As I’ve said before, some of the biggest scoops in recent years have been broken by the National Enquirer...
They may play a bit fast and loose with the celebrity fluff at times, but when it comes to nailing down news like the John Edwards love triangle or our own Missing Baby Lisa story, they play it pretty straight down the line.
Which brings us to the Enquirer’s "Twisted Secret Life Of Baby Lisa’s Mom" story.
"The mother of missing Baby Lisa Irwin – Deborah Bradley – has been accused of being a cold-hearted temptress who attempted to seduce the husband of a former friend," the Enquirer reports. "An in-depth ENQUIRER investigation ripped the lid off the shocking charges surrounding the 25-year-old mom, who projects herself in interviews as a distraught mother shattered by the disappearance of her 11-month-old daughter."
Neighbors of Bradley’s in Fort Bragg, N.C. from eight years back tiptoed around dissing her when KCTV came calling last month.
Clearly KCTV went out of its way to trash Bradley in its Oct. 19th story – labeled an "Exclusive" – but fell well short of the mark.
About the only thing KCTV really got out of its "exclusive" interviewing Bradley’s former friends, including Shirley Pfaff, was that she’d been an "attention hound" and "she drank."
Not exactly rivting…
While KCTV fell short in its effort to cast aspersions on Bradly’s character, the Enquirer got the job done.
“Deborah was supposed to be my friend, but she tried to seduce my husband,” Sara Evarts, 29, of Clearwater, Fla., told The ENQUIRER.
"Sara, who lived across the street from Deborah at Fort Bragg, recalled how the now-heavyset mom was a slender, buxom brunette and considered the most beautiful of the soldiers’ wives," the Enquirer continues.
"One evening, Sara said, while she was at work, Deborah went over to her home to ‘borrow something,’ from her then-husband Jason and made no attempt to leave. When my husband asked her to go because he was ready to go to bed, she joked, ‘Oh, I’ll join you,’ and started taking off her blouse…My husband made her leave.
“I came home late that night, and Jason was sitting in the dark, and he said, ‘We need to talk.’ He told me that after Debbie made her move, he told her, ‘This isn’t funny,’ and showed her out the door.”
Pfaff, backed up Evart’s allegations.
"(Pfaff) said that Deborah bragged to her that she had planned to seduce Jason," the Enquirer reports.
“She said, ‘I’m going to get her husband, just to hurt Sara,’ ” Shirley told The ENQUIRER."
So there you have it, the Missing Baby Lisa tragedy reduced to a White Trash Soap Opera.
Incidentally, the Enquirer confirmed the story with Evart’s ex.
Oh and, one more thing…
"Sara said that she told other Army wives about the seduction attempt and recalled how Deborah pulled up in her car, blocking my driveway, and said, ‘I would never try to sleep with your husband. He’s ugly. I could do much better,’ " the Enquirer story continues.
“Once she fixated on me, it wasn’t funny. Believe me, she is not the woman you’re seeing on TV. There are some dark sides to her. In my opinion, she enjoyed messing up people’s lives, just for fun. She was a major troublemaker.”
And that’s the rest of the story…