WHEW! Aren't you glad that's over?
For a year and a half, the "bride-napping" case involving Julianna Myers and her parents has been all over the news, spilling across state lines, capturing national attention.
You couldn't turn away, but you felt like an intruder by not turning away.
It was both captivating and uncomfortable, being inside someone's privacy like that.
Let's face it. Most of the time, issues with mothers-in-law are left to monologues and bar rooms:
Two men are in a pub. One says to his mate, "My mother-in-law is an angel." His friend replies, "You're lucky. Mine is still alive."
My mother-in-law and I were happy for 20 years. ... Then we met each other.
What do you do if you miss your mother-in-law? Reload.
But not this time. This time it was no joke. This time, Julianna and her new husband, Perry Myers, the man who couldn't possibly be good enough for Julia Redd's daughter, the man scary enough to cause mother Redd with her husband at the wheel to drag their daughter away from her wedding day, decided to press charges.
The headline: "Parents accused of kidnapping daughter."
It was impossible not to tune in.
Over the course of a year, we learned that Julia Redd was sure Perry was entirely not suitable as a husband because, for one thing, he proposed with a gold band instead of a diamond ring.
We learned that Julia Redd, according to Perry, announced to him: "In this family, I am in charge, and you will do exactly what I say."
And we learned that Julianna's description of her mother boiled down to: "Controlling, possessive and irrational."
Normally, this isn't news. Normally, this is the hair salon.
People usually keep stuff like this as private as the family recipe for Christmas cookies.
But Julianna and Perry decided the heck with that. Once Julianna had escaped the family car, they marched their dirty laundry right into the Utah County prosecutor's office.
Charge my mom, said Julianna. Charge my mother-in-law, said Perry. And while you're at it charge Mr. Redd for doing exactly what Mrs. Redd said.
The Redds were facing one-to-15 until they plea bargained down to a misdemeanor of "custodial interference" plus a mental health evaluation for Julia on the eve of trial.
The point, said the newlyweds, was to teach the parents a lesson.Why am I skeptical they learned it?
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