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Accidental Bigamist: WI Man Marries Without Docs From Legal Wife…Again


You know how when you were in school you knew a note from your mother could get you out of just about everything? And then, when you became a working adult, you used a note from your doctor to excuse a lengthy absence.

Still later, after getting married, you know you need a divorce decree from your current wife to trade her in for another model? We’ve had this certificate program for a really long time. I thought everyone knew about it.

Apparently, Adam Marx, from Wisconsin thought his wife Karen would be kind enough to tend to their divorce for him, without him, so he could go on his merry marry way.

After all, Karen had waited seven years for him to divorce his first wife to marry her.

And she’d supported him when he quit his job immediately upon marrying her.

And she’d taken him back when he wanted to spend her Christmas bonus.

AND she’d emptied her 401(k) account to ‘start fresh’ with him.

Why wouldn’t she pay for and process his divorce from her? She’d been such a good sport for so long.

Too bad for Adam social media came along. It spoiled his run of staying under Karen’s radar. So, thank goodness for social media, but shame on sloppy civil servants.

Here’s the story of Wisconsin’s Accidental Bigamist, and by that  I  mean Deliberate Two-Timing S.O.B.


[Karen] Marx, 48, had been searching for her husband since he disappeared in 2005, she said. He left no note, gave no explanation and sent no word for almost a decade until she tracked him down on Facebook.

What she found shocked her: Not only was Adam L. Marx living in Wisconsin, he was happily married — to someone else.

“I just thought, ‘How could he get married again?'” Karen Marx said. “Am I dead? What did he do with my identity?”

It was a surprising turn in the mystery of her missing husband, but it was one that Karen Marx was more than willing to solve after nine years of questions.

‘One big, happy family’

She met Adam Marx at the Outagamie County Fair, in the shadows of the zipper ride — her favorite. He was working at the fair, running the ride, and Karen Shepard found herself instantly attracted to the man with long hair and endless charm.

He also had a wife.

SCREECH–what do you mean, Karen, by saying, “I just thought, ‘how could he get married again?'” He was married when you met him!

But the future Karen Marx was undeterred; Adam Marx had been with his first wife for only six weeks before moving out. Seven years later, he still was technically married, but he was willing to change that for her.

“I figured, ‘He’s going to get divorced, and this means he really wants to be with me and the kids,'” Karen Marx said. “We’ll be one big, happy family.”

Karen, Karen, Karen . . . Really, you thought that? Go to your room.

Adam Marx and his first wife filed for divorce in 2001. He married Karen a year later on Valentine’s Day.

After a courthouse wedding and a dinner at the local supper club with her three children and his two, the newlyweds took a honeymoon in Sheboygan, Wis.

Adam Marx quit his job and moved in with his wife, who supported the family as a machine operator.

Within a year, Adam Marx had vanished, leaving behind a note for his wife then.

The first time he left me, . . .” Karen Marx said. “He basically told me it was all my fault and he couldn’t handle my kids.”

He returned several months later, just in time for Karen Marx’s Christmas bonus. While she suspected Adam Marx had returned only for the money, she took him back.

“My ultimatum was ‘If you ever do this to me again, I won’t take you back,’ ” Karen Marx said. “I did it once. I won’t do it twice.”

The reunited family needed a fresh start, so Karen Marx cashed in her 401(K) and they moved to Clinton, Mont. — population 1,052.

Things began to disintegrate when Adam Marx stopped coming home and started racking up debt with payday loans, Karen Marx said. She began to suspect he was cheating on her and gave him a choice: Shape up or leave.

SCREECH. Again, hold the serial conman’s phone. What? Why is ‘shape up’ an option? The man is incapable of shaping up, and you, dear Karen, are setting yourself up to be hoodwinked AGAIN.

You can continue reading this story at:

But, you already know whether or not Adam Marx ‘shaped up or left’. What we don’t know is whether or not Karen still suffers from severe gullibility, or maybe she has finally recovered.

Oh, and here’s another link to a story about a bigamist caught by posting on Facebook. So, note to bigamists: If you’re happy and you know it–keep it offline.

And. . .another report on video about a bigamist who is also wanted for forgery in a check cashing scheme. Imagine that! Related content:



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