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Woman Shares Chilling Story Of How Total Stranger Tried To Ruin Her Life

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Woman Shares Chilling Story Of How Total Stranger Tried To Ruin Her Life

A woman has recalled how a total stranger tried to ruin her life, after fabricating a series of extravagant lies.

Monika Glennon - an estate agent and mum-of-two from Alabama - was going about her everyday business when she received an alarming phone call at 6am from a colleague.

Something pretty shocking had been written about Monika on the company Facebook page.

The post featured a link to a story about Monika on a website known as 'She's A Homewrecker' which documents - and shames - episodes of cheating.

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The author wrote a detailed and graphic account of how Monika had had sex with her husband on the floor of a property they were scheduled to view. She had also posted Monika's headshot.

Monika had a worrying call about a Facebook post (Credit: Shutterstock)
Monika had a worrying call about a Facebook post (Credit: Shutterstock)

The story was completely made up, but soon, it had been sent around all of Monika's professional contacts - and to her husband.

Monika herself commented on the post to explain it had been fabricated, but was met with scepticism.

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Speaking to Gizmodo, Monika said: "I was looking at every person in my life and every stranger and wondering who did it to me and why. It makes you rethink every relationship in your life."

Meanwhile, she told BBC Sounds: "The effect was very immediate. I had a lot of listings and they started dropping off like flies. My phone stopped calling, the only phone calls I started receiving were from creepy men breathing heavily on the phone because my phone number was listed."

Eventually, after a year - and spending $100,000 (£70,000) in legal fees, Monika's team managed to get to the bottom of who was behind the post.

It turned out to be a total stranger Monika didn't know, who had been offended by a comment Monika had written on Facebook.

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It all started when a news story emerged about a teenager from Alabama who had visited Auschwitz and posted a selfie from inside.

It all started from a Facebook post (Credit: Facebook)
It all started from a Facebook post (Credit: Facebook)

It ended up going viral because people were divided over how smiley the teenager was in the image. Alabama TV channel, WHNT News, made a post on the story and invited followers to share their thoughts.

Monika had delved into the comments, defending the girl on the basis that young people can make mistakes and misjudge situations, but a woman named Holly* disagreed.

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Reeling from the Facebook row, she went on to fabricate lies about Monika, posting them on She's A Homewrecker.

Despite reaching out to all the sites that had shared the story, none would remove it, and so Monika filed a lawsuit in 2016.

But to Monika's horror, a few months later and another post appeared on a different (but similar) site, known as Report My Ex, from a man pretending to be the husband Monika had 'had sex with'.

"That really scared me because I was afraid men would book me as a realtor expecting me to have sex with them. So I had my husband start coming with me to bookings at vacant homes. We installed a surveillance system in our house because I was so scared," she said.

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But to Monika's horror, a few months later and another post appeared on a different (but similar) site (Credit: Shutterstock)
But to Monika's horror, a few months later and another post appeared on a different (but similar) site (Credit: Shutterstock)

The nightmare ordeal was far from over, when Holly* emailed Monika's legal team. She apologised, but made it clear that if they continued to pursue her, she would "protect [herself] by making their initial contact public."

"While Mrs Glennon is not an adulterous woman to my knowledge, she is guilty IN MY OPINION, of Facebook trolling the wrong person," she wrote on Facebook.

After seeing the comments, Monika did something that surprised pretty much everyone around her - she reached out to Holly* and asked if they could meet.

"She had thought I was this mean, rich bitch. That's the problem with social media. You just make these assumptions about people. After meeting me, she did an affidavit admitting everything she did. She understood who I was then."

Holly* apologised for what had happened, writing: "Mrs. Glennon is in fact a kind and compassionate person with whom I share many common values. Please accept my deepest regret for the harm I have brought to the lives of her and those whom love her."

The judge ordered websites that published Holly's story to remove it. While the majority have, the story still remains on one site to this day.

*Names have been changed

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Life News, Relationships, Sex & Relationships

Lucy Devine
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