8 Family Members Of Missing Teen Charged In Incestuous Sex Ring Scandal
Brittany Wood likely knew too much.
By most accounts, 19-year-old Brittney Wood was with uncle Donnie Holland the night of May 30, 2012, the last time anyone saw her. Holland – who was under investigation for horrific sex crimes at the time – died from a bullet within days in what was ruled a suicide.
The investigation that followed has publicly unraveled what authorities describe as a dark, twisted tale of perversion in the working-class neighborhoods and piney backwoods of coastal Alabama.
Eight of Woods’ adult relatives and three family friends have been charged with dozens of felonies in two counties as the alleged members of an incestuous ring that authorities say shared children for group sex. Holland was the leader, prosecutors say, 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 is charged in her disappearance.
Even without 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.[su_csky_ad]