I can’t recall when I first became aware of Razing Ruth, but I do know it was via the site Free Jinger, probably during 2011 sometime. I am very interested in Dominionism and patriarchical Christian cults, and Ruth and many who felt strongly about her situation posted at Free Jinger. I read all of Ruth’s posts on No Longer Quivering and occasionally skimmed her blog, but never paid a lot of attention to the posts about her on Free Jinger. I was more interested in Michael Pearl and his family and other very malignant Christian bloggers.
But I did read Ruth from time to time because her story was quite interesting. Ruth began blogging in 2009. The impetus to start her blog seems to have come from her posts on the site Television Without Pity, where she discussed her own experiences in a Quiverfull family in the Duggar family threads under the name “ofduggar.” She eventually started her own blog and linked to it in the Duggar forum so that she could share her experiences, and she eventually built up a nice number of people reading her. I will share direct links to all of this information in a later entry.
Ruth spoke of fleeing from her ATI family at age 17 and the troubles she had experienced trying to assimilate into a secular world after years of emotional, spiritual, and physical abuse that came from living in a legalistic, fundamentalist Christian cult. Her blog expressed her travails in college, her poverty, her engagement and the dissolution of that relationship, and the troubles she faced from her family. She placed a tip jar on her site and eventually began to ask for contributions on a semi-regular basis.
Everyone seems to have a moment wherein they realized Ruth was likely not telling the truth about her life. My own moment came when I read that her teenaged sister, made pregnant at an ATI convention, had fled her family six months pregnant and came to Ruth for help. When she had the baby, she adopted it out to a lesbian family. Of course all of that could be true, but nothing about it had the ring of truth. “Yeah, whatever,” I thought and I stopped reading Ruth.
But about two weeks ago, the topic of Ruth came up on another forum I follow, called Get Off My Internets. In the discussion of Ruth, someone brought up that she had said on TWoP that she had been a mother, and in very clear language said she had given birth to her own child. Throughout all of Ruth’s blogging on NLQ and Razing Ruth, she had never mentioned that she had given birth to a child. For some reason, this detail just poked at my brain until I found myself doing what I do so often – researching.
Within 20 minutes of research, I knew Razing Ruth was probably a fake blog, but it took a bit longer to realize that this was more than just another “Catfish” blog wherein someone passes him or herself off as another person. People were emotionally invested in her story. People had worried about her. People had given her large sums of money when she asked for help. So I posted my concerns on Free Jinger and within an hour after that post, I had so much evidence that Razing Ruth was likely a fake that I had to keep looking into the case. I had never heard of PossumMomma, Penn Mommy, Jhawksgirl1, Scarlett75 and others, but as I found links and more links, and as more and more people sent me information, I realized that the woman behind Razing Ruth had been engaging in Munchausen by Internet and/or malingering online for money since 2006, using a host of names and blogs. Munchausen by Internet is when a person fakes accidents, illnesses or tragic life events for attention. Such people are generally to be pitied because even though they behave like emotional vampires, a great psychological emptiness causes them to create fake identities and fake situations. They just need the attention that badly.
But malingering is something else entirely. When a person is malingering, they are faking an illness or a tragic situation for some financial gain. It can be as simple as calling in sick to work when you want to go to the movies or as complicated as creating a fake, pregnant sister who, after giving her baby to a lesbian couple, wants to go to Disneyland to cheer herself up so please send money. While there is often a psychological component to malingering, it’s just more loathsome than people who pretend for attention. It’s equally as exploitative as Munchausen by Internet, but verges into illegal behavior.
I will be discussing all the evidence I have in a number of entries because to present it all at once would be a horrible thing to do to readers and nearly impossible for me to pull off. There are at least eight years worth of information all over the Internet under various user names to sort through. And the information has been coming out at such a pace that I can’t even keep up with the threads on Free Jinger. So splitting all the information up into numerous entries is the best I can do and I hope people can be patient as I write up my findings.
I intend to prove with circumstantial evidence and direct evidence that a woman by the name of Christina Izer-B*, also called Chris Izer-B* is behind the following identities and the Internet content associated with them: Razing Ruth, PossumMomma, Penn Mommy, Scarlett75, Jhawksgirl1 and a couple of lesser identities that pop up along the way.
I will be proving my case through text evidence from the blogs themselves, IP information, correlations between the blogs, court records and more. The IP evidence relies on evidence given but not shown because most of the places that have IP information have TOS and legal concerns that prevent them from revealing the whole of their investigations. That may be upsetting to some people but I will endeavor to provide more than IP evidence to show that Chris Izer-B* has been running fake blogs for almost a decade.
Some may wonder why I care and I address this in the about me and the site purpose parts of this blog, but to repeat, it’s appalling how long these scams have gone on. Because various sites that uncovered these scams had strict policies about “outing” people, there was little they could do but simply tell people that a scam had taken place. The information behind the scam and the name of the woman responsible could not be shared, and as a result Chris Izer-B* knew she could continue these activities with impunity. People spent many hours agonizing over Ruth and PossumMomma, and sent both identities money. The sums collected, from just what I can track down from people who admit sending money, is a five figure sum. That’s significant and it’s troubling because Chris Izer-B is college-educated and, despite all the physical ailments the various identities claim to have, quite able-bodied.
But even so, all I want to do is to inform people. If you personally think there’s no harm in creating fictitious identities to get money from people, while telling them stories that scare and upset them, that’s your call. My goal here is to make you aware of who this woman is and to stand as a place wherein all the research about Chris Izer-B* is collected into one place. Everyone has to make their own decisions on the information they read.
I have contacted Chris Izer-B* and asked her to please contact me so we could hear her side of the story but I have not heard back from her. I also ask everyone reading this to be respectful of Chris’ family and I beg everyone to avoid any sort of harassing behaviors toward Chris or those who may support her.
One last but very important thing before I begin to show my case: There is a woman named Christine B* who shares the same name as the scammer I will discuss here. She is approximately the same age, lives in the same city, and for some bears a ballpark resemblance to Chris Izer-B*. She is a wholly different person than Chris Izer-B* and has no involvement in any way, shape or form with this case. Chris Izer-B*’s first name is Christina – the woman who works in the media is Christine B*. That alone should help differentiate the two women, but for those who may begin their own investigations as a result of anything they see posted here, please bear in mind that Christine B*, who works in the media in Bakersfield, is not the woman discussed on this site.