Man Married to Two Women Gets Caught by Facebook

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wedding cakeFor me, Facebook's "People You May Know" feature is more of a nusiance than anything else. Everytime I give it even more than a passing glance, I think, Okay, Facebook, I don't need you playing matchmaker for me, mm'k? I'd already be friends with that person if I wanted to be! And most of us feel that way, right? But once in a while, it shows its value, I guess ...

Such as in the case of a Seattle woman who was just cruisin' around on the social network, doing her thing, when the site suggested she "Friend" a woman who was shown in a photo with ... wait for it, wait for it ... Seattle lady's HUSBAND, Alan O'Neill. Oh, but it wasn't just any ol' pic -- you know, from college or something. It was a pic of the two of them alongside their wedding cake!!! YES, for real!

Now, according to the News Tribune, O'Neill is due in court on bigamy charges on March 22. Wow ...

Apparently, Wife No. 1 (Seattle lady) confronted her husband, and asked him several times if they were divorced, according to court records. Reportedly, O'Neill used to be named Alan Fulk. He married his first wife in 2001. He reportedly moved out eight years later, but neither he nor she filed for divorce, the records show. Then in December, he petitioned to change his last name to O'Neill, and later married his second wife. Ay yi yi!!

When Wife No. 1 confronted O'Neill, he asked her to stay silent about his "double life" and said he'd resolve it, but clearly, she wasn't keen on keeping quiet. Instead, she made sure her not-quite-ex was arrested on a felony charge.

D'oh! Lesson Just goes to show that Facebook is a tricky beast. As a pretty much omnipresent force in our lives today, screwing up -- and screwing around -- is a lot more difficult than it ever was. And in a case like this one, that's a very good thing.

What do you think about this crazy story?! How do you feel about the "People You May Know" feature?


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Sweet... SweetPieMama24

Well I just don't understand how this is illegal but that kody guy with 5 wives isn't in jail.

alisa... alisabethjaimes

It's because, as far as my understanding goes, only one marriage is legal.

nonmember avatar Kristi

SweetPie, Kody from sister wives isn't legally married to all of his wives, just the first one. The rest are spiritual marriages and honestly comparing people in consensual relationships to a guy who won't divorce his first wife for whatever reason but decided to sneak behind her back and change his name and get married again (I'm giving his second wife the benefit of the doubt and assuming she didn't know either), pretty ridiculous. I don't care if people want to have multiple spouses as long as their consenting adults and not committing child abuse, but it all have to be honest.

nonmember avatar gina

It's different because in a polygamous relationship, only one person is legally married to the main person- so it's not bigamy. in this situation, he was legally married to 2 people- so it's immediately jailable.

jessa... jessasmamma

sweetpie - that kody guy is only legally married to one of the women - the rest had spiritual

ceremonies or whatever but are not legally married to him.

sweet... sweet.lil.mama

Stupid on his part, why didn't he just divorce his first wife

MIA0223 MIA0223

I actually know a woman who found out her DH was married to another woman from FB!
But he married the other woman in a country where polygamy is legal so all she could do is divorce him here.
I hate the people you may know feature too!
My DH's ex wife pops up so much!

Total... Totallysmitten

It's stupid. The friend suggestions are stupid too.

Bryce... Brycesmommy21

My sister's father in law is married to of course her mother in law.... Well he had to work out of the country for a few months at a time over a 3 year period so far and through facebook we find out he is married to someone in that country. In fact I was the one to discover it, I went onto his facebook page after be asked to be my friend and while browsing I came across recent wall posts from another lady with his last name saying how happy she was to finally be married to Him and how happy he made her etc. What made me first discover her was she tagged him as her husband. Crazy thing was his original wife is his friend on facebook as well. I told my sister and she told her hubby and he confronted his dad, his dad denied it of course. My sister hubby does not want to get involved so he never told his mom. This all happen about a year and a half ago, then about a month ago my sister annnnd her husband got a friend request from the other wife!!!

nonmember avatar OneDayOfPeace

I think the real wrong here isn't that he was married to two people(though that isn't legal, duly noted)- but that he did it without either woman's consent or knowledge. For shame.

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