Facebook’s “People You May Know” feature usually leads to one of three things: the profile of someone you’d like to connect with, profiles of people you know but aren’t interested in connecting with, and lists of total strangers. But a Seattle woman got a big surprise when one of her friend suggestions turned out to be married to her husband.
According to charging documents filed Thursday, [Alan] O’Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing her. The first wife first noticed O’Neill had moved on to another woman when Facebook suggested the friendship connection to wife No. 2 under the “People You May Know” feature.
“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.
Wife No. 1 then called the defendant’s mother.
“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 asked Wife No. 1 to give him time to fix things, but instead she alerted the authorities and he is now being charged with bigamy. Her lack of sympathy may have to do with the fact that she was arrested following an altercation with the woman who would later become Wife No. 2 around the time when O’Neill moved out, so there’s definitely some hurtful truth to Facebook’s algorithm. Oh, drama.