bill-swift - March 15, 2012
Sometimes, I think Facebook does more bad than good. Sure, it makes connecting with new people and re-connecting with old friends easy. But it also makes some people act kind of nuts, with some people committing murder or burning down other people's garages (see story here) because they were unfriended.
Aside from that, Facebook does a pretty good job of outing men who have two wives as well. That's what happened to Alan L. O'Neill last week, no thanks to Facebook's "People You May Know" feature that led his first wife to discover that he had walked down the aisle for the second time--without getting a divorce.
Apparently, O'Neill was married for the first time in 2001, when he was still known as Alan Fulk. The relationship ran its course until he moved out in 2009. Neither Wife no. 1 nor O'Neill had filed for divorce. O'Neill then changed his name, met someone new, and remarried.
Wife no. 1 made the shocking (or is it not-so-shocking?) discovery when she logged on to Facebook and viewed Wife no. 2's profile, after the latter appeared on her "People You May Know" list. While browsing Wife no. 2's wall, the first missus saw a picture of O'Neill and Number Two, standing beside a wedding cake.
Wife no. 1 then called her estranged husband's mother, who confirmed that her son had indeed married again. A meeting between O'Neill then ensued, where he allegedly begged her to keep the dual marriages a secret, saying that he would "fix it."
By now, you could guess what Wife no. 1 did next: ignore his pleas and go to the authorities with the information. Bigamy charges have since been filed against O'Neill, who could face up to five years in jail time and a $10,000 fine if he's convicted.
Article by Hazel Chua
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