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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.

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


52 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
  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

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