Friday, March 09, 2012
Everyone Loves A Wedding
All of my friends are married, cousins paired up, and distant relations united in holy wedlock.
No one has children of marrying age.
There's no weddings to look forward to for the next several years, and who doesn't miss that grand party?
Oliver Killeen loves weddings so much that he's had, let's see, as many as nineteen is it?
A native of Mayo, the man is possessed of a singular charm. Con men are usually quite charming, aren't they, as they scam their way through life.
He had a predilection for beating his wives as well, and even though his marriages were short-lived, he didn't bother with unpleasant divorce proceedings. He simply moved on.
He advertised himself as a "media psychologist" but like so much else about him, the university degrees were bogus. That didn't stop him from earning a considerable living through therapy sessions, media appearances, and all sorts of high profile activities.
Mr. Killeen's travels brought to life the image of a sailor with a wife in every port. Clearly he was mad for weddings, but who isn't? The drinking, the food, the happy times---and if you can't wrangle enough invitations to suit your fancy, why not just stage your own?
He's finally been sentenced in Toronto for a fraudulent marriage that took place in 1978, but he'll only have to serve 90 days, all of it on weekends because he's 75 and is entitled to the senior discount.
Yet he managed to serve out his bigamy sentence in England in 2004 without needing special treatment.
Those Canadians. Always so polite and considerate. Perhaps they, too, enjoy a good wedding celebration and can't sincerely fault a man who enjoys a good time.