The other photos were of meth addicts progression through their drug use. Most of them looked quite old with major loss to their bone structure and teeth. Heather Raybon’s however was quite harrowing, and the worst of the pictures.
I reflected back on one particular documentary that showed how dangerous it was to create meth. The gentleman who demonstrated the “making” of the popular street drug, wore a hazmat suit, and took the proper precautions. He repetitiously stated that the mixing of these compounds could cause explosions. The very moment I saw Heather’s face, I figured it was not from the direct use of the drug, but from an explosion due to her involvement in manufacturing the meth. My hypothesis was in fact correct, when after a bit of research I was able to find out her name and read more information on her.
To give a little background on Heather Raybon from the scarce facts I was able to glean from multiple articles found by googling her name, she is “an alleged” meth manufacturer who was severely deformed after an explosion that took place in 2004.
“Since then, Raybon has been arrested six times on meth charges and pleaded no contest each time.”-Inside Edition
Her latest arrest that I could find was of her manufacturing meth yet again in 2011.
I did not write this article to repeat facts that are prevalent in the massive pages of google, but to shed a little light on the photo array that I found and posted at the top of this article. The progression of photos of meth users usually get worse as time goes by. From Ms. Raybon’s initial burn pic in 2006 to the latest publicized arrest in 2011, it seems that Heather Rayborn’s face is in fact looking better.
This image is the true source of our discussion in today’s post. I had to do a lot of digging to answer the one question that was nagging me. Did this woman have plastic surgery? If she did, Jack Howser from the website ‘DISCLOSURE’ asks it best, “We’re just wondering if the tax payers are paying for the plastic surgery?”
To answer my initial question I turned to the Daily Mail, which stated,
“She has undergone numerous facial surgeries in the last seven years.”
So now to answer the last question. Just who is paying for the plastic surgery that this woman is getting? Well, we turn to a press release by the Santa Rosa Police Department which referred to a newspaper article that I found on their website. According to the article, Heather’s family set up donation stations in local businesses where people donated money to help with Heather’s medical costs and most likely, plastic surgery. The surgeries were obviously paid by concerned citizens. From the way the article is written, there is absolutely no mention of drugs of any sort, as a matter of fact it only mentions her surviving “the December 16, 2004 tragedy“. Another article that I was able to dig up by the Santa Rosa Press Gazette published January 2005, shows that Heather, 24 at the time, has a little girl. The family seems to mention the child in order to spark up even more sympathy. This led me to a whole slew of other questions that I could not find on the internet. Who were these people who donated? How much was collected? Were the people made aware that Heather was involved in the manufacture of meth? Was the family aware of it? Was it a purposeful omission on the part of the family or the newspaper to leave the details of the “tragedy” out? If the donors really were duped, would they still have donated if they knew the truth? Did the money go into a trust? What were the intentions of the family members? Did the family believe that Heather would change after this? Did the donors feel the same? How does the family and the donors feel now that Ms. Raybon has relapsed? Has Heather used the money for surgery? Did she at all use it for drugs? Is she manufacturing again in order to continue getting the surgeries necessary to restore her face? Just who is Heather Raybon, and what is her real story?
I tried to locate more information, but came up dry. If anyone has anymore information please leave comment. I would love to hear your opinions about the subject of foolish mistakes and the people who really pay for them. Thank you for those who run the campaign for “The Faces of Meth” Faces of Meth Faces of meth