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By the way while she is at the hospital the home page on her website has changed!
That is the way the pic was sent to me. I just clicked the option to post is large. I am no blogger myself!
That is definitely the same girl...
How did it change? I must be missing something!
The opening page is different. Completely different slide show of different work.
And she LOOKS pregnant. Why would a doll be photographed? Mind to start over with the doubts? :)
When did she post this pic? It was on the "April's Mom" blog?
You're right. I wondered if maybe that was because I didn't "allow" it to run through the first time I visited before clicking on another page on the site. Could be a possibility.
Something I wanted to mention that hasn't been brought up yet. "B" said "April" had holoprosencephaly. This is a disorder caused by the failure of the the embryonic forebrain to sufficiently divide into the double lobes of the cerebral hemispheres. It causes skull and facial defects. In most cases of holoprosencephaly, the malformations are so severe that babies die before birth. In less severe cases, babies are born with facial deformities that may affect the eyes, nose, and upper lip. The least severe of the facial anomalies is the median cleft lip. The most severe is cyclopia, an abnormality characterized by a single eye located in the area normally occupied by the root of the nose, and a missing nose or a proboscis (a tubular-shaped nose) located above the eye. The least common facial anomaly is ethmocephaly, in which a proboscis separates closely-set eyes. Cebocephaly, another facial anomaly, is characterized by a small, flattened nose with a single nostril situated below incomplete or underdeveloped closely-set eyes. The pictures posted show a baby (doll) with no facial deformities at all. I realize babies with Trisomy 13 can sometimes be born without facial deformities, but holoprosencephaly is DEFINED by facial deformities. So "B"'s baby should have had at LEAST a cleft lip, at minimum.
I can make myself look pregnant too if I wanted too! Come on! She took pics of a doll and said they were her sick baby! I am so disgusted by all this. How sad!
Thank you Kate!
Did you see the pic of Rachel's sweet little girl that passed away? That is the reality!
Is it possible that we have only uncovered her identity, not revealed a scam? There are so many hearts invested in this for us not to look at it objectively.
Didn't you see the pics of April that were posted? That was a doll!!! I am sorry, but I am so upset by this!
Why would anybody do a thing like that if they were telling the truth?
Hope in Brown with me!! Maybe She thought people would think April was gross looking and didnt want to show her? But I doubt it because the u/s was perfect to! Or may be she is pregnant with a healthy baby due in august? explains the small belly! Or she is just a loser fake piece of trash but I am still hoping in brown for those monkeys!!
Oh Melissa I want so much to be hoping with you! I just am so sad right now by all this.
Me to I have to make fun to keep my sanity really I do I am here crying right now trying to cheer myself up!!
Or maybe it was a way to make money, just as has been said already. Every time that blog gets looked at, it generates money. Tiny bits of money adds up over time.And if it's a legitimate story, then why hasn't Raechel or "B" or "D" pulled the RuffleButt ad since they specifically asked it to be taken down? "D" & Raechel both have been on the blog to post and "D" flat-out said something about the emails they've been getting (which means he's been reading them), so the odds are that he read the email the RuffleButt woman sent. Also, they've been pulling everything ELSE of the blog, so why not delete the ad as requested, as well? I'll tell you why... because it generates money for them, which may be the sole reason this whole thing was started.
It's possible she really is pregnant. Maybe she was trying to raise money since she is a single mom? Anything is possible at this point. I just feel terrible for her, especially now that her identity is out. I sure wouldn't want to be in her shoes.The similariies between April and Raechel's baby that passed are very disturbing to me. I just think Raechel needs to distance herself from B. This whole thing is sooo bizarre. It has consumed my day.
i'm curious where this 'rufflebutt' thing came from. was it posted somewhere. can someone link it? thx
Can people stop making excuses for her? This is obviously all fake. She posted pictures of several different babies, one of whom was a DOLL and said it was her dying child.Also, how did she have time to make that picture montage while spending precious moments with her ill baby? And why did it disappear? And a baby with that double diagnosis would NOT look as perfect as Little April did.This is all just ridiculous. It's all fake. But I can't stop looking ;) Well folks, She's gotten what she's wanted.. our undivided attention.
Mine to I have been neglecting my house hold duties all day!! My husband served me dinner at the computer lol!! I wish this all was real and was really a miracle I really do!!
Actually, Kate, they did pull the RuffleButt ad... kabrams12 - here is the Rufflebutt bloghttp://rufflebutts.blogspot.com/
Mine too! I have wasted away at my computer because I can't believe that somebody could be so hurtful! All I wanted to do was help people stay away from a scam artist. I am sad to see that there are still so many followers. I think B needs prayers for her peace. She is copying Rachel's story for personal gain if you ask me.
Melissa - same here!! I've been hogging the computer ALL day! lol I truly want to believe this story is true SOO BAD!
The other add has been taken down now too...This whole thing is odd...I took this story to heart as many of you have and I am also upset at her lies..I hope she comes out and tells the truth because her career is over now after this...
I agree with you on that, Nobody
Nobody - I honestly think there are still so may people believing her story, simply because it is SO hard to believe that she could have deceived us for all these months. I STILL don't know what to think! (lame, I know!)
I just hope she gets the help she needs. I mean that with all my heart.
can someone please post what her blog update said? i'm so curious to know but i REFUSE to make her any more $$ by going!
I do too, Nobody. I do too... (and I believe you do mean that with all your heart)
LMBO!! Ive done the same ladies!! My house is a total disaster right now but man i just want everybody that has been duped by her to know the truth.
Jennifer you are not lame. The pics are so obvious though. If there was a reasonable explanation for them they would have let people know and moved on. Instead they ran.
