//UPDATE: Granite City Police have reported that Joe Cienkowski was arrested for battery in January. via @MovingtoMontana//
A Reddit user has posted links to the Twitter and Facebook pages of loudmouth creationist Joe Cienkowski and his wife, Brandy Evans Cienkowski, saying it shows evidence that Joe may have seriously harmed his wife.
Redditor TonyBLiar writes that Brandy revealed via Facebook that she had made the decision to leave her husband. A redditor informed me that she revealed this info to him and several other members of the r/atheism subreddit on Facebook’s chat and messaging over a month ago – luckily, one user captured a screenshot.
Now, Brandy’s formerly active Facebook page is silent, and in this screenshot you can see one of her IRL friends asking why she hasn’t returned texts, and the most recent post is another friend asking if anyone had word on whether or not Brandy is safe.
The Redditor claims that the most recent FB posts by Brandy actually sound like Joe, since those posts are full of conservative Christian rhetoric while Brandy always claimed to be more of a “spiritual, not religious” type.
Joe’s Twitter feed has also been unusually silent, and he isn’t responding to any questions about Brandy’s whereabouts. The concerned Redditors have contacted police in Joe and Brandy’s hometown of Granite, Illinois, but haven’t heard back.
Obviously this could all just be a big misunderstanding, and Reddit has received criticism in the past for its users waging an all-out vigilante war on possibly undeserving targets. But if these screenshots are legit (Brandy’s account is hidden from non-friends), the fact remains that she lost contact even with her friends after deciding to divorce Joe. Those who know anything about abusive relationships know that the most dangerous time for an abused spouse is when she attempts to leave.
Let’s hope this one turns out better than we all seem to fear.
You can follow along with updates at Twitter using the hashtag #isbrandyok, and I’ll post any news I find here.