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Episode 78: Brittany

Season 5 Episode 5


Age: 20’s
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Addiction: Dilaudid
What’s Memorable: Oh this poor messed-up girl, living her whole life under the shadow of her older sister, to the point that her mother thought she may be the reincarnation of her. She was also molested as a kid and gang raped as a teenager – it’s not a mystery why she needs to numb out. I just hope she was able to find her way out and figure out who she is.

Update: Brittany Loren Ross passed away on September 9, 2019.  Cause of death is unconfirmed. Here is her obituary. 

Official synopsis: Brittany was born five years after the brutal rape and murder of her 9-year-old sister, Terry. Brittany struggled with the pressure to live up to her mother’s perfect image of Terry. At 12, Brittany was molested, and she began taking drugs and sneaking out at night–anything to get out from under Terry’s shadow. Now she shoots up Dilaudid six times a day, begs family members for money and prostitutes herself. Brittany’s mother scrambles to give Brittany enough money for her fix. Desperate and on the verge of bankruptcy, Brittany’s family prepares for an intervention.

Original Air Date: December 2008
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Candy, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Dilaudid, Pain Meds, Rape, Season 5, Traumatic Incident


72 Responses to “Episode 78: Brittany”

  1. Loved it when the grandma said “I have to get out of this rigamarole before I have a heart attack.”

    Posted by LA | March 31, 2015, 3:38 pm
  2. Any updates on this beautiful girl…? I hope you’re doing better Brittany. The thing the mom said about taking Brit & herself out was heart wrenching.

    Posted by n | April 17, 2015, 9:45 am
  3. Episode 78 Can I please get an update on her it’s just so sad what her mom said about killing her and taking her own life. Really worried about her. Any feedback would be appreciated

    Posted by Anthony Cockrell | April 21, 2015, 9:29 pm
  4. I’d really like an update on her as well!!! Does anyone know this family?

    Posted by Kate | April 23, 2015, 8:04 am
  5. It really bothered me when the mother said that she would take her own life and her daughter Brittany in her home rather than see her out on the streets and become a cold case. It said that she came clean in 2010 but how true is that and how long did that sobriety last? Any updates? I’m curious to know what the outcome of her situation is. It said her mother went back to work after 3 weeks of therapy I don’t think 3 weeks is going to help her mother very much dealing with the death of her oldest child then the drug addiction and prostitution of her youngest child

    Posted by Rachel west | October 3, 2015, 3:30 pm
    • Yes..I do know Brittany. And she is doing great at this point. At the moment..she is incarcerated…but has high spirits. Just prepared to get out and stay straight…and be the woman she knows she can be for herself as well as for her family

      Posted by Jennifer Hammett | April 21, 2018, 7:15 am
  6. I am seventeen years clean, my addiction was brutal and hardcore.
    When any time someone enables an addict you’re helping to kill them.
    The only time an addict recovers is when they are FORCED to suffer consequences. There is no other way to cure this sickness. Every single addict I personally knew, who had an enabler, died or ended up in prison, wishing they were dead. Guilt keeps an enabler, enabling. Period, it’s selfish and a Co sigh for death.

    Posted by Michelle | October 13, 2015, 4:39 pm
    • i don’t know. maybe you’re too hard on the mom. How can we speak on it unless we’ve had a murdered child and the other daughter is headed the same way ? you’d be terrified of losing the other child to a killer, so you’d do almost anything to try and keep her off the streets. I get it. I don’t doubt that she loves her kids.

      Posted by renee | February 24, 2017, 5:17 pm
      • The drugs will definitely kill Brittany. That we know. Why doesn’t the mom understand that? Also, EVERYONE lost Terry, not just her. Before anyone asks me if I ever lost a child, I have never had children, but I have had loss. I have learned that pinning your hopes and dreams on someone in an effort to replace a person that has passed doesn’t benefit anyone. The pain in everyone’s eyes is apparent, but the mother is perpetuating that pain and needs help if she hasn’t already gotten it.

        Posted by Sue Ellen Hegstrom | August 27, 2018, 2:44 pm
        • The bond between a mother and her child is like no other. I can’t imagine losing a child in such a horrific way too. The loss of a child is greater than a loss of anyone else.

          Posted by Kitty Katt | January 8, 2020, 7:44 am
  7. This will always be one of the most tragic episodes to me. Her whole story is heartbreaking!

    Posted by Jennifer | November 10, 2015, 5:30 pm
  8. Any updates on Brittany? I would love to hear how she is doing?

    Posted by Michelle | March 1, 2016, 10:46 pm
  9. She had a baby n doing great last i searched her. Her dad had passed

    Posted by Dewey | June 30, 2016, 7:13 pm
  10. Iknow it won’t happen with the distance but id love the opportunity to meet with and talk to both Brittany and her sister Michelle.

