Bestselling author sheds light on why men have secret wives

From lying about being a CIA agent to having two wives just miles apart: Bestselling author Adele Parks reveals everything she’s learned about bigamists while writing her new book – and the signs YOU should look out for

  • Bestselling author Adele Parks’ new book Both of You follows female bigamist 
  • While researching for the novel, she said she learned more about the crime
  • Met with bigamists and said they ‘had a lot of brassneck’ and ‘oozed confidence’ 
  • Meanwhile she said many ‘use work as an excuse’ to spend time away from home 

A bestselling author who penned a book about bigamy has revealed everything she has learned about the crime – and the signs any woman should look out for.

Adele Parks’ new novel Both of You follows a female bigamist who goes by two names, Leigh Fletcher and Kai Janssen, and has two completely separate lives to match.

Adele has now revealed the different signs people should be looking out for to know if their partner is lying to them, telling The Sun: ‘The thing they have in common is a lot of brassneck.’

Among those whose stories Parks researched was that of Adrian Linham, 44, who had two wives living just 16 miles apart, as well as William Allen Jordan, who told his wife he had a secretive double life as a CIA agent.  

Bestselling author Adele Parks has revealed everything she has learned about bigamists – and the signs any woman should look out for (pictured, Adrian Linham, 44, with his wife Liz – he had two wives living just 16 miles apart)

‘All bigamists seem to ooze confidence in their invincibility.’

She added: ‘They think they’re such good liars that they’ll fool everyone all the time.’

Meanwhile Adele also explained:  ‘Some of them depend on travelling with work to create an opportunity to run two (or more) lives in parallel.’ 

The bestselling author researched multiple stories of bigamy for her latest novel, including that of Adrian Lingham.  

Mary Turner Thomson, 53, of Edinburgh, believed husband William Allen Jordan (pictured together with her two young children) was a CIA agent, but he was in fact a serial bigamist

He had divorced his first wife, Melanie, in 2006 before marrying his second, Liz, in 2007.  

They were still together when he wed the third, Hayley, in 2014. His web of lies included spending alternative Christmas days with one and then the other (using mysterious ‘family emergencies’ as an excuse); telling his best man, who attended both ceremonies, that he had divorced Liz suddenly.

He even gave Liz the wedding cake topper from his wedding ceremony with Hayley as a birthday gift. 

In the end, he was undone by his own mother, who wrote to Liz — who she believed her son had divorced — to check she was coping without him.

He was briefly jailed for bigamy in 2015, before Hayley, a nursery teacher, gave him a second chance and he returned to their home in the village of Winterbourne, Gloucestershire. 

But it wasn’t long before he had returned to his old ways, embarking on an affair with yet another woman he was secretly planning to make wife number four.

Jordan is pictured with Mischele Lewis who he also duped after he returned to the US, having served two and a half years in the UK for bigamy, fraud, and possession of a firearm

And it’s not always men!  Bigamist mother-of-three married her lover and having his baby – keeping the relationship AND pregnancy hidden from her ‘sad and distraught’ husband of 18 years

Brinda Kantamanen (pictured), 42, falsified her father’s name on the marriage certificate during her wedding to her lover Matthew Hall, 45, at Ealing Town Hall in West London in October 2017

Brinda Kantamanen, 42, falsified her father’s name on the marriage certificate during her wedding to her lover Matthew Hall, 45, at Ealing Town Hall in west London in October 2017.

But 18 years earlier, in May 1999, she had married Ravi in North Carolina.

The couple held a traditional Indian ceremony later that year and went on to have two children together, reported the Mirror.

 Her husband was ‘sad and distraught’ when he found out Kantamanen had married another man and hidden a pregnancy from him.

The consequences of that final relationship were devastating. When his third wife Hayley and his suspicious new bride-to-be found out about each other, they both unceremoniously dumped him.

Linham moved back to live with his mother but, left with nothing after his web of lies unravelled, he took his own life in March 2016. 

Meanwhile Mary Turner Thomson, 53, from Edinburgh, made headlines around the world when it was revealed that the husband she thought she knew and loved, New Jersey native William Allen Jordan, 53, was in fact a liar and a scam artist who had duped several other women into marriage, as well as fathering 13 children with six partners.

The couple, who met online in 2000, were together for years before his secret past was uncovered – with Thomson admitting that, until then, Jordan, who claimed he was an active CIA operative on secondment to MI5 in the UK, seemed like the perfect husband and father.

Thomson quickly became entrapped in Jordan’s web of lies, not only falling for his story about being an active CIA agent who would often have to disappear for months at a time on various ‘missions’ – but also believing him when he told her that he was infertile due to a childhood illness.

Little did she know that he was in fact a pathological liar who had lied to her about almost every single aspect of his life and career – from his fake job as a CIA agent to his previous relationships, marriages, and children.

Jordan’s deception came to light at the end of 2005 when he told Thomson that he’d had a run-in with the police over what he described as a ‘misunderstanding’ relating to a friend’s credit card 

Jordan then vanished again shortly before Christmas that year and called in January to warn Thomson that the police were about to ring her.

He told his wife that the police would claim he had been arrested for bigamy, insisting that the charges were an error on the part of the authorities, who had found ‘papers’ relating to a CIA asset named Julie, who he claimed had been posing as his wife in order to conduct spy work in the UK.

Jordan even came up with an excuse for why police would tell his wife that he was a registered sex offender – insisting that the charge had been fabricated by the CIA in order to allow him to question a real criminal inside a sex offenders’ wing in a jail.

The truth, as she later learned, was that he had in fact been arrested and convicted of molesting a girl between the ages of nine and 13 back in 1997.

But despite the incredible fabrication, Thomson believed him, and it was only when his fake ‘asset’, Julie Bringhurst – who was in fact another of his wives – phoned her, that Jordan’s true deception was made painfully clear to her.

Jordan was charged and jailed for bigamy, illegally possessing a stun gun and fraud.

He spent two and a half years of his five-year sentence in prison in the UK, and upon release was deported back to the US.

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