I want my kidney back! When break-ups go bad
Kevin Fiore, a 56-year-old bankrupt builder, neatly bisected the sofa, wardrobe, dressing table and two chests of drawers before writing “Kev’s half” and “mine” on half the remaining wreckage. He then proceeded to tear down the loft ladder, smash up the bathroom and write offensive messages on the walls.
Mr Fiore’s actions may seem a little over-the-top, even amusing to anyone not currently undergoing the temporary insanity of an acrimonious break-up, but they are nothing new. And we should perhaps not be so ready to scoff. The sheer volume of such tales shows us that anyone can fall prey to the red-mist of break-up revenge. In fact Mr Fiore’s antics don’t even come close to what some jilted lovers have resorted to in the name of vengeance.
In 2008, for example, a Cambodian man went one step further than Mr Fiore by cutting his whole house in half.
After divorcing his wife, whom he suspected of seeing a local policeman, 42-year-old Moeun Sarim, along with his family, ripped down half of the family home. They then carried the debris back to his nearby parents’ house leaving his ex-wife’s half still standing, although somewhat more exposed to the elements.
But even this act of demolition pales into insignificance compared to that of US doctor, Nicholas Bartha who, in 2006, blew up his New York town house rather than hand it to his ex-wife. Mr Bartha sadly paid the ultimate price for his folly, dying from injuries caused in the explosion.
Of course jilted lovers like Mr Bartha often go for the house because it’s the most valuable thing they can damage. But that’s not always the case. How about body parts for example?
In 2009 aggrieved divorcee, Dr Richard Batista, demanded the return of his kidney from his ex-wife. The Long Island Doctor had donated his organ to the woman he loved in 2001 after transplants from her father and brother had failed. The new transplant was successful and her life was saved. Mrs Batista then chose to celebrate her new-found health by allegedly having an affair with another man. In the subsequent divorce proceedings Dr Batista demanded the return of his kidney or $1.5 million in compensation. Fortunately for Mrs Batista the judge ruled that organs are not marital assets to be divided.
So far the methods of revenge have been effective but have lacked a certain subtlety. That is perhaps because they have all come from men. As we shall see, when it comes to a woman scorned things get a whole lot more creative.
When a 30-year-old woman from Nevada, known only as Mylissa, found that her boyfriend had been cheating, she sneaked into his house late at night, cut out the pockets of all his trousers, forwarded his calls to a gay sex-chat line then turned his heating up to maximum and super-glued the switch in place.
In a devilishly subtle act of revenge akin to Chinese water torture, founder of RevengeLady.com, Christine Gallagher, took her tools to her ex’s Audi. She unscrewed the door panel and inserted a single marble into the frame before screwing it back together. Her unfortunate ex was plagued by an unnerving rattling sound which it took mechanics months to find. When they eventually did find the source of the noise, they also discovered a note which read: “You finally found it, you fucker.” Slightly less subtle, that bit.
All of which is pretty amusing but let’s not forget that revenge can sometimes get very nasty and very scary. Taking a life is the ultimate retribution and some ex’s are angry enough to go all the way.
Take the example of a jilted Japanese piano teacher who was arrested in 2008 after killing her ex-husband. It sounds like a typical story of a lover’s revenge except the 43-year-old woman had been divorced in an online fantasy game called Maple Story.
Maddened with vengeance, the virtual divorcee had hacked into her online ex’s account and murdered his avatar, which he had been ‘building-up’ for over a year. All of which is very strange but probably not as strange as the fact that this cold-blooded cyber-killer could actually have got five years behind bars for her virtual crime.
Perhaps even more bizarre, although no less satisfying, is the case of the Argentine woman who managed to prove her husband’s infidelities by getting her parrot, Bozo, to testify in court. “I knew he’d seen everything that my husband Carlos did when my back was turned,” Mrs DeGambos said in an interview with Nature’s Corner. “And I knew he had the vocabulary to describe what he had witnessed.”
It seems she was right. Bozo correctly described the three women that Mr DeGambos was suspected of cheating with, as well as correctly naming them from photographs. Bozo also mimicked his mistresses’ antics, shrieking out in court: “No Carlos, not here,” and “Honey bun, I love you,” as well as: “Ruby loves Carlos. Ruby loves her baby.” Mrs DeGambos got her divorce and the Bozo became the world’s first parrot whose testimony was accepted in court.
All of which should give us pause for thought before ditching a partner. In the world of post break-up revenge nothing is safe – your furniture, your car, your house, even your internal organs could be in the firing line. If you are cheating, even your loyal pet could rat you out. And as for your online avatar, it should be afraid…very afraid.Tagged in: break-up, Christine Gallagher, divorce, Kevin Fiore, marriage, Moeun Sarim, Nicholas Bartha, revenge, RevengeLady.com, separation
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