    Posted by Jay | July 8, 2016, 7:31 am
  11. We’ll well u people all are stupid wrong this is Brittany Ross I feel sorry for u all..not for my family we are just fine

    Posted by Brittany | July 21, 2016, 4:24 pm
  12. I was doing a search for Brittany from the new episode trying to watch a preview and stumbled across a post about this Brittany she was in and out of jail in 2015 and still using according to her friends. Ugh sad to hear.

    Posted by Kristy | August 9, 2016, 4:36 pm
  13. Her mother is so, so sick. Seeing her daughter as a reincarnation of her murdered daughter? I agree with Brittany: that is a crazy amount of pressure to live up to, but also rings of a serious need of PTSD treatment.

    The worst part? “If I had the courage or had the guts, I really think I would blow Brittany’s and my brains out because that would end all the pain.”

    Her mother is deeply ill, suffering and in need of therapy.

    Posted by kay | November 12, 2016, 11:08 pm
  14. I am trying to find articles on her sister Terrys murder. Can someone post a link to the story?

    Posted by Tornado | November 15, 2016, 12:10 am
    • You have to pay a subscription price to read old newspapers online but it is worth it if you study history or crime . Terri’s articles are under The Anniston Star . Poor baby girl .
      Her killer is/was James Louis Betts and he had other victims . He was only caught after killing Terry but this man was a serial child killer / abuser .
      How did any of them survive this ? I get why her mom talked like she did , not condone it , but I get not ever wanting to live that type of pain again .
      When my daughter went missing over a year ago it nearly killed me . My husband and I struggle daily and sometimes I pray its all a dream . We have kind of found our daughter but she will not come home and will never be the same . We have been told to let go . It isn’t that easy .

      Posted by marcy lily | December 7, 2016, 12:52 pm
  15. I just found this link to her most recent arrest on 10/21/2016 http://www.jaildb.com/arrest-records/brittany-ross-41789785

    Posted by TORNADO | November 15, 2016, 12:17 am
  16. Brittany’s father did indeed pass away but so did the sister that avoided being caught on film . According to the obituary for Allen , the dad , it clearly states he was preceded in death by two daughters , Terri Sharee Ross in 1981 and Tracy Dawn (Ross ) Baker in 2013 . She was only 44 . 44 is too damn young to die so this family has seen so much pain . I hope the mom is still seeking therapy or in a support group .

    Posted by marcy lily | December 7, 2016, 9:07 pm
  17. holy cow. Too much tragedy. You can’t even comprehend it. I understand WHY she’s so bad off.
    BTW, it’s shocking and sad to see that, though she’s still young, she looks completely ravaged and terrible from the drugs. this country has to stop punishing these people. At the root, it’s a medical problem and an emotional one. people want to stop but the urge is too great. It’s an epidemic in this country and a lot more must be done. Whole generations will be wiped out by this. so much suffering. Where is God ?

    Posted by renee | February 24, 2017, 5:10 pm
  18. holy cow. Too much tragedy. You can’t even comprehend it. I understand WHY she’s so bad off.
    BTW, it’s shocking and sad to see that, though she’s still young, she looks completely ravaged and terrible from the drugs. this country has to stop punishing these people. At the root, it’s a medical problem and an emotional one. people want to stop but the urge is too great. It’s an epidemic in this country and a lot more must be done. Whole generations will be wiped out by this. so much suffering. Where is God ?

    Posted by rena | February 24, 2017, 5:11 pm
  19. Sad for this poor family ☹️

    Posted by Flo | August 3, 2017, 3:11 pm
  20. Looks like she’s still having troubles, unfortunately.

    Posted by Jacey | August 25, 2017, 3:50 pm
  21. I guess Terry’s father wasn’t Johnnie. Hope this family has some peace

    Posted by Dewey | September 18, 2017, 12:53 pm
  22. Such a pretty girl with a very sad story. Sad to see that she’s still using & was arrested multiple times since the show.

    Posted by Katie | March 16, 2018, 1:55 pm
  23. She was so beautiful. I was really rooting for her and hoped that she would get clean and sober. So sad that she’s been in and out of trouble over the past decade. Drugs have absolutely ravaged her looks, it seems.


    Posted by lexy | July 5, 2018, 10:59 am
  24. So very sad for her and her entire family. She looks horrible.

    Posted by Ami West | July 8, 2018, 4:56 pm
  25. It’s really a mess and a ruined life. I wonder if it’s too late to save her

    Posted by Dewey | July 8, 2018, 5:42 pm
  26. It’s so sad to me that there’s no follow ups. I don’t think they understand how much people care.

