And the "devastated" woman also accused her spouse of leaving unregistered guns wrapped in a blanket in a closet in her home.
Gordon Howard Krell, 49, appeared in provincial court Tuesday on one count of bigamy and four weapons charges and was remanded in custody until his next appearance because he hadn't been able to post his $200 bail.
Last night, Sheila Westwong said she was "absolutely, totally devastated" when she learned her husband of ten years apparently was already married to another woman.
"It shattered my whole world," said Westwong, 45. "For 10 years I've been living a lie," she said.
Westwong also said she is thankful Krell is behind bars because she has been living in fear of running into him.
Westwong said she and Krell were married in a legal ceremony near Wabamun on July 3, 1999. On March 14, 2007, she returned home to find him gone and his wedding ring left on a dresser.
She ended up calling his sister and discovering he was allegedly already married to a woman named Lucie Brunet, whom Krell had married in 1990. And a couple of days later, she met Brunet, whom ironically is now her friend.
Westwong said she has now joined a support group for victims of bigamists and is trying to get help.
One problem is she has since met another man she calls her "best friend" and is engaged to be married, but learned that, despite being the victim, she has to pay a fee to get an annulment before she can wed again.
City police spokesman Patrycia Thenu confirmed the unusual and rare incident was reported by Westwong in March 2007.
"Krell was already married and he decided to get married again without getting a divorce," said Thenu.
The alleged bigamist could not be found when police laid the charges in October 2007 so an arrest warrant was issued for him and he was picked up on Sept. 21.
At that time of his appearance before a justice of the peace, when he had bail of $200 cash set, Krell was listed as residing in a basement suite in northwest Edmonton.
According to court documents, the allegedly unlicensed and improperly stored weapons were a Ranger bolt- action rifle and a Marlin bolt- action rifle.
Krell is slated to be back in court on Oct. 16.
By Tony Blais of the Edmonton Sun