Here it is, spunketrtl:9:36pm update I know you all are so concerned about April and anxious to hear how she is doing. I'm so sorry there have been no updates for so long. I have stepped back to allow D to protect his family as he has chosen to. I want to respect that. There have also been no updates because the focus has shifted from the blog to what is going on with April right now. As it should.Posts have been removed and photos taken down. It may be brash, but there is not the luxury of time to think through how to respond to things. Their focus is not on what is swirling around on the internet. Their attention is on their daughter.I am hundreds of miles away from B & D and April right now, so have been just as anxious to hear an update as all of you. I just spoke with B on the phone. She and April (and D) are at the hospital right now. April's health was beginning to decline, and B was not feeling well either, so together with the midwife they made the call and took a short ambulance ride to the nearby hospital. The doctors at the hospital are running some tests on April right now. B did not know the details of what tests (they were in separate areas at the time, plus it was really noisy and hard to understand everything), but she knows they are doing some blood work to begin with. So, the good news is, April Rose is alive right now! And, she and B are both continuing to receive excellent care. We can pray for wisdom for the doctors and for D & B. We can pray that they will return home tonight with their baby in tow (I wonder if the hospital supplies car seats in these situations???). We can pray for the God of Truth to reign in this situation and for what is true to be brought to light. We do not look to the left or to the right for what is true, but to the Creator of Life. God is not a God of confusion.I will continue to update as B asks me to. I have told her about all of the wonderful encouragement you all are sending her way. She is grateful for that, so thank you.Raechel
9:36pm update I know you all are so concerned about April and anxious to hear how she is doing. I'm so sorry there have been no updates for so long. I have stepped back to allow D to protect his family as he has chosen to. I want to respect that. There have also been no updates because the focus has shifted from the blog to what is going on with April right now. As it should.Posts have been removed and photos taken down. It may be brash, but there is not the luxury of time to think through how to respond to things. Their focus is not on what is swirling around on the internet. Their attention is on their daughter.I am hundreds of miles away from B & D and April right now, so have been just as anxious to hear an update as all of you. I just spoke with B on the phone. She and April (and D) are at the hospital right now. April's health was beginning to decline, and B was not feeling well either, so together with the midwife they made the call and took a short ambulance ride to the nearby hospital. The doctors at the hospital are running some tests on April right now. B did not know the details of what tests (they were in separate areas at the time, plus it was really noisy and hard to understand everything), but she knows they are doing some blood work to begin with. So, the good news is, April Rose is alive right now! And, she and B are both continuing to receive excellent care. We can pray for wisdom for the doctors and for D & B. We can pray that they will return home tonight with their baby in tow (I wonder if the hospital supplies car seats in these situations???). We can pray for the God of Truth to reign in this situation and for what is true to be brought to light. We do not look to the left or to the right for what is true, but to the Creator of Life. God is not a God of confusion.I will continue to update as B asks me to. I have told her about all of the wonderful encouragement you all are sending her way. She is grateful for that, so thank you.Raechel
i just can't believe that you "reconized" Avory! that is crazy and then to have the courage to put it blog about it. you have done a good thing Nobody. know matter what the outcome, and you did it for the right reasons.
She is a very well known sculpt in the reborn world. I hope the outcome is good for all involved. i know that so many people are angry at Beccah and have her personal info. By that I mean her home address and such. I hope people make the right choices here.
this poor girl posting for her... beccah is probably out in the street, that's why it's so loud. who doesn't know why their baby is getting blood work done!? this chick is a psycho. i wish there was some way to get this info to the poor people who are naive enough NOT to google if it's a fake blog. GRRRRas an artist i'm pissed that she's one too! and i'm pissed that i'm using my other sign on instead of my norm for fear of hate traffic to my own blog. i'm so curious what mckmama thinks of this. of course she's too busy with her real baby with real problems to worry about this right now!thanks for posting the update for me! :)
people need to remember that she has been exposed and now she can only hurt us if we continue to believe her. i also hope that people make the right choices. it really isn't worth it. she has taken enough of my tears. i pray now that everybody can find peace in the fact that we no longer believe in her "story"
I back tracked and found a copy of the pictures that were posted here:http://www.mistyrice.me/Might be a nice addition to add here so everyone can see them.
It is her. her name was in the URL on her blog header and the artwork is hers. This pic is her own pic that she posted. The angle is weird, but it is the same girl. I haven't seen twitter so that I cannot say.
Keesler are you talking about the black and white pics?
I'm sorry. Look at the jaw line. The girl in the artists pictures, 4th over on top. http://www.seethroughmestudios.com/index2.php?v=v1 is precisely the one who is laying on the grass. how could you not think so? they are exact.
The newest update by Rachael just confirmed that this is all a bunch of BS. Have you ever read a blog written by a mom with a preemie or sick baby? It turns into a medical blog. You have to Google every word they say! Because every mom of a sick baby knows what tests are being done. I don't buy that B could be at the hospital and not know what is happening. That last update, for me, was more suspicious than any of the other posts. It was so vague. It just didn't make any sense at all. I really wish Raechel would say something. She HAS to know what is being said about B. She took down her own blog posts about her...why stay silent? This is so fishy.
Where was this pic posted? On the art blog?
I agree the girl in the artist pics is the same girl in the photo above. However, I would also agree that it is not the same girl on twitter...
Oh, also, where did the picture come from? You said it was posted on her blog. On the April Rose blog? Or does she have another one?
