Man calls fiancé impersonating his own father, breaks news of his 'death' before their August wedding date
Bride-to-be Alex Lanchester, 23, of the United Kingdom, met her fiancé Tucker Blandford, 23, of Stamford, Connecticut, while both attended the University of Connecticut in 2012. August 15 was set to be their wedding day ... until Blandford faked his own death.
After a year together, Blandford proposed to Lanchester before she returned to Britain.
Lanchester allegedly bought a handmade wedding dress online and made all the necessary wedding arrangements, including paying for the bridesmaid dresses, while Blandford claimed that he had booked the venue -- the college campus where they met -- in the States.
Lanchester even allegedly booked airfare for Blanford to visit her to finalize wedding details and spend a vacation together before their big day.
However, one week before Blandford was due to arrive, Lanchester received a heartbreaking phone call. "I picked up my phone and there was a man saying he was Tucker’s dad. He told me [that] Tucker had been deeply depressed and wanted to die, so [he] had thrown himself in front of a car," Lanchester recalls to the UK's Daily Mail. "I couldn’t breathe. It was absolutely devastating."
Once she composed herself, Lanchester called Blandford's home phone back. This time, however, his mother -- his real mother -- answered.
Blandford's mother said that he was fine, and that she and the rest of the family were under the impression that the couple had broken up after she'd left the States.
"I’ll be spending our would-be wedding day making new memories without him. He’s a liar and a coward," Lanchester further shares with the Daily Mail. "He had put on a different voice on the phone and pretended to be his grieving father. What sort of sick person does that to his fiancé of two years? It’s sickening."
It remains unconfirmed whether Blandford has actually paid for any of Lanchester's wedding or travel expenses after the hoax was exposed.
Click here to see pictures of the couple in happier times.