‘‘All she wanted to do was get married before she died,’’ John Heagney said. ‘‘We planned our wedding and her funeral at the same time.’’
John fell for Elizabeth “Elle” Edmunds fast. But within months, he was doing the unthinkable: “We were picking out the songs she wanted at the funeral and the kind of flowers she wanted”.
His fiancée, Elle, was desperately sick. He was caring for her every day, pushing her in a wheelchair. “She was in bed for seven months, her hair started falling out.”
But Elle Edmonds didn’t have cancer. John now believes that she was dosing herself with chemotherapy drugs that she bought online.
This week, Elle’s lawyers appeared in court to respond to fraud charges laid by New South Wales police. Police have charged Elle with “obtaining financial advantage by deception”.
Last year, Elizabeth “Elle” Edmunds, 31, allegedly told people she had ovarian cancer (which later spread to her lungs). She shaved her head and set up a fundraising page. The mother of six apparently told family and friends that her cancer was untreatable and that she had been given three years to live.
Read more about it here: A vile scam exposed after a mother of 6 pretends to be dying of ovarian cancer.
She posted regular updates to thousands of followers on the “Help For Elle” Facebook page, many of whom donated generously. Through her own fundraising efforts and those of others she allegedly raised the grand sum of $2500 ($1780 was raised through a crowd-funding website, while another woman raised $800 through a charity walk).
Her deception fell through last October when someone became suspicious and reported her to police.
At an earlier court appearance, the judge made disparaging remarks about Elle’s reliability as a witness, but she has alleged that her fiancé knew about the deception. “He was in on it just as much as me. He was the one who instigated it. It was his documentation, doctors. It was his plan. I went through with it because I was in fear,” she said.
Edmonds spoke to the Women’s Day, saying she couldn’t explain why she invented the cancer. She thought perhaps that she had a breakdown brought on by the trauma of losing a newborn baby, seven years earlier.