It was briefly posted on her April rose blog I believe.
i, like everyone else, would like to know if Raechel is involved, and how much, if at all any. i would feel bad if shes a innocent party. i would feel horrible. but like someone else mentioned here: Blogger Mamasita said... I have been sick over all the similarities between B and Raechel. I have thought of nothing else all day. Raechel used to live in Illinois, also lost a baby with Trisomy (9 not 13). What is strange is that Raechel's real baby had white blond hair, and so does April Rose. Raechel's baby was stillborn in April of last year. Obviously "April" is a big theme in B's blog. Either B totally ripped off Raechel's real experiences, or Raechel and B are somehow involved in this together, which I WANT to believe is not true. If Raechel is totally innocent in all of this, she needs to distance herself immediately. Because it definitely looks bad. Especially if her family is selling the shirts, etc. The sad thing is that this is going to hurt so many people: the next time there is a new blog about a sick baby or a prayer request, I am going to think twice and I HATE that. B and whoever else is helping her have really messed up. I hope she/they get the help they need. June 9, 2009 12:06 AM from gibson twin site.
mamasita--- she did a '30 minute show' for the picture of her. you had to see it in 30 mins or she took it down. just so everyone would see her 'face'.
so let me get this straight...when you get a reborn doll you get a kit and you paint it yourself and make it your own art, so to speak?
I wish they would just come out and tell the truth! I just want this all to be over!!
uggg I am so tired and can't sleep. This whole thing makes me sick. I just don't why she would do this. If "B" is Reachel maybe she is in pain over loosing her baby girl last year. I hope we find out the truth and the reasoning.
about the doll I mean
Healthcare professionals are also very reluctant to take a dying baby away from parents to run tests on it. No matter what tests you run, the baby will still have T13 and that will not change. If the baby was one that they gave birth to at home in order to provide comfort care and not have it surrounded by lights, and needles and all of that while it was dying, the doctors would be even more reluctant to separate it from the family.
well i would think you would have to be somewhat "artistic" to be able to make the baby look so real. and she definatly has that against her.
I think she may have purchased it from another person. I could be wrong, but I recognize the onsie and blanket on the doll. I know I have seen them somewhere. I have posted the pic on all the reborn forums that I belong to. I have to go to bed now! My children will be up early. I will not have the luxury of daddy being home tomorrow, but I will check in from time to time.
good night and please post if you hear anything from one of your forums!!
Ok, I've just taken a closer look at all of the pictures of her. The one she posted on her blog of her laying in the grass and the one on the see through me studios and the one on Facebook match however, the one on twitter is not her. It's not the same spelling of her name for one and if you click on the picture to enlarge it, that Becca Rose doesn't have the same defining features. Somewhat similar but definitely different. So we know who the writer of the blog is but that still doesn't tell whether or not April Rose is real or not. In the picture on the blog of her laying in the grass she definitely looks pregnant. I guess that doesn't really mean anything though. Ugh, I sure wish we knew everything. I'm tired of thinking about this.
Nicole--what it proves is that the original picture of april rose. is a doll. a doll that has been proved a doll on many 'reborn' message boards.i wonder if calling the hospital would help. she was smart and said she was having a home birth. you could call and ask for april rose, but what's her last name? we know b's last name, but not d's, and typically they are given fathers last name. i wonder.
i commented on the wrong post....i think that you can find her by name at the hospital because the last post said beccah wasn't feeling well either, so if you're at the hospital and need to get checked out i'm sure you have to get checked in!
Beccah Rose Beushausen via gibson twins
HER BLOG IS 150% GONE NOW.
Her WHOLE BLOG Is gone now....
Yep- just refreshed while reading comments and it's gone...just sick!I'm still holding out hope that the story isn't fake- but that since her identity was revealed, she pulled it. BUT, I'm not naive. Then, I wonder, WHY did she take the time to do "His Will Wednesdays" if she's a fraud? That had to take alot of time.I suppose we'll never know....
i think it is wrong to have this pic up. on thehowever minimal percent chance she is telling the truth. its just wrong. someone should take this down.
it doesnt make sense that she would do that and write all of those things. this girl obviously has a really good heart. it makes no sense otherwise.
Yes it dose sick people do sick things and need help many people have done this before and were just as convincing.
Either 1)She is a sick person doing this for monetary gain, or 2) She is a sick person whose lost a child and is now trying to re-create the experience hoping to change (in her mind) the traumatizing events she went through.
Her twitter is now gone to!! This is very sad!
http://www.mokenamessenger.com/Articles-i-2007-08-30-161476.112113_On_the_Spot_August_30_Edition.htmlPossible mother??I'm shocked..I wonder legally is there is anything that can be done..
i wrote to blogher (dot) com with hopes that exposing the fraud might lead to her NOT getting paid the $20,000 for all the blog traffic before it was shut down! don't know if that's legal but hopefully blogher has something about legit sites in their contracts! they do pride themselves on only allowing certain blogs to post their adds.... hopefully!
OH YEAH that's got to be her mother. or a relative. resemblance is uncanny!
Raechel and "B" have the same chin and like facial features. Also on Raechel's blog her posts about "B" and her sister Rebecca are one and the same, things that make you go hmmm....I think "B" and "Rebecca" are the same person... Raechel's sister. It looks like they're all in on this possible scam.
no, i know it seems as so, but this is labeled as raechels sister: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9EEBoJdYTxg/STNwNyB0raI/AAAAAAAAAX4/GYxjT32wprc/s1600-h/DSCF0238.JPG
I just got done looking over Raechel's blog. Interesting facts I found. She has a sister named Rebecca. Raechel in an August 2008 post said that Rebecca is pregnant.
My question is, is how in the world did Raechel (who is "hundreds of miles away") get a picture of "April" so quickly or at all. I highly doubt B just sent one to her considering she was "nursing her baby". The correlations between Raechel and B are just too much for me! It must be that they are either the same person or in on this one together. Seems like Raechel and her husband were making plenty of $$ from the shirts (and probably more)...Coreect me if I'm wrong please! I'm just trying to wrap my head around it all.
