Tarry for the Nonce

August 11, 2005

Family Trees . . . or Forests

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 4:36 pm

Although he was loved enough to be visited by all three wives, he wasn’t loved enough to stay out of trouble:

When Melvyn Reed’s three wives showed up to visit him at the hospital, they brought an unexpected curtain call to his years as a double bigamist.

British police confirmed that after Melvyn Reed woke from his triple bypass heart operation earlier this year, his complicated marital affairs took a turn for a worse. All three of his spouses had turned up at the same time, despite his efforts to stagger their visits . . .

The Metropolitan Police said Reed married his first wife, Jean Grafton, in 1966, then left her without divorcing her. He went on to marry Denise Harrington in 1998, then married Lyndsey Hutchinson in 2003.

British media have widely reported that Reed recently moved back in with his first wife, Grafton. They say she is the mother of his three grown children.



  1. Wow, how does one even begin to comprehend becoming a bigamist? I mean, did this guy wake up one day and say ‘gee, I think I need more wives to nag the h*ll out of me.’?

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 11, 2005 @ 5:57 pm

  2. not fair!

    Women only gently remind their otherwise clueless husbands of the many things they fail to remember to get done by the time that the things need to get done. It’s a thankless task, but somebody has to do it.


    Where would husbands be without their wives!

    come to think of it, they…. ummmmm…. wouldn’t be husbands…..

    Comment by auntlori — August 11, 2005 @ 8:34 pm

  3. Hey now!

    It was a joke. It was not meant to upset the married ladies who read through the forum here….

    Besides, I am sure my life would probably be better if I had a wife who nagge..err, reminded me about things. I’d say more, but I think that my lackadaisical nature is taking over. Man was not meant to be alone and all that.


    Comment by Andrew P. — August 12, 2005 @ 1:19 am

  4. Ooh, you need to [re-]watch Bill Cosby Himself. He’s got some great wisdom there which illustrates why husbands appear to be forgetful, but are merely using their superior intellect to find a way to get out of doing work…. hehe

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 12, 2005 @ 1:22 am

  5. A “double bigamist”? Shouldn’t that be trigamist?

    Comment by Toly — August 13, 2005 @ 8:23 am

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