As I arrived in Australia today I heard the news that Gabriel Watson has just been accused of murdering his bride of 11 days while they were on their honeymoon on the barrier reef. The TV show in the airport showed the wedding photos.
My first thought was, “What an amazing demonstration of the insanity we humans enter into when it comes to relationships. If you hated her enough to kill her, why didn’t you just cancel the wedding and let her live in peace?”
That might tell you something about the intense insanity that’s present in the relationships I see all around me every day. And how often do couples kill each other slowly, rather than merely separate and start a life which would work for them? That’s another kind of murder….but the murdered are accomplices in that one!
Doing more research, this crime seems to be one of finance, not passion. The man the Australian press has dubbed “the Honeymoon Killer” served 18 months already for manslaughter in Australia, but he now faces murder charges in the US. It turns out his wife’s father said that Gibson had asked his daughter to increase her life insurance before they went on their honeymoon, and to make him the sole beneficiary.
In a bizarre coincidence, the news today also included news that Anni Dewani, also killed while on her honeymoon in South Africa, was the victim not of random South African violence, but of a plot by HER husband. A taxi driver pleaded guilty to killing her. He was promised some 2000 rand and only received 1000. A rand is much less than a dollar! This news was headlines in Britain when I was there in October, but now it seems the pathos and tragedy of it surpasses even what the tabloids could conjure up.
In general, research shows that marriage is good for your health, and people in happy marriages live longer and have less stress–but it does pay to pay attention to who you’re marrying!
If you’d like to hear the info about how marriage contributes to your health and well-being, that’s included in my teleclass, How to Find Mr. Wonderful and Keep Him, which is available for sale on this website.