    Posted by Ami West | July 8, 2018, 8:59 pm
  27. https://mugshotsearch.net/Search/Ross/Brittany

    She seems to be continuing to struggle. Sad.

    Posted by Kitty Katt | October 2, 2018, 8:07 pm
  28. OMG y’all. So I’ve low-key had an unhealthy obsession with a handful of the early intervention episodes, Brittany’s episode tying for first place with Sylvia’s of course. I’ve been directed to this page a few times in the past which is where I saw her post in the comments from 2016 & learned her last name. I’ve searched her on FB using that name multiple times over the last couple years with no luck….. but then today…… the holy grail unveiled itself… I searched FB & BAM the first result is Brittany’s newly created FB (Jan.2019) &&&& NOTHING IS PRIVATE, SHE’S UPDATING EVERY 5 MINS, & IT’S JUST EPIC Y’ALL. Everybody’s there. Grandmomma’s still there being her cute lil “gimme out this rigamarole befarrr i have a harrrdd atttackkk!” Diane still the same ole enabler feelin swishes. It’s not quite the happy ending we’d all prefer, but it’s better than darker alternatives. PS-I actually live in Bham, AL too, but swear I was a Brittany STAN a min before I ever put 2 & 2 together that she was from Birmingham. Anyway, without further ado: https://www.facebook.com/brittany.ross.5201254

    Posted by Brett | February 3, 2019, 2:07 pm
  29. wow she looks awful now. So sad. She was so pretty before.

    She was set up to fail since birth. Her mother went through a horrific tragedy in losing terri, and was not prepared to take care of Brittany. I don’t blame the mother for having another child after Terri died, I know she needed it to survive. It’s just tragic. Seems like a happy, normal family, that was just hit hard by life.

    Posted by Simon | March 18, 2019, 10:29 pm
  30. you can find the newspaper clippings for free if you search the daughter’s name “terri sharee jones”.

    here’s the clipping: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28054656/the_anniston_star/

    Posted by Brooke | June 25, 2019, 5:05 pm
  31. also, where were the bottom line’s in this episode? some episodes they don’t give bottom lines, i don’t get it. like in this case, the bottom lines would have been huge since she is so dependent on her family for transportation, money, a roof over her head, etc. maybe she would have stayed longer than 3 weeks if she knew she wouldn’t have a place to live etc if she didn’t.

    Posted by Brooke | June 25, 2019, 6:00 pm
  32. Well I can tell you from the fact that i am a family member that she did not get clean she got worse and ended up using crack and meth. And as of sometime yesterday or today she has passed away probably due to a drug over dose.

    Posted by Family member | September 10, 2019, 6:26 am
  33. It appears Brittany has died. Her brother posted it on his facebook page. Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004655116094

    Posted by Melissa | September 10, 2019, 6:44 pm
  34. Looks like this was her most recent Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brittany.ross.923724

    Sad to hear of her passing.

    Posted by May | September 12, 2019, 6:45 pm
  35. My heart goes out to this family. I hope Brittany is at peace.

    Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2019, 2:36 pm
  36. So sad to hear the news. Her poor mother must be in so much pain.

    Posted by Kitty Katt | September 20, 2019, 9:21 pm
  37. Brittany was one I really hoped would make it but i didn’t think would. She got started on her path so young and didn’t seem to have any clear skills or hopes or dreams, though maybe they existed and were filmed and cut during editing. The area she was from also seemed bleak. This episode definitely stuck with me all these years. Brittany and her family were beautiful and I felt this was one of the best shot episodes. Glad she’s no longer in pain, but can’t imagine how much her mama is in. Damn

    Posted by Gg | September 22, 2019, 3:04 pm
  38. I checked up on Brittany quite often. I saw how much she was struggling and hoped she would one day find the help and safety she so deserved. I was very worried for this day. I can’t imagine the pain her family is in; her poor mother. I hope Brittany is finally at peace. Love and blessings to her family 💕
    I’m a premed/predoctoral student (haven’t decided which yet) and hope to do work related to trauma and addiction. Something needs to be done…..now. We are losing way too many people, and it’s soul-shattering.

    Posted by Tazz | September 22, 2019, 8:09 pm
  39. So incredibly sad. I just saw the episode today and tried looking her up and found this. I am a recovering addict, been clean almost a year and I just wish I could reach out to her mom and hug her so tightly. That poor mother has been through unimaginable suffering.

