We might all have that one friend in our group who has a weird relationship with their partner. It usually makes us wonder what they see in each other and how they even ended up being together. Though we can’t comprehend their relationship, we know they have some bizarre love story that brought them together. But our friends’ stories will surely never be as bizarre as the ones you are about to read! Go on and read the 10 most bizarre love stories the world had to witness.
1. Linda Riss and Burton Pugach
Linda Riss was scarred and blinded by her ex-boyfriend, Burton Pugach, who hired three hitmen to throw lye in her face when she ended their relationship. Pugach served 14 years of jail time, and when he was released, the two married and remained married for many years.
Linda Riss was a 22-year-old dark-haired woman from the Bronx who was often described as a lookalike of Elizabeth Taylor. She fell for a successful older man named Burton Pugach and was in a relationship with him for three years until she found out he was married and a father of a three-year-old girl.
She ended the relationship, but that did not go well with Pugach. He demanded that she marry him and warned her about the consequences if she didn’t. He even stated that if he can’t have her, then no one else can.
In June 1959, when Pugach found out she was engaged to another man, he hired three assailants to attack her. The assailants threw lye on her face, which left her blind in one eye and nearly blind in the other. She was also permanently scarred. Pugach was convicted for the crime and spent 14 years in prison, but this did not deter him from relentlessly communicating and professing his love for her.
When he was released, he proposed to her during an interview with the local TV station, and Linda agreed. To her, this was the best revenge she could get. They married in November 1974 and remained married until her death in 2013. (1, 2)
2. Edith Casas and her twin sister’s murderer
Edith Casas married Victor Cingolani, the murderer of Johana Casas, her twin sister. She believed that he was wrongly convicted and married him while he was in prison.
Edith Casas, a 22-year-old Argentine woman, agreed to marry the man who was convicted for her twin sister’s murder. She believed that her fiance, Victor Cingolani, wouldn’t hurt a fly and that he was wrongly convicted. Cingolani was in a relationship with the model Johana Casas, the twin, but he claimed that the relationship was just casual and that he was actually in love with Edith.
Johana Casas was found dead in July 2010 with two bullet wounds. While the exact circumstances of her death remained a mystery, Cingolani was convicted for the murder and was sentenced to imprisonment for 13 years.
Edith and Victor married in a private registry office ceremony in Pico Truncado, in southern Argentina on Valentine’s Day, 2013. During their earlier planned ceremony that was to be held in December, the twins’ mother claimed that Edith was psychologically ill and stopped it. The family has since disowned her and claimed that both their daughters were dead to them. The father even stated that “Johana is with God, and Edith is with the Devil.” (1, 2, 3)
3. Corinne Hofmann and the Masai warrior
Corinne Hofmann was in Kenya on a holiday with her boyfriend, Marco, when she met a Kenyan Samburu warrior named Lketinga. She fell in love with the warrior, so she left Marco, sold her belongings in Switzerland, then returned to marry him.
Corrine Hofmann was a businesswoman who owned a clothing store in Switzerland. While she was on a trip to Kenya with her boyfriend, Marco, she spotted a tall, Masai warrior on a ferry in Mombasa, wearing only a short, red loincloth. With his wiry, muscular build, and oozing masculinity, she instantly found him irresistible. His name was Lketinga Leparmorijo, and she decided that this tall stranger was the one for her.
She soon ended her relationship with Marco, went back to Switzerland to sell all her belongings, and in 1987, she returned to Kenya, determined to find her one true love, Lketinga, and marry him. She eventually courted him and they married. The two even had a daughter. But life was hard in the Masai village. She had to adapt and learn to live as a Samburu woman, fetching food and water.
Besides the arduous chores, she also suffered from health issues and marital problems. With diseases like malaria affecting her health and her husband’s jealousy and paranoid nature damaging their relationship, she returned to Switzerland in 1990 with her daughter for good. She eventually wrote a book on her experiences called Die weisse Massai (The White Masai) which sold millions and was even made into a movie. (1, 2)
4. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith
Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married model Mandy Smith when he was 52, and she was 18, after dating her for five years. When they divorced, Wyman’s son from his first marriage married Mandy’s mother, Patsy Smith. This makes Patsy both a daughter-in-law and an ex-mother-in-law for Wyman and makes Mandy his step-granddaughter.
Bill Wyman, a former bassist in the Rolling Stones, was 47 years old when he first saw Mandy Smith at London’s Lyceum Ballroom. He immediately found her alluring, and she was only 13 at the time. He described his relationship with her as, “It was from the heart.
It wasn’t lust, which people were seeing it as.” The relationship became public when Smith was 16 years old, and it caused a lot of controversy. The two married when Smith was 18 years old and Wyman was 52. The marriage lasted for three years before they finally got a divorce in 1991.
What is even bizarre in this situation is that after the entire fiasco, Wyman’s eldest son, Stephen Wyman from his first wife Diane Cory was planning to marry an older woman. The woman happened to be Patsy Smith, Mandy Smith’s mother. This makes Patsy both a daughter-in-law and ex-mother-in-law for Wyman and Mandy, his step-granddaughter. If this is not the messiest family in history, I don’t know what is! (1, 2, 3)
5. Carl Tanzler and a tuberculosis patient
Carl Tanzler, a radiologist, became so obsessed with a young tuberculosis patient that when she died, he took her corpse home. He slept with the corpse for seven years before he was found. Since the statute of limitations expired for his crime of grave robbing, he was set free.
Carl Tanzler, a 56-year-old radiologist in Florida, became obsessed with one of the tuberculosis patients admitted to his hospital. She was a young, 22-year-old Cuban-American called Maria Elena de Hoyos. Tanzler wanted to marry her once she recovered, but before she could respond to his feelings, she succumbed to the disease and died.
Unable to let go of her and fearing she would decay if she was buried, he convinced her family to not bury her. Instead, he built her a mausoleum and preserved her in formaldehyde. He visited her every day and would sit for hours to converse with her.
Eventually, he removed her corpse and took it home. He bought preservatives and perfumes to keep her in a good shape, but the body began deteriorating. He stuffed her body with rags to prevent her from collapsing and dressed her in a bridal gown and strung her bones together using piano wire, replaced her eyes with glass eyes, and used wax and silk for her skin.
Tanzler slept with the body for seven years before this situation was ever found out. Once it was discovered, he was arrested, but since the statute of limitations for the crime of grave robbery had expired, he was set free. She was later buried in secret in an unknown location to prevent further tampering. (1, 2)