Whatever it was, Oliver John Killeen turned himself in to Toronto police last week, confessing to bigamy. The 71-year-old told police he has 19 wives.
Police say the man has multiple spouses in Canada, England and Ireland, and has never obtained a legal divorce for any of his marriages.
"And that's what we know of. We might still find more," he said.
It seems Killeen's a bit of a celebrity across the pond. He was the star of the British documentary "The Conman with 14 Wives." That was five wives ago, by the way. Killeen spent three years in a British jail for bigamy in 2004 and was then deported to Canada.
Killeen spoke about his multiple relationships in an interview with an Irish newspaper in 2006.
"I gave women what they wanted. If they were foolish enough to marry me within a few weeks of meeting me that Biagwas up to them. They should have asked more questions," Killeen said.
"Conning women is easy. I studied psychology and behaviour patterns. I presented myself as a dashing, suave sort of guy and women fell for it."
In that interview Killeen described how he began a "collection of wives" to help care for his family. His second wife only stayed with him for 10 days, so he quickly remarried without waiting for a divorce.
"Getting divorced is costly and time-consuming, so I decided not to bother," he said.
Yeah. Who has the time, eh?
Mr. Killeen also gained infamy in Ireland for posing as a celebrity psychologist, using fake degrees to set himself up as Dr. Oliver J. Killeen, PhD. He ran that scam for a while until he was called to testify in court and the prosecutor unravelled his web of lies.
His ability to reinvent himself had proven irresistable to women, he said. Killian had eight kids from his first marriage in the 70s and another child from another wife.
Killeen is scheduled to appear in court March 24 to answer to the charge of bigamy.
So ladies, if you or anyone you know is married to Oliver John Killian you are asked to contact Toronto police at 416-808-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
By Dan Benoit, found in the Miramichileader
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