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Police In Alabama Uncover Gruesome Incest Ridden Family Sex Ring

November 3, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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According to the Daily News, the last time anyone has seen missing 19-year-old Brittney Wood, she was with her uncle Donnie Holland the night of May 30, 2012.

 

Image courtesy of brittneywoodphotography.blogspot.com

Image courtesy of brittneywoodphotography.blogspot.com

Holland, who was under investigation for horrific sex crimes at the time had committed suicide.

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The case of the missing 19-year-old has uncovered a disturbing family sex ring involving an Alabama family.

The investigation that followed has publicly revealed what police say is a dark, twisted tale of perversion in the working-class neighborhoods and piney backwoods of coastal Alabama, the Daily News reports.

Police said Eight of Woods’ adult relatives and three family friends have been charged with a slew of felonies in two counties as members of an incestuous ring that authorities say shared children for group sex.

Prosecutors say Holland was the leader of what has been described as the largest sex ring ever uncovered in Alabama. Wood was a victim and likely key witness.

“Brittney could have been huge,” said prosecutor Teresa Heinz. “She could have corroborated so many things.”

Wood is presumed dead, but authorities haven’t found a trace of her and no one has yet to be charged in her disappearance.

Although prosecutors don’t have Wood to testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already have pleaded guilty to sex charges and jurors this month convicted a friend of Holland’s of multiple sex charges in the first trial. Others – including the missing teen’s mother, Chessie Wood, and two aunts – await trial.

Wendy Wood Holland and Mendy Kent - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Wendy Wood Holland and Mendy Kent – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Chessie Wood denied the allegations she committed any offense, but confirms that some of her closest relatives are guilty of abusing children, including the sexual abuse of her daughter.

“There are innocent people in this and there are guilty people in this,” Wood, 39, said in an interview. “I don’t know how the judicial system is going to figure it all out because they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed.”

Chessie Wood, who is accused of having sex with a young female relative, said she had no idea what was going on in the family until after her daughter’s disappearance.

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Image courtesy of wkrg.com

“The No. 1 thing here is to find Brittany. The No. 2 thing is to get all these sick (people) off the streets,” she said.

Prosecutors admit they are making plea-bargain offers as well as getting ready for more trials, but questions remain.

The Alabama welfare workers are being criticized heavily as to why they never pursued charges even though there were multiple complaints about the family, which date back six years.

“You’d be surprised how many of them had prior allegations. Nothing happened,” said Heinz, an assistant district attorney in Baldwin County. “You have to wonder what wouldn’t have happened to these children if something had been done. And Brittney might still be alive.”

According to the Daily News, the ring is said to be so big that officials don’t know exactly how many kids inside and outside the family might have been victimized; estimates range from 11 to 16 children who were as young as 3 or 4 when they were first molested or made to watch adult relatives during drug-fueled orgies.

The children of the suspects have all been placed in foster care or with relatives who weren’t involved in the crimes.

Brittney Wood isn’t the alleged victim in any of the cases filed so far; each involved other young people, mostly within her family. But the investigation mushroomed only after she was reported missing and her uncle Donnie had died.

Authorities believe group sex and child sexual abuse goes back three generations in two families that merged when Holland married Wendy Wood, Chessie Woods’ sister.

“Donnie was the manager. He’d say, ‘I’ve got this child and this adult, come on over,'” said Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson.

Brittney Wood is believed to have led a life that was troubled long before her case was reported to the public and her photos were posted on social media

Wood was a single mother of a daughter born when she was 17. She was reportedly molested as a child by a step-grandfather who ended up going to prison for the crime, said Patterson.

Before she went missing, Patterson said, Wood was abusing drugs and carried a gun for personal protection while she stayed in multiple homes of relatives. Most often depending on others to care for her daughter.

The Daily News report states that A relative reported Holland for allegedly abusing one of the family girls in February 2012, authorities said, and word spread through the clan. Private Facebook messages provided to the Associated Press by Stephanie Hanke, Brittney Wood’s stepmother, show that a female relative informed Wood about being raped by three male relatives on May 27, just three days before Wood vanished, according to the Daily News.

(Stephanie Hanke) - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

(Stephanie Hanke) – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

The Daily News reported that on the night of the disappearance, cellphone records and witness accounts indicate Wood left west Mobile with Holland and crossed Mobile Bay into Baldwin County, where Holland was found two days later inside his SUV by his wife and one of her friends.

Holland was scheduled to be questioned about allegations of sexual abuse the very day he was found in a car on an isolated dirt road with a self inflicted gunshot wound. However Police are suspicious because the wound was to the rear behind an ear, which is an odd area for a self inflicted wound.

Wood’s cell phone battery was in the vehicle with Holland, but there was no sign of the teen. Her gun was there as well, it was the only gun in the car. Holland never regained consciousness and died several days later.

After Holland’s suicide, relatives and police wondered about Wood. “We didn’t even realize she was missing until after they found him shot,” said Hanke.

Police Searches for the teen began and the sex abuse probe intensified. Two of Woods’s uncles, Dustin Kent and Scott Wood, were arrested within three weeks and later pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy. Aunts and family friends were eventually charged as well..

 

(Dustin Kent) - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

(Dustin Kent) – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Randall Scott Wood (Left) and Derek Thomas Wood (Right) - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Randall Scott Wood (Left) and Derek Thomas Wood (Right) – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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