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More Parental Kidnapping! Parents Kidnap Adult Bride from Her Wedding

Julianna and Perry MyersHold onto your hats, folks – we have MORE news of parents kidnapping their own adult children! Thanks to Nicholas and Lola Kampf for kicking off this latest trend in parental stupidity, in which moms and dads who could stand to work on their control issues attempt to save their offspring from themselves. Now, Lemuel and Julia Redd of Salt Lake City, Utah don’t quite make the Worst Parent Ever bar set by the Kampfs, who tried to have their daughter’s fetus vacuumed out of her womb against her will. But worry not, Mr. and Mrs. Redd: there’s still a nice, hot circle of Hell reserved for folks who kidnap their daughter-bride and make her miss her own wedding. The Redds told Julianna Redd that they were taking her shopping, and instead drove her 240 miles away from the temple where her wedding was scheduled to commence in only a few hours.

No motive is given for her parents’ rabid distaste over watching their girl get hitched. Perry Myers, the husband of the 21-year-old young woman (they married four days after the kidnapping), says he doesn’t think it has anything to do with him. It rarely does, dude. Suffice it to say, your in-laws are whackjobs, and you’re stuck with ’em for the rest of their natural lives. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like Perry will have to worry about awkward conversations over the Thanksgiving table any time soon: Mr. and Mrs. Kidnapper faces up to 15 years in prison for their crime. By the time they’re done serving time, the 50-something couple will be on death’s doorstep. Whew! Talk about dodging a bullet there…

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  1. I find the story to be strange on several matters. The first being, it seems that the husbands family was filing the kidnapping charges and that she went along with them. If I had a major issue with the a fiancee’s parents prior to getting married, I would think that it would be important to discuss these things as opposed to pressing charges.

    I tend to be traditional in the way I view marriage anyway. I mean the parents did invest 21 years into a persons life to make who she is, if both have them have serious enough concerns, to take her away for a couple of days, there must be something going on. Something fairly serious. I wouldnt rush to judge them. Family get togethers will be interesting from now on…to say the least. If they dont drop the charges, they are heartless.

  2. I find the story to be strange on several matters. The first being, it seems that the husbands family was filing the kidnapping charges and that she went along with them. If I had a major issue with the a fiancee’s parents prior to getting married, I would think that it would be important to discuss these things as opposed to pressing charges.

    I tend to be traditional in the way I view marriage anyway. I mean the parents did invest 21 years into a persons life to make who she is, if both have them have serious enough concerns, to take her away for a couple of days, there must be something going on. Something fairly serious. I wouldnt rush to judge them. Family get togethers will be interesting from now on…to say the least. If they dont drop the charges, they are heartless.

  3. She was an adult, Shi Yu. Her parents’ “investment” doesn’t mean dick. She’s not a mutual fund, for God sakes.

    If her parents took her against her will, then they committed a crime. Their reasons for committing a crime are irrelevant.

  4. She was an adult, Shi Yu. Her parents’ “investment” doesn’t mean dick. She’s not a mutual fund, for God sakes.

    If her parents took her against her will, then they committed a crime. Their reasons for committing a crime are irrelevant.

  5. I agree, with Zero Boss. Just because they “invested” in her life doesn’t give them the right to take her against her will.

    There are very controlling parents out there who, for no rational reason, do not want to give up rights to their children. I have parents, my mother especially, who are very controlling. I’m almost 30 and if I lived with them they wouldn’t care. They would love it if I reported to them 24/7 where I am and what I’m doing. It has nothing to do with anyone. It’s just that they have a mental illness. They’ve wrapped their whole identity around being a mommy or daddy. When the kids grow up, they don’t want to loose that. They feel abandoned and not needed. It’s sad, but a very real thing. It is seeming to affect the baby-boomers for some reason. There are several support groups about this out on the internet.

  6. I agree, with Zero Boss. Just because they “invested” in her life doesn’t give them the right to take her against her will.

    There are very controlling parents out there who, for no rational reason, do not want to give up rights to their children. I have parents, my mother especially, who are very controlling. I’m almost 30 and if I lived with them they wouldn’t care. They would love it if I reported to them 24/7 where I am and what I’m doing. It has nothing to do with anyone. It’s just that they have a mental illness. They’ve wrapped their whole identity around being a mommy or daddy. When the kids grow up, they don’t want to loose that. They feel abandoned and not needed. It’s sad, but a very real thing. It is seeming to affect the baby-boomers for some reason. There are several support groups about this out on the internet.

