As I write entries here, I generally don’t feel moral indignation. I’ve mentioned it before, but I never sent Chris money and I was never that emotionally involved in Ruth’s story. It’s nice having this site stand as a resource for those who may realize they were scammed by Chris, past or future, but I write here because I enjoy the topic – this really is one of the more involved Internet scams and it never seems to end. It’s just so interesting to me – the psychology behind Chris’ actions, the way she spun her stories, the methods she used to fleece people.
But these e-mails Isabelle sent me caused me to feel like perhaps I am offering some vindication to the people whom Chris maligned behind the scenes with her lies. As we have seen in comments from people who knew Chris’ family, a fair number of people thought Michael B* was a complete bastard because of what Chris had to say about him. These behind the scenes machinations on Chris’ part are a piece of the whole puzzle in terms of how she operates, but it was hard not to be angry seeing the outright lies Chris said about her ex. It was foul seeing her deny the racist comments she has made about her ex-husband’s new wife and her son. It was gross seeing her accuse Mike of training the kids against her. It was upsetting to see how she completely misrepresented her life – as if a whisk going missing in that pile o’crap she called her home was evidence that Mike was gaslighting her. It was all just so yucky.
It was all the more yucky given that Chris’ version of her husband is far different than the one she painted later. Of course, when your husband blindsides you by filing for divorce, your opinion of him is going to change. There’s no way around that and Chris’ reaction in that regard is perfectly understandable. But there is a pretty wide chasm between “he’s perfect/I can’t believe the bastard blindsided me like that” and “he’s perfect/he’s the devil incarnate and is out to destroy me.” This last e-mail Isabelle sent me shows that two months or so before Mike filed for divorce, Chris was still operating very much in the realm wherein Mike was a good guy. I think it was because he is a pretty good guy – he was just didn’t want to be married to a woman like Chris any longer.
It also shows the lengths Chris will go to in order to paint herself in a positive light. Perhaps it’s because I have no children myself and therefore suffer from a sort of sentimentality where kids are concerned, but there is something especially unsettling about how Chris uses her kids in lies. In a sense, I can almost understand the lies we are about to cover in this e-mail – she lied to cover up the fact that she could not be bothered to be a good mother because she was online pretending to be a Gosselin insider with a dying/dead son. I guess in a way this is better than Chris making up crap about P1 to make herself seem like the Mama of Geniuses, but it’s still just… gross.
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