Alabama women who say mayor Bubba Copeland used their identities in erotic slasher fiction before he killed himself speak out – with one claiming there are now photos of her face on ‘about NINE porn sites’
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An Alabama mayor and pastor who killed himself after local media reported on his cross-dressing alter ego wrote erotic fiction using thinly-veiled identities of people in his community, it has emerged.

F.L. ‘Bubba’ Copeland, 62, died by suicide on November 3 after details of his ‘alter ego’ Brittini Blaire Summerlin were shared online.

Copeland was the mayor of Smiths Station, a town of almost 7,000 people 10 miles from Columbus, Georgia.

He also owned a grocery store in the town, and was lead pastor at the First Baptist Church of Phenix City, just across the river from downtown Columbus.

Copeland, considered a pillar of the community, was revealed after his death to have been writing erotic slasher fiction and using the identities of some local women.

Smiths Station Mayor F.L. 'Bubba' Copeland, 62, died by suicide on Friday after details of his 'alter ego' Brittini Blaire Summerlin were shared online

Copeland, who was also a pastor of a church in neighboring Phenix City, posted photos of himself in women's clothing, trans porn and erotic fiction in which he fantasized about transitioning

Smiths Station Mayor F.L. ‘Bubba’ Copeland, 62, died by suicide on Friday after details of his ‘alter ego’ Brittini Blaire Summerlin were shared online. Copeland, who was also a pastor in neighboring Phenix City, posted photos of himself in women’s clothing, trans porn and erotic fiction in which he fantasized about transitioning

Ansley Summerlin told local news station WTVM that Copeland had used her identity

Ansley Summerlin told local news station WTVM that Copeland had used her identity

The women found their photos had been used, in addition to their names.

‘I had some people start sending me photos that were posted of me on multiple porn sites, I guess you could say, that also had pictures of ‘Brittini,’ as well,’ said Ansley Summerlin.

She told WTVM: ‘He proceeded to use my first and middle names on these sites.

‘And I believe there are about nine sites now that have five or six photos of my face, and my name, across the net.’

A second woman, described by WTVM as a local hairstylist, said Copeland used her identity in his erotic fiction.

‘It said my first and last name,’ she said.

‘And it was basically describing the way that I look – and intensified, I guess, as a porn star.

‘And it went into very graphic detail. I didn’t get past the first page because I honestly couldn’t stomach it.’

Copeland had been mayor of Smiths Station since 2016, and was re-elected in 2020

Copeland had been mayor of Smiths Station since 2016, and was re-elected in 2020

Copeland’s death has rocked the small Alabama community where he lived, worked and preached.

Doug Jones, the former Senator for Alabama, said he met Copeland in 2019, when the town of Smiths Station was hit by a tornado.

Donald Trump came to tour the destruction, and Jones praised Copeland for his efforts to rebuild the town.

‘I am so saddened at the death of my friend Mayor Bubba Copeland,’ wrote Jones on X.

‘He was a good man and a great mayor who led the small town of Smith Station through the tough times of a devastating tornado a few years ago.

‘I toured the destruction with him, helped him navigate the FEMA recovery efforts and made sure that he was able to plead his case directly to President Trump.’

Jones said he was angered by the reports on Copeland’s cross-dressing, criticizing 1819 News – the conservative news website which ‘outed’ Copeland.

Copeland told his congregation that his wife was aware of his exploits, describing his actions as a ‘hobby’ to ‘relieve stress’, and insisting that it did not affect either his ministry or his work as mayor.

‘It is sad and disgusting how he was treated by the @1819News for personal decisions however misguided they might have been,’ said Jones.

‘We live in a mean, bitter world where the self righteous tend to throw the largest stones and the @1819News is the perfect example.’

A memorial is seen for Copeland outside his church in Phenix City on Sunday

A memorial is seen for Copeland outside his church in Phenix City on Sunday

Copeland's church remains in mourning for their lead pastor, who died last week

Copeland’s church remains in mourning for their lead pastor, who died last week

Flowers and tributes to Copeland are seen outside Smith Station City Hall

Flowers and tributes to Copeland are seen outside Smith Station City Hall

Copeland's friends, constituents and congregation paid tribute to his life and work

Copeland’s friends, constituents and congregation paid tribute to his life and work

Jeff Poor, editor of 1819 News, which 'outed' Copeland, defended his website's work

Jeff Poor, editor of 1819 News, which ‘outed’ Copeland, defended his website’s work

But Jeff Poor, the editor of 1819 News, defended his website’s coverage.

‘There’s a whole lot more here,’ said Poor. ‘This was clearly a troubled man, and it’s unfortunate that he ended his life.

‘But it wasn’t for any of the reasons or any of the stated narrative of the mainstream media.

‘He didn’t just write erotic fiction.

‘He wrote erotic slasher fiction where he fantasized about murdering a woman in the local community and used her real name.’

Poor told Breitbart that their motivation was not: ‘let’s go find a transgender man to go criticize.’

He said he and his team weighed whether the story had public interest, and concluded that it did because he was a public figure and lead pastor at a church.

‘If this was going on in my church, if this were the face of my church that was doing this, I think I would have a right to know,’ said Poor.

He added: ‘Those who think that this guy was just sitting on this couch upset about a website bullying him and decided to end his life, they reside in the shallow end of the kiddie pool.

‘There’s so much more to the story that they’re not willing to at least even give the benefit of the doubt about.’