For those of you who questioned my posting of Beccah's picture. That picture of her on the grass was posted by her for a 30 min viewing on her April Rose blog. If she did not want people to see it she would not have posted it herself. Since she posted it I see no harm in it being here.
http://www.myspace.com/aprilrosemyspaceIs this her as well?
No. That is a Maxim model named April Rose. Same location though. Makes you wonder how big this thing really is. I am still trying to wrap my head around it all!
I don't want to think Raechel has Any part in the scam but may be it was all a ploy to get the "Brand Name" out there and make some money on the side?? I don't know what to believe here but I choice to believe still that Raechel is an innocent victim!!
the whole blog is gone now!!
In retrospect - Why I think she did "His will Wednesdays":#1) it was worth her time to type it all up, because of all the traffic it brought in, she therefore made more revenue from the ads on her site#2) she knew this gravy train was most likely going to be found out soon, and somewhere among all the legit prayer requests, she led us right to her next scam blog#3) to add credibility (same reason she threw MckMama's name around)I still can't believe how 100% fooled I was. I even got my husband to pray for her.June 9, 2009 9:04 AM
It's still all so much to wrap your mind around. My prayers last night were very differant I just prayed for everyone touched by this good and bad. Thats all I can do
She really didn't do much with his will I posted a prayer request and all she did was change a few words and copy and paste
That registry is in Kentucky though. I am trying to find out if she ever lived there
I was searching around on Reachel's site and her sister "rebecca" is trying to adopt babies from Africa and they have been raising money for awhile now. If Reachel is involved then maybe they were trying to raise money for the adoption. Just a thought. Reachel seems like such a nice person, I really hope she is not the one behind all this.
I am going to say for now that Ryan and Rachel were scammed as the rest of us were. I do want to respect their family and privacy unless they are proven to be involved in this. There has to be a missing piece that will clear this all up.
I think she works at Pass and this was a pro life con to get money for the pregnancy center and show people they can carry terminally ill baby's to term. I am very very pro life don't get me wrong but she kept talking and talking about it and raising money for it.
Unfortunately Raechel and Ryan are the only ones left to the scam. I don't mean they were directly part of it but there names are tied to it. It would be interesting at this point to see if there in fact is a baby April Rose with a Mother named Beccah in a hospital. It's weird to look up Beccah's name under whitepages.com, click on WIllie Beshausen, a 78 year old man, because he lives in Oak Lawn, IL and there you see a Daniel Beshausen. It can be a coincidence, I know. Look, I think we figured it out. Beccah and Dan's plan was to have April live a frail life and we were to send stuff constantly because they needed it and so did April. They messed up. They didn't research very well with regards to a high risk pregnancy, home births and midwives. Or take in account that some of us have had children AND unfortunately have had children with T9, T13 or even T18. Waking up and seeing the blog and twitter account down, it doesn't surprise me. When I didn't see the comments on Raechel's post move from 81 last night, I knew something was up. I'm sure they were just getting nothing but hateful comments. I did cliock on "flag blog" through Blogger and reported the April blog. I really hope that Blogher did something because it's interesting how long they went from when Raechel signed off because of her anniversary to Kelli's post the next morning, how many refreshes and hits that blog got. They made a killing.
PEOPLE STOP TRYING TO "FIGURE ALL THE DETAILS OUT" There are no details that you will "catch" her. It is ONE person that has created many elaborate details..including KELLI, RAECHEL AND EVERYONE INVOLVED. IT IS A MONEY MAKING SCHEME THAT WAS INVENTED TO CREATE THOUSANDS OF HITS ON THE BLOG. IT DID WHAT IT NEEDED TO DO. THE BLOG MADE THE 2 CENTS PER HIT - AT 1,000,000 HITS, THE GRAND TOTAL IS AROUND $20,000. I'd say thats worth the story thats been told. Remember the author on Oprah who admitted it was a fabrication of the truth to sell books. This is completely make believe. It is very very easy to get pics of the internet of babies, young pregnant mothers, mothers who have lost their children. PLEASE REALIZE THE WHOLE APRIL ROSE THING IS A SCAM ONLY STARTED FOR CASH.
am a doubter in general.... but beleived in her... Cynthiaa' s blog was a fraud way back then. That was obvious. I never e-mailed her about it, wasn't worth it. But now... I am heartbroken for somebody (April's 'mom' - whoever she is) who is emotionally ill. That is for sure. And how about Kelly? Did you find out anything about her? She was supposed to be there with them at their home during labor and delivery.. I clicked on her name (and felt fr sure then thathe story was real), but her blog wasn't public. Did you check on her? Just a suggestion...It seems like everybody is a good detective here.
You are right Kimberly. A lot of time and emotions were invested in April Rose. I think looking at the details is a way of coping with the shock. Thank you for pointing out it is a scam, we know. With MckMama's sister deleting the April Rose button off her website, I think I might know which way MckMama is going to go. Did MckMama have one too? If she did, she doesn't now.
I have read all of Raechels blogs...she seems like a beautiful person. However , people can do the craziest things during grief.i have noticed incredible similarities in the writing styles of "B" and Raechel...they are both so eloquent. So i can only see this as an either/or situation....either this "B" used Raechels story as a platform for her scam , and Raechel was duped....OR Rachael actually is "B"..perhaps she is going off the deep-end due to her grief?? Maybe there is some bitterness there that her sister is pregnant? Idk.... i hope I am wrong. I am just being a skeptic. Raechel seems like an amazing woman , BUT stranger things have happened...and people are known to go off the deep end in times of grief.
I have a question?