    Posted by Sophie | September 26, 2019, 2:56 pm
  40. I have never witnessed such a toxic set up! I thought my mum was an enabler with my brother, but she actually believed him when he said he wasn’t using. Brittany’s mum is actually being her dealer and enabling her, whilst ignoring her other daughter. I feel sorry for Brittany as she has been shaped by her mother’s guilt over her dead sister. This girl was gang raped and yet they are still enabling her to go to these houses! She needs therapy and discipline, boundaries set. The mother also needs therapy too so she can cope with her kids and stop putting her guilt on the kids. The other daughter is craving love and even said that she was never photographed or loved as much. I’m sorry to hear the eventual deaths in this family, in addition to Terry and the fact that their dad withdrew and would not communicate. This is the most screwed up family set up I’ve ever seen!!

    Posted by Maz | October 1, 2019, 4:51 am
  41. I also just saw her episode last night, she and her whole family really stole my heart, RIP beautiful soul . . . fly free and light in the Heavens with your Angels . . . <3
    https://www.facebook.com/brittany.ross.923724 yes this is her most recent page, lots of songs ans pics and little live videos with her family at home in the 2 weeks before she passed, she had such great love for them

    Posted by Stephanie Standley | October 17, 2019, 7:48 am
  42. I saw that episode just tonight, and had to see how she was doing, was so upset to hear about her passing. I pray her family are not in too much pain, although I’m sure they are all busted up! That poor mother, bless you and please forgive yourself, it was not your fault, nor was your first child your fault. Put your energy into your living family, they all need your love and care now more than ever. I will pray for your family tonight, even though I’m not that religious at all, but I will do that because I really feel like I need to do that for some reason, why I do not know? I am an addict from way back, and probably should have been dead long ago, but here I still am thanks to my family, and some very forgiving angels I believe? I have been addicted to opiates since 1981. I’ve done them all including the Dilaudids that poor Brittany was addicted to. I wished I could tell you and everyone else that I was now, and have been clean for years, but that would be a lie, I am still using opiates pretty much whenever I can. I’m currently on a methadone script, and have been for the past 10 years. I feel this has definitely helped me survive as long as I have, just because it keeps me well and not having to go out there doing crime and whatnot? And also so I can keep up a job which I think is another reason. But most of all is because of my son, who has just lost his mother through sickness, and there is no way I’m going to put him through losing both of his parents thru no fault of his own, and deserves to have a dad that is loving and caring and is trying his best to keep his addiction to a bear minimum for his sons sake. I only wished poor Brittany felt the same about her suffering family, but in her defence I know how damn hard it is to quit opiates. It is the hardest thing I ever did, and I was only successful for 6 years, but it was the best 6 years of my adult life, and I’m so glad that I was able to do that, but such a shame I couldn’t continue! It is truly the devils drug! I will pray for your family tonight, especially your mom, and god bless you all, and may your tragedies finally be at an end!! And I hope Brittany is in a real cool place looking down on her loved ones with anticipation of one day them joining her in whatever there is out there waiting for us? Love and Peace…. Darren Jones

    Posted by Darren Jones | November 3, 2019, 8:52 pm
  43. Brittany’s story stuck with me over the years. I was shocked to see not only of her passing while visiting this site, but of a few others that recently passed. I can’t even imagine the pain her mother must be going through and her entire family. I’m viewing her episode again that she posted on one of her few facebook pages. I find it cool that we had some of the same taste in music (she posted a lot of music videos). Rest In Peace Brittany! 🙁

    Posted by Holly | November 9, 2019, 2:43 pm
  44. does anyone know how she died

    Posted by Venus | November 25, 2019, 11:06 am
  45. Just watched her episode again. Knowing that she’s passed away made this even more tragic to watch. I can’t even imagine the suffering this family has gone through.

    Posted by Kitty Katt | January 8, 2020, 7:33 am
  46. Rest In Peace Brittany ✨

    Posted by Tina | January 25, 2020, 2:33 pm
  47. Just wanted to share this with everyone…..

    I reached out to Michelle via FB private messenger and she was kind enough to respond to me.

    Here is what she said:

    Thank you for sharing compassion. Mom hasn’t been herself. Dad died in a car wreck and my older sister died 5 months before he died. And now Brittany. It’s been hell but God is giving us strength and hope

    Posted by Kitty Katt | April 21, 2020, 5:45 pm
  48. There is a reddit page regarding Brittany and her sisters death.. In the post, someone commented that Brittany was found on her back porch apparently placed there after having an overdose by who ever she was with.. They took the time to put her head on a pillow before leaving her for her family to find her.

    Posted by Interventionfan | August 25, 2020, 9:24 am
  49. The man who murdered Terry died in prison this summer.

    What a sad, horrible ordeal.


    Posted by Leah | September 24, 2020, 9:13 pm

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