David and Emma Bridgley continue to pluck at the heartstrings of Scotland and the world through their one (that we know of) still active Twitter account, @SWS_YOUTH. They’ve had 21 different Twitter accounts since early 2011, as we showed in our previous story about this odd couple.
The Bridgleys have blocked everyone who has questioned their activities, which is a shame because we have two more questions for them. Well, for David, anyway
What happened to his first daughter, Rhiannon?
He lists her as having died on May 7, 1993, which is a fact he neglected to mention in the fluffy little feature the Standard did about him and his long-lost love Emma Hearn reuniting in marriage. He mentioned he had a child who died in 2006. His name was Christian, and he claimed in his various charity pleadings that Christian died of asthma in 2006.
But an even bigger surprise was in store for David when Emma revealed she had been pregnant with his baby when he left the care home.
“It turns out we’d had a son who is now 18,” David said.
“He was taken from Emma by social services and adopted.
“But we’ve been in contact with Ben through letters and photos, and he’s the spitting image of me.
“It felt quite strange when I found out about him.
“Me and my first wife had a son who died in 2006 aged only nine, so Ben was a bolt from the blue.
“We were both young and naive when we first met, but I’m so happy we’ve been able to find each other again and start afresh.”
We’ll get back to Christian in a moment.
First, let’s deal with the child that David forgets to mention but then tries to raise money over (unsuccessfully, it seems), the sweet little Rhiannon Bridgley who entered and departed the world on the same day, May 7, 1993.
She’s the first picture in the slideshow. It looks like she’s asleep, so peaceful, so quiet, so…
Look at the baby’s color. A nice, robust, healthy skin tone. Odd thing about stillborn babies? They don’t come out that color. They look like the second photo in the slide show. Either purple or blue. Look at the dead baby’s fingernails.
So then, David’s claims of stillborn Rhiannon seem to be a little, if you will pardon the pun, pale. Was she born and died later in the day? Who was the baby’s mother, since David did not marry Emma until 2010, and the Standard’s fluff piece says he was separated from his wife, Carmen, at the time. Where is she now?
This photo of poor, dead little Rhiannon seems more like a stock or Flickr photo of someone’s quite alive and sleeping child that someone lifted from a site somewhere. Most parents who want to publish photos of their dead children make sure the viewer can see the face. On this photo — the only photo identified as being Rhiannon Bridgley, we get a nice look at her diapered little hiney. And her perfectly pink legs.
Our detectives are scouring the web, searching Flickr and Shutterstock and all the other photo archives to see if we can find a picture of this baby on someone else’s site. We’ll let you know if we find any.
But back to Christian.
Poor little Christian Bridgley. David says he died of asthma in 2006. He was 9 years old.
A Google search for the name “Christian Bridgley” comes back with four entries. One is a “Just Giving” charity page where someone was trying to raise money in Christian’s name. (Again, unsuccessfully.) The other three reference David’s entry in a contest
And there is not one picture of the child on the Internet. Not one.
How many of the people reading this article right now have a 9-year old child who does not have his or her picture on the Internet? No Facebook account for Christian Bridgley. Not a MySpace or Twitter account. Nothing.
Does anyone find it a bit odd that a parent trying to raise money off the memory of his late child does not have a picture of their happy, bright-eyed, taken-from-us-too-soon 9-year old online? Anywhere?
Added to the weirdness, an e-mail we received this morning that appears to be “libel bait.”
Someone wrote to us suggesting that we investigate “Lord Bridgley”, saying that he was Bridgley’s cell mate until Bridgley was released from prison in June 2012. Problem. Bridgley was being quoted in newspaper stories in February 2012 and there is no mention of his having ever been in prison. We believe someone wanted us to write a story claiming that Bridgley had been imprisoned for kidnapping for three years and was released in June after serving a year and a half for good behavior. We wrote back to the individual who sent the e-mail (from an anonymous web mail account) and haven’t gotten a response.
Nor do we expect one.
We would love to hear from David. We would love to contact his ex-wife, Carmen, to get her take on all of this. We would love to know why David did not mention poor little Rhiannon in his 2010 story in the Standard. And we would like to know why there are no pictures online of his late 10-year old son. Perhaps our readers might wish to contact them through their Twitter account to raise these questions? Do let us know what you find out.
It all seems… so…
UPDATE: No sooner had we pressed the “send” button on this story, we received an e-mail purporting to be from David Bridgley.
From email@example.com, he writes:
Remove the picture of my daughter from your Twitter. If you continue to harass myself and my family, I will take legal action against you.
Well, we felt an immediate response was due.
Who’s harassing you? Not me. I have no contact with you whatsoever since I’m blocked from your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
And the baby picture stays where it is until you answer some questions. What I am doing is perfectly legal.
