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Don't let this happen to you! How a BBS ruined a marriage
Ί I LOST MY HUSBAND'S HEART... TO HIS HOME COMPUTER!" says Laura Carr -- Ί
Ί who claims her husband Alan became so obsessed with his computer that it Ί
Ί led him to jail and destroyed their marriage. Ί
Alan was arrested for computer crimes and is now awaiting trial. And
their once happy marriage is ending in divorce.
"Some men lavish love on a mistress -- but my husband showered all his
affection on his electronic girlfriend," said Laura, a Milwaukee, Wis.,
Former high school sweethearts, Laura and Alan were happily married
for 13 years. "He was my best buddy as well as my husband" said Laura,
35. "When our daughter was born three years ago we made a beautiful
family. Alan loved to take us out. Life was wonderful."
But that all ended two years ago when Alan, also 35, took a job at the
University of Wisconsin and was able to use the computer lab in his spare
time, she said.
"Suddenly every minute he wasn't working he spent teaching himself to use
"Next he bought his own computer and then added a modem -- a telephone
linkup with other computer users and with computer billboards, services
which offer all kinds of information."
Soon Alan was focusing all his attention on his computer, she said.
"Four, five, six hours a night he'd be hunched over the computer. His
computer was always linked up the other computers through the modem, hour
after hour, day after day. Our telephone line was constantly busy!
"Once I tried to call home to tell Alan I'd be staying later at a
friend's house, but I couldn't get through on the phone. When I came
home I found out he was so busy with his computer he didn't even notice I
"In the evenings he would sit at the computer while I watched TV or
read to our daughter. He was in a world of his own.
"Hour after hour the computer and printer would whir on. Sometimes
he's stay up all night while I slept alone. Other nights he's have the
computer working through the night amassing information."
"When I'd finally get him to go out, he was so resentful it was obvious
he wanted to be at home. He hated to leave is 'mistress.'
"I wanted new furniture. But all our spare money was spent on the
computer, software and supplies.
"My life was turning into a nightmare. I was fighting for my husband's
attention against a piece of electronic wizardry. And I was coming in
The couple argued often, Laura admitted. "I used to tell him the
computer was destroying our marriage. We could no longer laugh together
or love together. I was angry at the computer. I hated it."
Then suddenly last September 30th Laura got the shock of her life.
Police called to tell her Alan was under arrest.
He was arraigned on charges of committing computer crimes and obtaining
telecommunications services by fraud, said Assistant District Attorney Jon
Reddin, head of the Milwaukee District Attorney's white-collor crime unit.
"According to the allegations, he programmed his computer to gain
access to a private long-distance telephone company's computer and obtain
authorization codes that enabled him to make free long-distance telephone
calls, " said Reddin.
Added Laura, "Alan had never been in trouble with the law before. He'd
always been totally honest. But that machine changed him. Breaking the
rules with the computer had become a challenge. Alan faced temptation he
would never have faced if he had not had a computer.
"He called me from jail and asked me to bail him out. I said 'No.'
When he did get out, I told him our marriage was over. How we're getting
"There's no doubt in my mind what broke up our marriage -- the
--Joe Mullins, National Enquirer
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