Wedding season is upon us. It’s understandable that some people get cold feet, but this guy went to extremes to avoid getting married — by faking his own death.
Tucker Blandford, 23, met his bride-to-be, Alex Lanchester, in August 2012 at a college in Connecticut. They hit it off and quickly fell in love.
Lanchester, from the United Kingdom, was studying abroad for a year. When that year was up, they shared a tearful goodbye at the airport, where Blandford got down on one knee and proposed.
They were to be married on Aug. 15. Lanchester spent over $1,000 on wedding invitations, the photographer, the wedding dress, and other preparations. Blandford even booked a venue on the campus where they had met.
Then one day Lanchester got a phone call from a man identifying himself as Tucker’s “dad,” saying his son had been depressed and had “thrown himself in front of a car,” ending his life.
Devastated, she called Tucker’s mother to offer condolences. Tucker’s mother told Lanchester that her son was in fact alive and well.
Tucker later admitted that he had impersonated his father on the call. He told a reporter at the UK’s Daily Mail: “I’m a terrible, awful person. I know I shouldn’t have told her I was dead, but I didn’t know what else to do. Alex is an amazing girl, but I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship.”
Lanchester is moving on from all this and is back in the United States, traveling.