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bigamy

The act of marrying a second (or a third) person while still married to one’s first spouse.
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Now she has written a book called Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved?
Last night, another bigamy victim, Jann Wallace, from Leamington Spa, gave an insight into the mind of serial bigamists. She was the third victim of vicar Roderick Sangster, who was jailed for three years for bigamy in November.
Coronation Street's Peter Barlow is unmasked as a bigamist by his two wives - in front of shocked regulars at the Rovers Return.
Dr Prem Misra, an expert on sexual problems, said: "Basically, bigamists have abnormal personalities whereby they get a little bit of satisfaction and pleasure from keeping things going.
The maximum sentence is seven years in jail, although judges are rarely so harsh and the average sentence for convicted bigamists is four to six months.
(2.) Richard Boyer, Lives of the Bigamists: Marriage, Family, and Community in Colonial Mexico (Albuquerque, 1995); Mary Elizabeth Perry, Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville (Princeton, 1990).
BBC documentary Bigamy, Stories Of Deception catches up with various bigamists - all in the multiple marriage business for differing reasons, all with their own stories to tell.