Imagine if you found your husband had another wife, and you friended her on Facebook?
This is what happened to an Australian woman who recently found her husband's other wife on Facebook. Thanks to Facebook's clever "Friend" suggestions, the woman discovered her husband had this other wife. It's possible she never would have found her if it had not been for the social-media network. To make the story even stranger, though, she's not the only one who found her husband had a second wife!
Other Wife Found On Facebook By Australian First Wife: How Was the Bigamist Husband Exposed?
Imagine how odd this would be. You are 38-years-old and newly married. You are posting photos to show off your new relationship status when suddenly an unknown person sends you a message saying:
"Hello, new Mrs. Keyet. How can you be Mrs. Keyet when I am still Mrs. Keyet? From the old Mrs. Keyet."
Yep, That would be enough to freak you out pretty good. Then imagine finding that though your husband told you he was legally divorced, in fact he was still married to Mrs Keyet #1!
Well, this is exactly how it happened and as you can imagine, Mr. Keyet and the other wife are no more a couple. What's worse is the fool wont even face this other wife in person to apologize. Instead he sends this pitiful text message:
"I think I've put you through enough hurt."
Bigamist #2 With Other Wife Found On Facebook: Case of Mr. O'Neill
The second case of bigamy to be exposed this week comes from the good 'ol USA. Another second wife was found on Facebook, too! According to Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist: "Wife No. 1 went to Wife No. 2's page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake."
Oops...yeah, wedding cake photos would certainly be a giveaway. And how's the guy gonna tell this other wife not to post them on Facebook?
Soon after discovering this other wife on Facebook, wife one called up the bigamist husband looking for an explanation. According to the court records, the husband arrived at wife one's apartment where " she asked him several times if they were divorced. The defendant said, 'No, we are still married.'"
Haha! Imagine his surprise when she pulls up the wedding pictures of this other wife she found on Facebook and asks him to explain!
The man in question, guilty of the bigamist act is Alan L. O'Neill. O'Neill and the first wife had been married at the time he married the second wife, but he wasn't quite the kind of "bigamist" we might have all been envisioning. You see it seems O'Neill and the first wife, while still married, hadn't lived together for several years. O'Neill just never filed for a divorce. Instead, he had his name changed and then married the other wife. Now why he would go through the trouble of a name change rather than divorcing the first wife is really not known and seems puzzling since they aren't even living together but, nonetheless, this is what happened.
O'Neill's name previously was Alan Fulk. If O'Neill is convicted with the bigamy charges he could see up to five years in prison.
3rd Bigamist This Week to Be Caught With Another Wife
O'Neil however is not the only bigamist getting busted this weekend in the US. According to the New York Daily News, a Texas flight instructor was married to two wives living just 20 miles apart ! Ha! And furthermore it went on for three years before they discovered each other!
Here's what NY Daily had to say about the case of the other wife:
"Germain Gardea, 38, would spend weekdays with Jennifer Saldivar and their son in Arlington, and then weekends with second wife Leslie Gardea in nearby Grapevine. He kept the women a secret from each other by telling Saldivar he traveled away for work on weekends - and because Leslie worked away during the week. He also created fake divorce documents online and filed Saldivar's taxes for her as a single woman. His secret double life came to light when Leslie discovered he was paying bills for Saldivar - whom she thought was his ex-wife. She contacted her "co-wife" and was left "devastated" when the truth came out..."
About Bigamy/Polygamy ( From Wikipedia)
Polygamy/Bigamy, in particular polygyny where one man takes several wives, is a common marriage pattern in some parts of the world. However, in North America polygamy has never been a culturally normative or legally recognized institution, post colonization by Europeans. In Canada, polygamy laws are written in a slightly different way than in the USA. However, all provinces adhere to the federal Criminal Code of Canada which makes polygamy an offense and punishable by up to five years in prison.
Polygamy/Bigamy became a significant social and political issue in the United States in 1852, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) made it known that a form of the practice, called plural marriage, was part of its doctrine. Opposition to the practice by the United States government resulted in an intense legal conflict, and culminated in LDS Church president Wilford Woodruff announcing the church's official abandonment of the practice on September 25, 1890. However, breakaway Mormon fundamentalist groups living mostly in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico still practice plural marriage. A very small minority of American Muslims also practice polygamy
This case of the other wife being found on Facebook is just one more way social media may make our private lives way more pubic than we ever imagined they could be.