BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- The woman dubbed the "black widow" went to court Tuesday in Brunswick County. Church members were there to watch as she allegedly scammed out of hundreds of dollars. Members of the Bethel Baptist Church in Southport say Sandra Bridewell -- also known as Camille Powers and the "black widow" -- told them she was a missionary who needed money. Turns out she was nothing of the sort. Church member Linda Oldham said, "We're a good church, a small church in Southport that does good things for the Lord and she was surely a wolf in sheep's clothing." Church member Richard Bradley said, "She would use god's name to pull all of this stuff off, and that's a dangerous thing to do." Sandra Bridewell came to Bethel Baptist Church in January weaving a web of lies. Bridewell told church-goers she was a missionary, serving God in 56 countries. Members cut her checks so she could help more people, but those mission trips never happened. Church member Debbie Bradley said, "Whoever she sees that has money, she goes after, that's all about she's after." After giving her money for a few months Bridewell's new friends found out who she really was -- an alleged con artist. Bridewell is suspected in the deaths of two of her husbands and a best friend. "We had this feeling all along," Bradley said. Along with church, Sandra Bridewell may also spin a web of lies in the courtroom. Tuesday she told the judge her attorney is named Calvin Hobbs. The prosecutor says she can't find the attorney anywhere in Wilmington.
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