A recently bereaved New York widow was shocked to discover that the man she thought she was married to, and lived with until his death eight years earlier, had secretly divorced her.
Vivian Pitt Dowers, 75, from Brooklyn, had no idea that she was a divorcee. She was married to David Dowers for over 30 years and it was not until after his death that she discovered the divorce papers in which her husband claimed she had abandoned him.
The New York Post reported Mrs. Dowers exclaimed “What you talking about? Me no sign no divorce papers!” upon discovering the hidden papers. In addition to secretly divorcing his wife Dowers had also cut her out from his pension and life-insurance. The widow declared she still loved her husband.
Mrs. Dowers managed to successfully contest the divorce, with a judge ruling the divorce was fraudulent. The rather strange story is comparable to that of a Saudi Arabian man who divorced his wife without telling her.
The couple continued to live together after the secret divorce. Digital Journal reported that when the Saudi wife discovered she was a divorcee she demanded her former husband be stoned to death for committing adultery with her, through having sex outside marriage. However in the Saudi divorce case the wronged wife never declared her love for her former spouse, preferring him to suffer an agonising death.