Sanctuary for the Abused
Monday, October 03, 2005
After becoming involved with bigmist, first-hand, I've decided to develop a site to fight bigamy, after meeting my counterpart in the UK, Julia Johns and becoming familiar with her website, StopBigamy--UK. I want to make people more aware of what bigamy is, its implications, and current bigamists in the news.
Bigamy is a serious social and criminal problem that is overlooked, laughed at, and enabled by the way in which applications for marriage licenses are haphazardly given to applicants, especially in the United States.
For example, if you apply for a marriage license, no background checking is done, and you are "at your word" to provide honest answers on the marriage application. A man or woman who is already married, could easily go tomorrow and get married and no checking would be performed. Furthermore, there is no centralized database for jurisdictions to check to see whether or not a person is being truthful on their application.
The sentences and fines for bigamy are horrible. Bigamy is classified as a felony in most states, yet rarely do bigamists ever spend one night in jail and many get off with fines less than what most of us get for speeding tickets.
In my case, a little quirk in the law has put my bigamy complaint against Charles Edward "Ed" Hicks in the hands of a civil judge who will decide whether or not I am legally married to this bigamist. Since he had not obtained a divorce from Wife #5 when he married Wife #6, that makes Wife #6's marriage possibly null and void in Virginia. Therefore she has the bigamous marriage, and I may not. Wife #6 is trying very hard to file a bigamy complaint in another jurisdiction in Virginia where she and Ed Hicks lived.
A headline I recently read about my situation said: It's Not Bigamy, It's Trigamy! How true! Ed Hicks has been married at least seven times and four of those marriages cross, meaning he would marry the next one before the one before divorced him. This has been a pattern of life for him for thirty years. He will not stop. How many more lives have to be affected by this predator? For more, read the rest of my story.
Bigamists wreak havoc on the lives they touch, not only emotionally but also financially. And, in my opinion many bigamists are psychopaths (sociopath) con men who prey on trusting, kind women. Moreover, the Internet has given these emotional vampires a whole new supply. Online dating sites allow these predators to be anyone they want to be and they present themselves as charming and charismatic, but they are MASTER manipulators.
Hopefully this site will help you understand bigamy a bit more and understand that bigamists throw people away like we would a used candy wrapper...without remorse, without conscience, and without guilt.
The lastest on Ed Hicks.