1. Can you prove that’s your daughter?
2. Why did you not mention the daughter in the Standard story about you and Emma getting back together?
3. Was she stillborn or did she die later that day?
4. Why do you continue to lie about your MBE?
5. Why do you continue to lie about whether or not you are a legitimate charity?
6. Why do you constantly threaten people?
Sorry, Dave old boy. The picture stays where it is. And it’s perfectly legal unless you can prove you own the photo and even then, as a journalist, I can use it under the fair use provisions of copyright law.
You don’t scare me, Dave.
Then we thought of a couple more questions.
Oh, Dave? Now that we’re communicating like chums? I have a few more questions that would go a long way toward clearing this whole mess.
1. When did you divorce Carmen?
2. Where is she now, did she remarry? What is her new last name? How can I get in touch with her?
3. Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness of any kind?
4. Are you aware of anyone named “Paul Jenkins”?
5. Why did you pretend to kill yourself?
6. Why do you block people who ask you perfectly legitimate questions?
7. Sorry to hear that the disco has been canceled. Poor health? Who is sick? What’s the illness?
That will do for now.
FURTHER UPDATE: HIS LORDSHIP RESPONDS!
David deigned to reply to a few of our questions before scurrying back underground.
I divorced Carmen in 2010 following a 5 year seperation. I have no idea where she is living or if she has married again.
I have had a mental illness for 20 years which is medicated.
I have never heard of sombody called Paul Jenkins.
I never pretended to kill myself. The 1st we knew of the event was when it was shown on Twitter.
I have blocked people as our account is private and I don’t want you all following us.
The events have been cancelled as we are moving abroad in the next few weeks and no longer run Bridgley Foundation.
We pressed him further…
Good start. Although the “Someone hacked our twitter” gets kind of old after awhile. You’ve had 21 accounts in the past year or so.
Can you prove that’s your daughter?
Why did you not mention your daughter in the original story with the Standard?
If you are moving, why does your Facebook account say “due to poor health” the disco is canceled?
Why do you threaten people? Is that part of your mental illness? Does your mental illness have a name?
If you are no longer running the Bridgley foundation, why is SWS_Youth still operating?
Why do you pretend to be an MBE when the Standard proved you to be a fraud?
Why are there no pictures of Christian online?
He responded again — partially.
Emma has a number of mental health issues.
Rhiannon was Emma’s daughter and NOT mine. She was the twin of her daughter Tessa.
Christian was my son with my ex-wife. He passed away in 2006 while on holiday in Turkey.
We pressed him further.
Why is the child named Rhiannon Bridgley?
Why are there no pictures of Christian online?
Most parents when they take a picture of a dead child, they get a photo of the face. You posted a picture of the baby’s diaper.
So, does Emma still have custody of Tessa? Although she would be 18 by now.
Why did you post a picture of a living baby? Where did you get the picture?
Should people who have mental health issues be playing at trying to help kids with suicidal tendencies when there are professionals to do that?
Do you realize the danger you are putting these kids into?
Is Leona an actual person? She writes a LOT like Emma.
Let’s keep it going David. We’re doing fine.
He responded again and began to seem belligerent.
I think I have given you the information you want. We are no longer running Bridgley Foundation, Are leaving the country in November to live in Malta and SWS_YOUTH is run and managed by our office and NOT by myself and Emma.
Leona is a 18 year old girl living in Wolverhampton. Whe was befriended by Emma online and we are meeting her on Wednesday morning in Glasgow.
If you want any further information, feel free to call my office and I will give you the information, that way the call is recorded and I can keep a record of the exact conversation and not your edited version.
I will not be answering anymore questions on the matter and will delete any further messages.
So, I offered an olive branch.
You have not answered all my questions. I do not have the capability to call you. There is a way to have a record of our conversation. Save the e-mails we exchange. Or, unblock me and we can chat via DM.
These are the questions that you have not answered.
1. Why are there no pictures of Christian anywhere online?
2. Why did you put a picture of a living baby on your site for a child you had nothing to do with. You and Emma were not together in 1993, so why is the child named Rhiannon Bridgley?
3. I am copying your e-mails word for word. Is paranoia part of your particular mental illness?
4. Why do you always come down to threatening people and their loved ones?
Either answer those questions, or unblock me from SWS_Youth and allow us to have a DM chat.
You’re not hurting me by not answering these questions, David. You are hurting yourself.
Wondering… We had our own chat with Leona, as referenced here. Should the Glasgow authorities be advised that she is traveling to Glasgow to meet with two people with self-admitted mental illnesses? Mayhaps an e-mail to the Glasgow authorities would be in order.