In 2009, Englishwoman Jessica Sayers, 16, broke up with Luke – her sassy boyfriend – after he tried to cross the line with her. With the end of the relationship, she met Connor – a shy boy – who would soon be her great love.
However, what she didn’t realize was that Luke and Connor were the same person and that, behind internet chats, caps and hoods, they were characters invented by Gemma Barker, 19, Jessica’s classmate.
The case was discovered in 2010 and the story gained prominence in the English tabloids. Jessica Sayers and a 15-year-old girl (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) revealed all about the messages exchanged, the relationships they had with Gemma Barker and how it all happened.
Jessica Sayers was a victim of her friend Gemma Barker – twice! Image source: Playback / Entertainment IE
The victims of 19-year-old Gemma Barker knew the impostor very well. They had studied in the same classes and maintained their friendship outside the classroom. As it was part of her plans, when walking with her friends or spending the night at their house, Barker asked about her interests in relation to boys and gathered this information to create the perfect boyfriend.
The British woman spent hours creating fake social media profiles before approaching the victims. The first character she created was Aaron Lampard, who seduced and started dating the unidentified girl. Still with the name of Aaron, the young woman started talking to Jessica on MSN and introduced her to Luke Jones, who would be the second boy she would come up with.
One night, Jessica and Luke met in person at a park. Interestingly, the boy wore baggy clothes, had a hood on and spoke in a masculine and convincing voice. “I only saw it under his eyes. He covered the rest with a hood. He said he didn’t want to show his face because he was shy. And why wouldn’t I believe that? ”Said Jessica.
The couple met once a week for four months, until Jessica decided to end the relationship because she didn’t want to give in to Luke’s sexual advances. And that was when Connor appeared.
Posts by Jessica Sayers prove her relationship with Connor McCormack, one of the impostor’s characters. Image source: Reproduction / International Business Times
After losing the chance to maintain a relationship with Jessica by posing as Luke’s character, Gemma invented Connor McCormack, a shy young man who also approached the girl on MSN trying to console her for the end of the relationship. As the friends talked about their relationships, Gemma played in her favor by telling Jessica that she thought Connor would make a good boyfriend.
Following the opinion of the friend-impostor, Jessica agreed to meet with her suitor. Right away she realized that the boy was totally different from Luke. He practically did not talk (preferring to exchange messages) and did not even show his eyes. According to the girl’s testimony, the two were different in all aspects – the way of dressing, the personality, the way they wrote during the chats.
“Everything about them was completely different. It was like they were two different people – even when they were kissing, ”revealed Jessica on a TV show at the time when her story was in the spotlight.
In court, lawyers said Gemma Barker suffered from autism and ADHD. Image source: Reproduction / The Daily Mail
Everything started to go wrong for Gemma Barkers when, in May 2010, she – taking on the role of Connor – spent the night with Jessica. The imposter fell asleep and it was then that the young woman decided to take off her boyfriend’s cap to finally see her face. To her amazement, she recognized Aaron Lampard (Gemma’s first character) and, confused, thought she had been duped by her friend’s boyfriend.
Three weeks later, Jessica went to the police to file a complaint that someone was impersonating someone else, but even then she still did not suspect her classmate. When Barker was arrested, she was dressed as Aaron and not even the police recognized that it was a girl. It took a complete search to find out the truth.
Gemma Barker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after accepting two counts of sexual abuse and one of fraud, but served only 15 months of her sentence. This almost unbelievable story even won a documentary called The Girl Who Became Three Boys (“The Girl Who Became Three Boys”, in free translation).