It's Ryan again.I keep telling myself that I am not going to get into this, but I hate to see my wife's name and extended family speculated about like this.I don't think anything I say is going to change your mind. At this point, I'm so NOT concerned with whether this is all real, but that 'my family' and 'scam/fraud' is being discussed in the same sentence.Here's the truth I can offer. Beccah is a real person. One that I don't know well, but do know. You've seen the proof. Beccah does exist. Whether everything about April Rose is legit, Raechel and I are trying to sort all that out. We don't want to jump to any conclusions and our goal is only to state what we know. So we're trying to be patient before we say anything else. Be patient with us, guys. We're looking for answers like the rest of you. Ryan
HERE IS THE CAKE TOPPER EVERYONE. I have tried to contact PASS - the pregnancy center that was receiving the donations. It is not real. Their email address is fake, their website is fake, you can not contact them. I hope this puts an end to this. I am 100% certain Raechel, B, D, Kelli are all one in the same. Be careful in the future.Take Care,Kimberly
Oh I remember when she had the hit contest and told every one to hit the blog as much as they could until 500000! I thought that was stupid and wondered then what the hell was going on!! Money was what was going on give something away you go for free get a bunch of money in return!!
"I am 100% certain Raechel, B, D, Kelli are all one in the same."Yep, me too.
Thanks for posting Ryan. As I stated above I am trying to respect you and your family and your privacy as well. I feel that you have much at stake here.
To kimberly You have got to be kidding me!!!!! I am calling them.
I needed that, thanks Ryan. I just want someone that was part of all this to say they are scratching his or her head as well. Thank you Ryan.
Ryan, your business and you and Raechel are all part of it. If you had a reputable real business, it would be in your best interest to distance yourself from all this and remove yourself from all the chatter. Instead, Raechel and yourself throw us little bites, which still makes traffic on your own blog, your company blog. Just disappear. Think of another good scam and start over. I suggest you go the cancer route, people always open their wallets for that type of tragedy.
Thank you Ryan! I know you all have nothing to do with this and I am so so sorry you are getting drug around in the mud! We are all hurt and just want answers.
Ryan,I know you guys are NOT involved. Please everyone let Reachel and Ryan sort this out. They have alot bigger pill to swallow than the rest of us. They were invested more so emotionally than the rest of us. I truely believe they thought they were doing something good in their daughters memory. I sure that helped Reachel get threw some of her own ache for her baby girl.Give them a break! They need alot more time to register this than most of us. This is personal to them.
I called the 800 number for PASS and got through...and when I googled it it came up in several directories...
I am on the phone with them now.
Just for the record. I know you all won't believe me. But my husband graduated with Raechel and Ryan. This may be a scam, but Ryan and Raechel are NOT IN ON IT. THey are good God-fearing people. Please do not accuse them of these things. If this is fake, they were scammed as much as all of you. And Ryan has the right to try to defend his family. Good for him. They did nothing wrong except befriend someone who they thought needed them. I understand you all are hurt and mad. But I am sure Ryan and Raechel are hurting too. PLease PLEASE do not accuse this family. They are as innocent as the rest of us.
I did talk to a person who sent me to another person. I left a message on her voice mail.
Wanted to say that there are so many people in bloggy and twitter land that think she had to remove her blog due to negitive comments! WAKE UP PEOPLE...GET OUT OF YOUR BUBBLE AND REALIZE THIS WORLD IS NOT A NICE PLACE...especially the internet!
SunshineI agree with you for now. Can we refrain from talking about Ryan and his family please. I didn't start this to accuse anybody except the blogger whom I believe to have only been Beccah. Lets take it easy on Ryan and Rachel unless they are proven to be involved.
Raechel , Ryan , "b' , "d" , Kelli = 1 big scam!Who on God's earth could be as naive as Raechel appears to be? I mean , she is talking with Beccah on the phone , a person that has had a baby with the same illness as hers....surely , it wouls not take this long for Raechel to click to the fact that this "Beccah" does not know much about the illness this baby supposedly has. There would be many details about possible medications and procedures that your average "layperson" could not fabricate.This is all a bunch of Bogus BS....and as much as I fully believed that Raechel is real....i don't now. What an unfortunate situation. I do believe in Karma....and as far as scams go , this is the lowest of low. I would much rather a person whack me over the head and steal my purse than use a fake infant with a terrible illness in order to take advantage of people with kind , loving hearts
I can not believe people would still believe this crap wow!
OK , for real then?? They are NOT involved?Thank God for that!!! I really did not want it to be them!!Sorry I accused them!
Nobody, The reason so many of us think Raechel and Ryan are involved is because NOBODY (aha! a pun!) could possibly believe this Beccah story. Who would be duped by it and not be involved?
I am not saying they aren't. I am not saying they are. Both sides have points. I just want to be sure. The truth is I have no idea.
6turners,' it wouls not take this long for Raechel to click to the fact that this "Beccah" does not know much about the illness this baby supposedly has'My wife is a sweet-hearted lady that has experienced loss and saw an opportunity for that to help someone else.Yes, it has clicked at this point. Yes, we are questioning all of this. Please stop speculating until we have a chance to make a formal statement. We're real people. We're not going anywhere.
Amy Lynn I agree with you. I just need to be sure.
I just tried to see the "little april rose" blog and it "no longer exists"....
Let's just remember that if Rachel is not involved then she will have been hurt by this more than anybody has.
I have an IRL friend who belongs to a mommy forum. There was someone on there who had faked an entire pregnancy. They had even met this person, had them over to their house! And, the entire pregnancy, baby bump, everything--was fake. People CAN be duped. As far as the Raechel/Ryan situation, I will reserve my opinion until I have more information. I believe it's entirely possible they were scammed, like everyone else was. As far as April Rose goes, I've had my doubts about it from the beginning.
Nobody, I understand not dragging Raechel and Ryan into this but 6turners has a point. I don't think Beccah is that good at scams....her scam failed royally! I will leave Ryan and Raechel out of it but I am sorry Ryan, something just doesn't seem right. Kimberly is right, he comes on and adds bits and pieces but no one has come out and said "whoa wait a minute". I realize all the big blog wigs are standing down because they don't want to get involved but I notice anyone that has had "contact" with Beccah, Dan or Kelli are not available. The dog lady was and now she isn't.