  7. Oh, I didn’t mention that my mother thinks what this woman’s parents did is okay.

    She said that they just wanted to talk to her. If she wanted to get away she could have so it wasn’t really a kidnapping.

    So, I’m not married yet, but I know that my mother would think nothing wrong with attempting to break up a wedding. On no grounds either. She doesn’t understand that parents, once a kid is of age, have no say on what their kids do. I think it doesn’t matter if a parent doesn’t like a kids spouse. As long as they don’t do drugs, drink excessively, cheat or beat the person, it’s no one’s business. My parents, however, are ones that if a person isn’t a certain religious affiliation, they want nothing to do with them.

    I wonder if that’s the reason the girl’s parents didn’t want her getting married. Could be.

  8. Oh, I didn’t mention that my mother thinks what this woman’s parents did is okay.

    She said that they just wanted to talk to her. If she wanted to get away she could have so it wasn’t really a kidnapping.

    So, I’m not married yet, but I know that my mother would think nothing wrong with attempting to break up a wedding. On no grounds either. She doesn’t understand that parents, once a kid is of age, have no say on what their kids do. I think it doesn’t matter if a parent doesn’t like a kids spouse. As long as they don’t do drugs, drink excessively, cheat or beat the person, it’s no one’s business. My parents, however, are ones that if a person isn’t a certain religious affiliation, they want nothing to do with them.

    I wonder if that’s the reason the girl’s parents didn’t want her getting married. Could be.

  9. Frankly, I’ve had problems with interferring parents before. I hope the Utah justice system throws the book at the parents, what they did was WRONG, period! What’s more, when you see her parents on the talk shows, they as much as admit they premeditated all they did, they knew they were wrong, but were desparate. I believe the daughter when she says, it was a matter of her mom being in control, and she says her mom needs help; I believe her, and not only that, since her dad went along with it, he needs help too!! I hope that this trial sends a message to ALL parents that they can’t pull such CRAP with an adult child! For my detractors, yes, I have a daughter, and I hope I’m NEVER like that with her, may I be SHOT if I ever am! Erica, I agree with all you said!!

  10. Frankly, I’ve had problems with interferring parents before. I hope the Utah justice system throws the book at the parents, what they did was WRONG, period! What’s more, when you see her parents on the talk shows, they as much as admit they premeditated all they did, they knew they were wrong, but were desparate. I believe the daughter when she says, it was a matter of her mom being in control, and she says her mom needs help; I believe her, and not only that, since her dad went along with it, he needs help too!! I hope that this trial sends a message to ALL parents that they can’t pull such CRAP with an adult child! For my detractors, yes, I have a daughter, and I hope I’m NEVER like that with her, may I be SHOT if I ever am! Erica, I agree with all you said!!

  11. I think it’s outrageous what these parents did. They have every right to voice objections and counsel against something they see as a mistake, but regardless of being a crime, they shouldn’t have interfered the way they did. Sometimes kids need to feel like they have independence and freedom even though they don’t always use it responsibly. If a kid feels like they don’t have those things, they’ll resist until they get it. Once they have it, they tend to learn to use it responsibly.

  12. I think it’s outrageous what these parents did. They have every right to voice objections and counsel against something they see as a mistake, but regardless of being a crime, they shouldn’t have interfered the way they did. Sometimes kids need to feel like they have independence and freedom even though they don’t always use it responsibly. If a kid feels like they don’t have those things, they’ll resist until they get it. Once they have it, they tend to learn to use it responsibly.

  13. I married at 37 and didn’t tell parents until it was absolutely necessary because they too are crazy controllers. We don’t have holidays, we have “family hostage events.” I did my best to inform the poor groom of what he was getting into. He has been a saint. We can only sustain anything like normalcy by keeping contact to a minimum. I hope they all get some help, but parents like that don’t think there is anything wrong with themselves. You have to recognize that there is a problem before you can fix it.

  14. I married at 37 and didn’t tell parents until it was absolutely necessary because they too are crazy controllers. We don’t have holidays, we have “family hostage events.” I did my best to inform the poor groom of what he was getting into. He has been a saint. We can only sustain anything like normalcy by keeping contact to a minimum. I hope they all get some help, but parents like that don’t think there is anything wrong with themselves. You have to recognize that there is a problem before you can fix it.

  15. I think maybe the parents thought that they were just trying to keep her from making a mistake. I don’t really see this as a big deal.

  16. I think maybe the parents thought that they were just trying to keep her from making a mistake. I don’t really see this as a big deal.

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