6. Ted Bundy and Carol Boone
Ted Bundy married Carol Boone while the serial killer was on trial, and Boone was standing as a witness for him. He had found a legal loophole which meant that a declaration of marriage in front of a judge would make their marriage legal. The two also had a daughter when he was on death row.
Carol Boone, a twice-divorced mother, first met Ted Bundy in 1974 at work. Bundy was working for the Washington State Department of Emergency Services in Olympia, WA. During the day, he would help in the search of the women that had gone missing, but by night he would kill them, committing the very crime that his department was trying to solve.
Carol, who also worked at the Emergency Management, found him rather charming and hit it off with him without knowing his secrets. Since the two were in separate relationships of their own, it didn’t go further.
In 1977, when Bundy was imprisoned in Utah for his heinous crimes involving kidnap, rape, and murder, the two reconnected and exchanged letters. In 1978, when Bundy was arrested for kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl, Boone stood as a witness in his trial. Since the two wanted to marry but couldn’t due to their circumstances, they had to resort to crooked means.
Bundy had found a legal loophole that would make their marriage possible. According to Florida Law, “…a public declaration, properly phrased, in an open courtroom in the presence of court officers would make the ceremony legal.”
Bundy proposed to her in court, and with proper phrasing by the two of them, they were declared married. Though he was sentenced to death a third time for the 12-year-old’s murder, Boone visited often. After two years of lock-up, Boone gave birth to their daughter, even though conjugal visits were not allowed in that prison. (1, 2, 3)
7. Doreen Lioy and Richard Ramirez
Doreen Lioy sent serial killer Richard Ramirez 75 letters in 11 years while he was imprisoned. When she saw his mugshot on TV, she noticed something captivating in his eyes. Eventually, Ramirez proposed to her, and their relationship continued for nine years before they got married.
Doreen Lioy was a freelance magazine editor who came upon a mugshot of Richard Ramirez while watching television. When she saw his picture, she was captivated by him, and the hint of vulnerability in his eyes drew her in. Richard Ramirez, often dubbed as the “Night Stalker,” would enter homes, murder, and sexually abuse the victims. He would rob valuables and leave behind pentagrams, a symbol that was associated with the Devil’s worship.
Lioy reached out to Ramirez with a birthday card soon after his arrest, followed by letters, before they finally met a year later. After a third visit with the “Night Stalker,” Lioy decided that he was the man of her dreams. When Ramirez proposed, she accepted it, even though he was on death row.
She had written him 75 letters in the 11 years of his incarceration, and throughout their relationship, she maintained that he was innocent. On October 3, 1996, the two married in California’s San Quentin State Prison. In 2013, after being on death row for 23 years, Ramirez died of complications related to B-cell lymphoma at 53. (1, 2, 3)
8. Maria Butzki, her husband and her lover
Maria Butzki, a 33-year-old woman, unable to choose between her husband and her new lover, chose to live with both of them. With her husband’s consent, her new lover moved into their family home, and now Maria, her husband, and her lover share the space with Maria’s two daughters.
Maria Butzki is a 33-year-old woman from Zimbabwe who lived with her husband, Paul, and two daughters at Barking, East London until things were not working for the two anymore. Due to financial stress, the two drifted apart and lost their intimacy.
When Maria met another man, Peter Gruman, at work, there was an instant attraction which developed into a secret affair. Unable to cope with the secrecy, she told her husband about Peter and moved out. But she realized she missed her husband dearly and also couldn’t imagine living without Peter. She wanted both of them in her life.
To her amazement, the two men struck up an extraordinary friendship that made her come up with a solution. Knowing that living with both men was the only way, she moved Peter into their family home in Barking. Now Maria, the two men, and her daughters all share a home. This situation has also benefited them in terms of an extra hand to contribute towards expenses and sharing chores. (source)
9. Peter the Dolphin and his trainer
Peter the Dolphin became incredibly close to his trainer Margaret Howe, who was supposed to teach him to communicate with humans. After several weeks of constantly being around each other, he fell in love with her. When he was shipped to another lab, after the experiment ended, he committed suicide as he could not deal with the broken heart.
Six-year-old Peter the Dolphin was part of a NASA-funded research project that aimed at teaching Peter to speak through his blowhole. Margaret Howe was the research assistant who was working on trying to teach Peter to communicate with humans. She was supposed to spend three months teaching him English words, but it did not go as planned.
Since Peter was a maturing adolescent dolphin, he soon fell in love with Howe owing to her constant presence around him. This playfulness and attention-seeking nature often disrupted his communications lessons. Once the experiment ended, Peter was shipped to another lab, and this caused his health to deteriorate. After a few weeks, he committed suicide, and the veterinarian ruled the cause of death as a broken heart. (1, 2)
10. Carl Emil Pettersson and Princess Singdo
In 1907, Carl Emil Pettersson, a Swedish sailor, became shipwrecked on an island inhabited by cannibals. He was taken to the king of the island, but fortunately, the princess fell in love with this outsider. He married her, had nine children, and eventually took over the throne after the death of his father-in-law.
Carl Emil Pettersson, a Swedish sailor, began sailing at 17. In 1898 he wound up in the Bismarck Archipelago of German New Guinea, where he worked for the German trading house, Neuguinea-Compagnie, headquartered in Kokopo.
On Christmas, 1904, when Pettersson was on his recruiting trip in the Pacific, his vessel sank off the Tabar Island in New Ireland Province. He washed ashore near a village and the native islanders soon surrounded him. The island was believed to be inhabited by cannibals, and at that time, cannibalism was not uncommon.
Though he was considered strong, his survival was still bleak. But luckily for him, instead of being devoured, he was captured and taken to their king. Princess Singdo, the daughter of the local king, Lamy, soon fell in love with this outsider.
The two married in 1907 and bore nine children. When the king passed away, Petterson took over the throne and ruled. He was called “Strong Charley” among the locals for his famed physical strength. This is the story of the man whose life changed from a sailor to a king because of a princess. (source)