Monday, May 21, 2007

Eight Women Said "I Do" To Serial Bigamist From Memphis; Blame The Lord.

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

(AP) - A traveling minister who served two years in prison on bigamy charges has been jailed again after at least four women said he proposed to them.

Officials also say there is no evidence that Memphis-born Bishop Anthony Owens, 35, divorced the eight wives he had married before going to prison.

A judge will decide whether Owens should go back to prison. Owens, who turned himself into the Gwinnett County jail April 30, declined to be interviewed. But his new fiancees aren't keeping quiet. Betty Dixon, 38, met him last March in a casino near Memphis. "He was a slick talker," the nurse said. "He told me God had sent him to me and I needed help."

Nurse Cheryl Selmon, 48, says Owens proposed to her last October. A month later, he proposed to Darlene Keeler, 42, a manager of a gospel group. Then he met 43-year-old Karen Ward, a mother of two young children, and proposed to her.

"He said God gave him a message that he was going to move my family to California for a better life," Ward said.

SNARK ALERT: Okay, we'd run more of this story but it's just too damn depressing. Ladies, ladies ... When a man comes up to you in a casino(!) and tells you he's on a mission from God, for craps' sakes, RUN. Do not give him money. Do not sell your property. Do not abandon your children. And for heavens sakes, do NOT marry the guy.

Sheesh. And if you really must read more, go here.

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