I'm not saying Raechel and Ryan are both in on it, or even that they are two separate people. It just doesn't make sense that anyone would fall for this story.
Here were my problems with the blog as they mounted:1. She (or someone) uses Angie Smith to get a shout-out on her (Angie's) twitter (Sweet Angie)2. Blog at time had only like 2 posts, however, blog is elaborately designed3. Gets very self rightous when called out on her fakeroo, remember this quote-"Folks, if this is a scam, it's a pretty ridiculous one if you ask me" THOSE WERE HER WORDS!!!!4. Super defensive about homebirth, safety, etc. I thought she was very smug.5. She claimed she was working with a social worker on the homebirth/comfort care. Would a social worker in IL even endorse something like this? It seems like a LOT of liability for a state licenced professional to take on.6. I thought she didn't quite have the "name" to sponsor those stupid t-shirts, she acted like she was some huge star endorsing them. 7.She really hated her dr. I mean REALLY REALLY hated him. If it was indeed Rachael blogging, that could have been her way of releasing anger concerning a dr that she HATED?8. The second or third post she did concerning fake accusations she stated "I am appalled" I thought she was protesting a bit much for someone throwing a blog out there, advertising, and hawking t-shirts. She really seemed to thrive on the way people would rush to her defense.9. The birth timeline was odd, to say the least. What Dr. would do this???10. I NEVER believed anyone recognized her in "Panera" or "Starbucks" or whereever it was...that was months ago and she was so tiny. If she was sitting at her computer, who could see the belly? Why would they think it was her? 11. The guest posts sounded just like her, down to the stupid italics and differnt color words. 12. The endorsement of MckMama and the namedropping! Oh the namedropping!13. I felt I could predict what was going to happen: Fall in love with D, D becoming a believer after baby born, D proposing, B+D together, BAM, a few months later and B is pregnant again! Who knows where this story could have gone?MAN, that was cathartic! I've been wanting to say this for WEEKS!!!!I hate that she used Angie Smith.
This is becoming all too common unfortunately. In the cystic fibrosis community, where I am very active, we had a woman perpetrate a scam over YEARS where she pretended to be a couple different people with CF. She had a newly found CF friend raise money for her transplant, even spoke with him on the phone. People pooled money and bought her a Wii. She had the "transplant" and got close to death... And then she was exposed and her blog disappeared.This blog was created after this CF faker, Blake/Pepe/whatever her name really was, was found out. It really sent shockwaves over our community as some of us had known her for YEARS. She perpetrated this for years! It was very upsetting.They have other scammers on that blog now too. Actually I do believe I will go post about the Little April Rose thing there, just in case. This is a blog set up to discuss Emily of the McDonald Five blog aka "Two Preemies and the Big Sister". Some of you may also have read her blog so I thought I'd mention it here. She was arrested last week for making her sick daughter Dakota MORE sick by putting feces in her central venous line. Dakota and Emily are very real, which means an actual little kid was harmed. The first post in that blog (at the bottom) details what occurred, since Emily's blog is now gone.Something needs to be done about these people. I have no idea what... But something needs to be done.
My inclination is to believe that Raechel and Ryan are victims in this. I think that Beccah saw an easy target and went straight for them. Their judgement could have been EASILY clouded by the grief that they felt at losing their own sweet baby. There is nothing on their blog that would lead me to believe that their story is not genuine.
If Reachel and Ryan are unsure if this is true why is the praying for April Rose still on her website? And all the other "b" stuff There are to many similarties between Reachals, her sister, "B" and Kellis stories. I want Reachel and Ryan to be scammed aswell because I thought they were such a sweet little family.
The button left Ryan and Reachel's blog a little bit ago.
I agree Prairie Momma, very predictable...it would have been good fiction!
Rebekah - I totally agree. SOMETHING needs to be done!!
I think it is odd that some of you people can't believe that Ryan and Raechel "were duped" and no one would believe them? You all did! We all did! Thats why we're here...we were all scammed (if the story is fake).
sunshine, there's a difference between being fooled by a blog on the internet and being fooled by a woman making up details on the phone.
I agree with you sunshine58375, I COMPLETELY fell for the whole story all these months. I never suspected ANYTHING. I think Raechel and Ryan are completely innocent. Just my 2 cents.
they must have taken it off as I was writing. I really hope they were scammed. But in the same sence are we just getting scammed again that they had nothing to do with this.
I still WANT this story to be real, but it's looking like I won't get my wish. :(My question is aimed toward Ryan and Raechel, and I'm NOT passing any judgement on them. While I feel duped, I couldn't imagine the pure PAIN they must feel if they were indeed tricked as well. My question is, was it ever discussed how they knew each other (B and R&R)? Did they go to the same college? I would certainly feel better knowing that "B" just appeared out of nowhere in their lives. My heart goes out to the fooled, as well as the fools.
Jennifer... I just wish I knew what could be done. Probably nothing. Though if this Beccah person is who we think she is, a call to the local district attorney might be in order.
That is her. I think that she can get in trouble for taking donations at her p.o. box. I know she didn't directly ask for them, but I know she got them.
I think Dateline should go hunt her down!
Yep, mail fraud.
Rebekah - I know, I keep wondering if there is anything we can do. It is so sad that people can get by with this kind of thing!!Has anyone else seen MckMama's tweets last night? Here it is if you haven't seen it. I'm very curious as to what she will say. I believe "B" claimed to talk with her on the phone at one point. So it will be interesting to see what she says, I think (though I'm not sure when "the time is right" is going to be!)...MckMama...Accidental Tweetage again. Sorry. Texting is not the same as Tweeting. Get it straight, MckMama!! But to answer the many burning questions..MckMama...that many of you have, the answer is YES, I do plan to share what I think about "the whole April Rose thing." When the time is right.
