‘Other Wife’ Found on Facebook
Technology. You’ve got to love it. Look at all the good it can do. You can call home and adjust your furnace. You can call from an airport and remote start your car so it’s nice and warm when you get to the vehicle. E-mail, Twitter, YouTube. The list goes on and on and on. This technology thing is all good and fine. Until you try to have two different wives. At the same time.
Oh, it’s happened before. We’ve heard stories of a guy being married to two women at one time before, but this seems to be a first. There’s a guy who was exposed. This time it was Facebook that was his undoing.
41-year-old Alan L. O’Neill, a Washington state corrections officer, married a woman in 2001, separated from her eight years later, then changed his name and remarried another woman.
The two wives revealed O’Neill’s deception when they looked into the fact they had both shown up as “friends” of their husband’s Facebook profile.
“Wife No. 1 went to wife No. 2′s page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told the Associated Press today.
O’Neill’s first wife then called and confronted the mother of wife No. 2.
“An hour later the defendant arrived at [Wife No. 1's] apartment, and she asked him several times if they were divorced,” court records show. “The defendant said, ‘No, we are still married.’”
O’Neill allegedly asked that his first wife not alert authorities to the bigamy, which is illegal under federal and state laws. However, she went ahead and reported his duplicity.
O’Neill was previously known as Alan Fulk and currently works as a Pierce County corrections officer, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. He was placed on leave after being charged. O’Neill faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
Our world is changing. By the second, rules are being written and rewritten. Technology is a big part of those changes. Years ago, the world was a much simpler place to live and there weren’t nearly as many rules to follow or possible traps to consider. Oh sure still we had rules like, you can only be married to one woman at a time. There just weren’t as many ‘bases to cover, I’s to dot and T’s to cross.
At our house we have a phrase that just keeps coming up when we hear of stories like this. It’s a simple phrase that some people seem to ignore. ‘Yeah, you just can’t be doing that.’