Normally, I would start a story like this with "Only in Florida!" But this story is so out there, that I don't even think I can use that quote, though, it did happen in Florida.
So, a 68-year-old man from Miami's Golden Beach neighborhood has reportedly had a 'terrible shock' after discovering that his new bride of three months, a 24-year-old woman from Jacksonville, is actually his own biological granddaughter. Is that still considered incest? I mean, I guess it is, right?
The couple made the discovery while looking through a photo album belonging to the 68-year-old, who has requested that both he and his partner not be named by the media. In the photo album were photos of the 68-year-old's children from his first marriage, and one of the children was the bride's own father. That.....is......hysterical!
According to the 68-year-old, he had become estranged from the children of that marriage after his spouse left him, taking the children away and moving to an undisclosed location. He said, "All these years, I was never able to find her," claiming that he'd hired several private investigators who had all failed to locate his ex-wife and children. As the years went by, the man remarried and had several more children with a second wife. That relationship ended in divorce in 2009 and had a serious impact on his finances. However, in 2011, the man received an abrupt change in fortune after a Powerball syndicate he was involved in won a jackpot prize.
With this unexpected jackpot, which totaled 'several million dollars,' he was able to move from his small apartment into a waterfront property in Golden Beach. Life was good for a while, but being single made him lonely and yearn for a companion. He said, "The only people who wanted to see me were my ex-wife and kids, and they were always asking for money."
In 2015, the mad decided that it was time to try and find a new wife, and he set out on a search for a suitable partner. He signed up with a local dating agency that specializes in matching older men with women. As he browsed the dating site, he came across the profile of the 24-year-old travelling down from Jacksonville to meet with him. He said, "We just hit it off right from when she walked into the restaurant." Over the next few weeks, the couple would have several more dates, but at no time was the topic of family discussed in great detail. He said, "At some point, she mentioned that her family lived in Montgomery, but that she hadn't been in contact with them for years due to a dispute. She said she'd fooled around a bit in high school and ended up getting pregnant, and her father, who I later found out is actually my eldest son from my first marriage, kicked her out of the family house." The couples' dates led to a 2015 New Year's Eve proposal on the shore near his Golden Beach property.
Despite their shocking discovery, the couple vowed not to divorce, and are committed to making their marriage a success. They claim that if they never found this news out, they would've lived their lives happily together, regardless. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. I mean considering they didn't know, doesn't that make them distant relatives? Then again, they are already bound by blood since he is the biological grandfather. I'm torn....