Jay Jones, sheriff of Lee County, said deputies went to carry out a wellness check on Copeland, and saw his vehicle.

They asked him to stop, but he refused for 10 minutes and kept driving, in what Jones said was a ‘low intensity pursuit’.

Copeland eventually pulled over, got out of his car and took out a handgun, and killed himself.

Jones confirmed an investigation was underway into the circumstances surrounding Copeland’s death, and evidence would be presented to Lee County District Attorney Jessica Ventiere and reviewed by a grand jury.

‘We’re going through our standard process in that investigation,’ Jones said.

‘We will gather all the facts available and evidence that we have, and that will be presented to the district attorney, and a Lee County grand jury will review all the details of this investigation at a future date.’

During a sermon prior to his death, Copeland apologized to his flock and told them his wife was aware of his activity

During a sermon prior to his death, Copeland apologized to his flock and told them his wife was aware of his activity 

The Phenix City pastor apologized for 'any embarrassment' caused by his behavior in a statement to his congregation days before his death

The Phenix City pastor apologized for ‘any embarrassment’ caused by his behavior in a statement to his congregation days before his death

Copeland posted at least four pieces of trans porn and identity theft fiction to a website. 

In one short story, Copeland, who owns a local grocery store, wrote about watching women on in-store security cameras, and saving the videos for his ‘private collection.’ 

In another long-form fictional story posted under his pseudonym, Brittini Blaire, the narrator becomes obsessed with a real-life local business owner, who he ultimately murders to assume her identity.  

The story goes into detail about the steps he takes to ‘transition’ and completely change his body to match the one of a real-life local woman living in his town. 

He explains in the story that ‘her life had become his obsession’ and that calling him a ‘stalker would be an understatement’ .

The story details the narrator installing tracking malware to spy on the lady and track her purchases, movements and mannerisms. 

The narrator also begins a hormone treatment regimen, buying similar clothes and training in the woman’s profession to assume her identity. 

The narrator also explains how he carefully began to insert himself as the unidentified lady into her friend group and goes into graphic detail on how he seduces her husband, a feat he calls ‘passing the ultimate test’. 

‘This life is all I have ever wanted, and finally, it was all mine!’ the author writes. 

The story goes into detail about the steps he takes to 'transition' and completely change his body to match the one of a real-life local woman living in his town

The story goes into detail about the steps he takes to ‘transition’ and completely change his body to match the one of a real-life local woman living in his town

The narrator also begins a hormone treatment regimen, buying similar clothes and training in the woman's profession to assume her identity

The narrator also begins a hormone treatment regimen, buying similar clothes and training in the woman’s profession to assume her identity

The narrator also explains how he carefully began to insert himself as the unidentified lady into her friend group and goes into graphic detail on how he seduces her husband, a feat he calls 'passing the ultimate test'

The narrator also explains how he carefully began to insert himself as the unidentified lady into her friend group and goes into graphic detail on how he seduces her husband, a feat he calls ‘passing the ultimate test’

Ultimately, the story delves deep into the narrator's elaborate plan on how to kill the woman and permanently take her place in society

Ultimately, the story delves deep into the narrator’s elaborate plan on how to kill the woman and permanently take her place in society

Ultimately, the story delves deep into the narrator’s elaborate plan on how to kill the woman and permanently take her place in society. 

After Copeland’s dual identity was revealed last week, the father-of-three told congregants he was the subject of an ‘internet attack’.

‘The article is not who or what I am,’ he said. 

‘I apologize for any embarrassment caused by my private and personal life that has become public. 

‘This will not cause my life to change. This will not waiver my devotion to my family, serving my city, serving my church.’

Images posted by 1819 showed Copeland dressed up in women’s clothing and makeup.

The website also claimed that Copeland had posted photos of minors on Reddit as part of memes about transitioning.

Copeland was a pillar of the community who was praised by President Trump for his handling of a tornado in the area in 2019

Copeland was a pillar of the community who was praised by President Trump for his handling of a tornado in the area in 2019

Copeland shot himself with a handgun following a slow pursuit by police after they were called to conduct a welfare check

Copeland shot himself with a handgun following a slow pursuit by police after they were called to conduct a welfare check 

In one, images of a local brother and sister were used to make it appear as through the boy had transitioned, the outlet reports.

During a sermon on Wednesday, two days before his death, Copeland apologized to his flock and told them his wife was aware of his activity. 

‘Yes, I have taken pictures with my wife in the privacy of our home in an attempt at humor because I know I’m not a handsome man or a beautiful woman either,’ Copeland said.

The Southern Baptist Convention, which is reportedly no longer affiliated with Copeland’s parish, said it had received allegations of ‘unbiblical behavior’.

However the Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, of which Copeland’s church is a member, stated the matter was ‘between pastor and church’.

Attitudes towards LGBTQ issues within Baptism differ, but many do push a conservative agenda. 

Copeland does not appear to have ever publicly espoused anti-LGBTQ or right wing conservative views.

Following his death, church member Dan Elkins said he had been forced to remove hateful comments on its Facebook page for the past three days.

‘He was far from perfect – but he was my pastor, my friend and my brother,’ said Elkins. 

‘And in the midst of my anger about this whole situation – tonight my heart is just absolutely broken.

‘By no means am I disregarding/discounting accountability – but it must be dispensed with love and care, not scorn and judgment.’



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