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Published on March 10th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


Facebook’s ‘People You May Know’ Feature Outs Bigamist

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Ah, Facebook’s creepy algorithms.

You may have seen them in action when you are stalking someone and it always pushes them to the top of your suggestions. (Like “So-and-so, friends with your secret lover, commented on someone’s status.”) It’s obvious they’re tracking us around the site even if we don’t quite know or understand in which ways, and one guy found out the hard way that Facebook is all up in your connections harder than may be comfortable sometimes- as did his two wives.

According to the Washington Post, corrections officer Alan L. O’Neill was married and estranged, and just kind of moved on with it. He remarried, but overlooked one crucial step- dissolving his first marriage before acquiring a second. All went well until Facebook’s “People You May Know” kicked in, alerting Wife 1 to the fact that O’Neill had replaced her- and the Post says it, of course, got ugly:

“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. “…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 has been charged with bigamy, but is free because, as Lindquist jokes, the only danger they believe he poses is possibly “marrying a third woman.” Har.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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