What am I missing? Who do you think she is?
Yeah, the accidental tweetage was mckmama tweeting to a friend (but sending it to Twitter by accident) about speaking with Raechel on the phone and her impression that it was some kind of scam.Mckmama has a lot more to worry about now, like her family and Stellan's health issues. But I hope she will give us her take on it soon.
FourBoyYou have seen her website right?http://www.seethroughmestudios.com/index2.php?v=v1
Here's another possibility... Beccah is not even "Beccah". It could be Tom and he needed some attention and borrowed Beccah's name, story, etc.You can be anything you want on the Internet.
Sunshine> I think the point is that Ryan and Raechel had "inside" information..as in , speaking directly with "B". But , like someone else mentioned , the grief may have led them to believe this Beccah...not to mention , if Raechel really is just "Raechel" (the sweet , articulate woman in grief)then sure , she does seem like a very trusting person... i really don't know where i stand.If i see Ryan and Raechel finally step up and agree that this is a terrible scam , then i will be inclined to believe that they aren't involved>>which is what i am hoping.I hate to say it for Ryan and Raechel , but if you run with dogs , you get fleas...so you cant really blame people for being so skeptical...if it were a formal investigation , they would be the first ones questioned for sure1
I know lainielou, we can even go as far as anyone one of us can be Beccah, Dan or Kelli. Hats off to the internet. Anonymous or having a name that is linked to an elaborate blog, doesn't matter. You can be anyone. I think that's why there is no way on this earth I would send money or gifts to a person I don't know. It's just my instinct. I am sad for those that had a heart and did. Unfortunate.
check out the "commissioned piece"http://www.seethroughmestudios.com/index2.php?v=v1pro life with a baby's hand prints.
For those of you that missed my post. Last night at the exact time she was supposed to be in the hospital her opening page of her website completely changed.
I saw that too. The last thing I would be worried about with a dying child at the hospital was my website!! Ugh just makes me sick to think of all the people out there who ARE grieving and have sick children, who really need our prayers!!!
Really? I must have missed that... The last straw for me was the blog being pulled!
What I think is really sad about this whole situation is that it is going to cause us to doubt everytime we see another situation like this...
[this is posted over http://is.gd/UW03 too]If I could throw my two cents into the action here.I've been a pretty casual observer of the aprilrose blog, mostly because I know R&R in real life and saw that they were involved with "B" and now I find myself falling into this rabbit hole of scams and deceit.If I could at least convince one of you that at this point if you all could pray for someone, that it's be for the Meyers family.They probably don't even know that I'm aware of this whole thing but, as a father myself, I can only for a small moment even begin to imagine the all out kicked-in-the-stomach pain that they are likely feeling this morning. Ryan & Raechel have some really big hearts and are honorable upstanding citizens in their church and community. For reasons that they felt were worthy (and we all did) they wanted to help someone that they felt they had a lot in common with. Now that is perhaps not at all the case.For what it's worth, I hope that as I vouch for them, some others will feel compelled to at least pray for them that they will receive comfort in the midst of this pretty confusing time.
Ryan just disabled comments on his page (http://uberryan.blogspot.com/) where he made (a vague) comment about the ordeal.
I sure do hope they are not involved in all this April Rose mess.
mapwalker, thank you for commenting but do Ryan and Raechel not know at this moment if this is truly a fake, is that what they are figuring out (hello?)? Was it that they lost all contact as of last night? Raechel supposedly spoke to Beccah and posted an entry. I know we are suppose to back off of the Meyers but what is there to figure out? Are they just starting a search into the scam, are they doing it themselves? Okay, too much coffee.
Why is Ryan and friends coming to THIS blog to tell everyone that they are "innocent" in this mess?? How did they find this....and why aren't they redeeming themselves on their OWN blogpages and twitter??? It's so contradictory....part of them is seperating themselves from this ordeal.....and the other part is still somewhat "supporting" this "B" woman. I don't get it.....and i pray that this is all uncovered so that no one else gets hurt...and so that the hurt that people are feeling does not deepen.
mpwalkerAs the creator of this blog I have asked that they be respected. Nobody has proof of their involvement. There have been some connections made, but I will not post them unless the right time comes along. As I stated before they will have been hurt by this more than anybody. I just pray and hope that they can clear up some of this when the time is right for them.
Mamaof2you are so funny! No more coffee for you.
I am glad I am not the only one that had doubts something about this whole thing stunk from the beginning and to think I felt bad for having doubtsI am so sorry to all who prayed cried and sent money...how was it found out that the "baby" was a doll? I am confused so much going on everywhere
Canadian Barb, I believe a lot of people who own the Avery doll recognized it.
I am sorry Nobody but I am reading from so many places with a lot of info about this and some stuff just came up that is not looking so good for the Meyers. There are too many things that can be considered pure coincidences. I still won't point fingers at them on your blog because you asked us not to but after reading a comment left on Ryan's blog and Gibson Twins blog and a bunch of forums....I am truly disappointed.
I know Nobody, I will lay off the caffeine because I start spouting off questions like someone is going to answer them. Feel free someone, if you know the answers though. Bummer.
I was never an avid follower of the blog, but I did visit it once or twice in the past.After getting Mckmama's tweet about April Rose being born, I checked the blog again but for some reason I couldn't comment, things weren't adding up or making sense. For some reason the blog didn't make me feel connected to the author, I was more intrigued by such an awkward story.When I saw the picture of "April Rose" I immediately wondered why she wasn't deformed. But after that, I didn't check on the blog again until this morning and it was gone. It's sad what people do for attention.Tellie.
