This five-part series details how a man allegedly stole tens of thousands from multiple women by posing as their husband. Curtis Williamson could not be reached for comment on any of the telephone numbers listed for him. The Frederick News-Post pored over hundreds of pages of court filings, police reports and documents to verify the statements made by Williamson's ex-partners.

Monday marks eight years since Monica Gabriel’s death. No one knows what killed Monica on April 15, 2011. No one except, perhaps, her husband, Curtis Williamson. Her marriage was less than 2 years old when, in early 2011, Monica noticed something weird. Two months later, Patricia Gabriel learned that her daughter was dead. Monica was never buried, never eulogized, never mourned. Most people didn’t even know she died.

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The private investigator had been hired by a couple in West Virginia. Curtis Williamson had stolen money from their mother, and they were not sure if Williamson’s wife was involved. Monica Gabriel was scared. What happened to her was happening again. Another wife, a fifth wife, Monica wanted to help. She might have learned something that could help. She was willing to help anyone in a situation similar to hers. The private investigator wanted to know who Williamson is. But who Curtis Williamson is depends on who is talking.

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Stephanie Furr was giving her son a bath and dying her daughter’s hair on May 31, 2018, when police knocked on the door of the home she shared with her husband in Berkeley County, West Virginia. She told them her husband handled her finances. He could explain the discrepancies. Months earlier, she said as much to the state trooper investigating the case when he came to speak with her. But still, law enforcement arrested both Stephanie and her husband, Kurt Williams. It was the last time she would see her husband.

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He declared them dead. He stole their money. He lied about his name, career and criminal history. But now they've bonded together. If not to bring him to justice, then to at least ensure he doesn't do it to anyone else. 

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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The “thin blue line” is doing nothing but letting these women down. The appear to. Have been blind to this jackasses corruption for quite a while. It’s amazing what a private investigator can find out while the cops apparently sit on their hands.


Fascinating article, although I don’t know wha the “swipe here” graphic gets you.

Moral of the story, never, ever turn your finances over to someone else.

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