forwarded her a copy of her obituary.
An excerpt of the obituary read:
“Brittany finished her story on October 27, 2018. She was called to meet all the loving animal babies on the other side of the rainbow.”
According to Brittany, she felt a rush of emotions after she learned of the event. Her mother held the fake funeral on November 10th at a church in Ferguson, Missouri. The church that held the funeral said they had no idea the funeral wasn’t real.
As Brittany heard more details about her faked death, she learned her mother told everyone she died in a car accident.
“She claimed I died in a car accident, and the next day someone had pulled out in front of me, and I slammed on my brake and spun out three times, and all I could think was I’m going to die, my mom’s speaking my death into existence,” said Johnson-Webster.
Brittany said she felt shocked, sad, and hurt that her mother misled others about her death. Additionally, she said she was angry because her brother actually died.
“My brother actually died and here my mom is faking my death. You know I was upset, I was angry, but more than anything, I was sad,” she said.
Brittany says her mother didn’t raise her. She said her grandparents raised her. Her estranged mother crafted a made up story to gain sympathy and earn money. Because of her mother’s callous actions, she feels terrible for the people her mother fooled.
Even though Brittany didn’t need to apologize, she said, “I apologize for her actions. It’s messed up, but she ended up scamming you guys out of some money, you know just trying to make you feel bad.”
In spite of the horrible deed her mother did at her expense, Brittany is fearful for her mother’s safety. She said that her mother is currently missing and asked anyone that hears from or see her mother contact Ferguson police.
She ended with a final message to her mother, “‘What’s wrong with you? You faked my death.’ But she hasn’t even looked at the message or anything.”
How on earth does a mother use her daughter in this way?
Faking a child’s death to get money and sympathy is incomprehensible to me. Perhaps her mother’s disappeared out of guilt associated with her scam. Hopefully, law enforcement will catch up with the woman and charge her with the fraud.
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