Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Bigamist Pleads Guilty

New York, 1895

It was a busy day in the court of sessions Tuesday. At 5 o'clock the grand Jury filed into the court and the foreman handed Judge Garretson a batch of indictments. William G. Bennett, the bigamist of Ozone Park, pleaded guilty and asked the mercy of the court.

Bennett is about 36 years old. He said that when he was quite young he married Mary Ballington in Albany. They did not live happily and after a year's separation he met his wife, and she promised to live with him again. He furnished a house and was ready to receive her, when she sent him a note telling him that she had obtained a divorce. He remained single for six years, when he married Evelina Howard of Ozone Park. Like the first marriage his second union was unhappy. His wife quarreled with him frequently. Judge Garretson told the prisoner that he would take his story into consideration.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, March 8, 1895, p. 8.

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