James and Gabrielle Bracken Had an Insane September (Updated)

Love birds against society.
  • Love birds against society.

Update: You probably want to familiarize yourselves with the details on this one, but basically James and Gabrielle Bracken steered their wild crazytrain all over Northeast Ohio last year, leaving strewn in their wake a series of odd situations including stolen hospital equipment, a bomb scare, and finally, capping the show, a false rape allegation.

Luckily, a courtroom has stepped in and smacked this situation upside the head with some common sense by compensating the poor guy who bore the brunt of the Bracken's insanity, Clevelander Joseph Melendez. The couple accused Melendez of trying to rape Gabrielle, a charge that police found eventually to be complete fantasy.

This week, Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery awarded Melendez a $1.5 million judgment after the wrongly accused brought a civil action against the couple, according to his attorney Larry Zukerman. James Bracken is currently in jail waiting to criminal charges for the false accusation. His wife is MIA.

For more details on the Brackens and their scheme involving Melendez, check out the original story below


Everybody has a bad month here and there, but your average 30 days of rough luck have got nothing on one young Sheffield couple’s last September. Stolen medical equipment, fake explosive devices, rape schemes — all in a month’s work.

James and Gabrielle Bracken, 27 and 18, are by far the most badshit crazy pair of lovebirds since celebrity trainwreck Randy and Evi Quaid. Without TMZ screen time and Vanity Fair spreads, however, it’s just sad. The Chronicle-Telegram has an article up following the insane footsteps of this hometown Sid and Nancy. Props to the paper for uncovering this strange, strange story.

First, we lay our scene in Mayfield Heights, at Hillcrest Hospital last September. The couple were on site to see James’ mother, who was in the intensive care unit. The paper reports James, a Sheffield firefighter and EMS, was being a pain, telling the staff how to do their jobs. He got upset, went outside, and the staff alerted police.

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