Did the April Rose t-shirts really sold out or did Ryan simply stopped selling them? I must admit I really like the t-shirts. :)
thank you Amy Lynn
This has to be looked at very objectively here ... While Raechel may be completely innocent here , and a victim , just like everyone else , it is only natural for people from a very practicl standpoint to question everyone that had been involved with this "B" character. In a crime such as murder , the last person to be with the victim is the first suspect. So , as innocent as raechel may be , her fingerprints are all over this because she is essentially the one that is buries in this....she holds the key , because apparently she is on "speaking" terms with the scammer.I do believe that one is innocent until proven guilty , for sure , but in the meantime , i think it is perfectly normal for people to be suspicious of her involvement in this.most of us are really rooting for her to be innocent of all this....an will completely support her once this is all uncovered. But , they (R&R) should understand that no one is intendeing to be hurtful here....we are just seeking answers and the truth.
canadianbarbI have the doll right her in my house. That face is unmistakable!
mamaof2I have seen the connections trust me. I am holding out hope for them to not be involved though.
Sing it 6turners! I agree. It's only natural.
I haven't made up my mind about R& R yet but I tend to lean towards innocentoh my gosh to think I wrote to Aprils Moms and shared the sadness of growing up with a sister who is microencephalic, I watched my parents lives change forever and also my brother and I's and I shared all thatit's all so very sad... I hope all involved are charged
>Why is Ryan and friends coming to THIS blog to tell everyone that they are "innocent" in this mess??I don't know anything about anyones innocence, I'm just a character witness vouching for people I know hoping it helps.>How did they find this....and why aren't they redeeming themselves on their OWN blogpages and twitter???well, I've no reason to start a blog or spam my followers on twitter. Like I said, I've been casual follower and wasn't even aware there were conspiracy theories floating aroundHow did I find this blog? Like I said I kinda fell down into place. I had a thought this morning "Oh I wonder what's going on with that ApriRose thingy" and BAM! it's not there. I though, whoa, that's pretty shocking.Here's where twitter's search thingy goes into play.http://twitter.com/#search?q=april%20rosewill show all sorts of updates from followers of this whole thing including links to this very blog.search google to find out more about this "Fake" thinghttp://is.gd/UZoCturns out ya'll have been talking about this for a while... I honestly had no idea.As I am not as emotionally involved with this situation as you all were I just found it very interesting and even more so that people I know in real life are apparently involved while people who don't know anything have an ability to make huge judgement calls.My call is that R&R are fantastic people in real life and, if this thing is fake (which it may very well be), I'm going to make sure my prayers are focused on their family and safety from the trolls you have started to resemble.I'll go back to the sidelines now. Thanks for your time.
Perhaps if Ryan is real he will refund the money he made off the shirts.
I noticed this morning that I still had the Little April Rose blog open on my desktop computer, with the two entries, before it went away. I took a screen grab in case anyone missed it and would like to see:http://i40.tinypic.com/313hft5.png
Ryan made no money from the shirts. I can assure you Ryan and Raechel have been to hell and back suffering the loss of their daughter. B contacted them with her "story" and they felt obliged to help - no questions asked. That's just who they are. Ryan will share details as soon as he gets them himself! They probably have even more questions than all of you! Give them some time... Ryan is the best guy I know... he will sort it out.
Re my previous post, you can click on the image to zoom in most browsers. Sorry about that.
i got a shirt and i don't want my money back. i don't think ryan got anything for that shirt. and if he did it wasn't very much. i want to let it go. shame on me for believing "b's" lies. i don't feel bad for believing ryan and reachel!
Whether or not they made money, people shelled out money because Ryan and Raechel perpetuated this story.
I agree that we need to give them some time. If they are innocent victims in this (which I truly hope they are!), then they must be so hurt that "B" has used them like this. They need some time to think/sort through things.
Wow, did mpwalker just accuse me of resembling a troll? Hmm.
LOL, Mamaof2... I believe he did!
sorry, didn't mean to say you guys *are* trolls (I've had my moments for sure). just that PLEASE don't troll these folks.hope this all works out.
I am sure they are beyond hurt. As caring for B through her "pregnancy" I can only imagine has re-opened old wounds. Like I said, Ryan will get to the bottom of this... but he has to sort through all of the questions you have posed and MORE!
Anyone know if "Give em a break" is coming from the same IP that Ryan is?
Guys. Remember that we need to respect them please. The truth will come out. They lost their own daughter and were caused much pain by that. I know there are connections. Just give them a chance for now.
I understand what you are saying mpwalker but what about the 900+ followers that got screwed (some) financial and emotionally? They get no say? I know what trolling is but there has to be a place for us to vent such an emotional let down. I think it's interesting that all of a sudden all focus is on the Myers family. I still feel for all of those who were suckered into this and that includes the Myers (if they aren't involved directly because they are certainly involved indirectly with shirts, phone calls, blog entries, etc).
The focus WOULDN'T be on the myers family if you would all just be patient. The focus is on the myers' because that's where this blog got steered by all the commenters. Hang in there. And no, I am not coming from Ryan's IP address. I am just a concerned IRL friend.
"but he has to sort through all of the questions you have posed and MORE!" Huh, so he is taking note on all of the questions we have? And how do you know he is sorting through all this? Why isn't he focusing on Beccah and Dan? Why is he worrying about our questions here? Or on other various blogs? I'm done Nobody.
Why do I feel like I am waiting for a surprise?
I didn't mean he was reading this... I meant he has the SAME questions as you all have posted. And because he was "closer" to the situation he probably has even MORE questions. And on top of it all he is trying to protect his family. That's all.
what's up beccs!! Couldn't stay away huh ? lol you make some good points