Sentenced to life in debtor’s prison. That is what one young immigrant was faced with after being locked up for failing to meet his young wife’s demands for money for herself and the relatives she brought over from the Old Country to be supported by her bricklayer hubby.
The bitterest fruit of the alimony tree is harvested during the holiday season by broken men imprisoned on a whim by their greedy ex-wives. Not even economic collapse brought mercy to these men and their kids.
Men stuck in debtors’ prisons for failure to pay either alimony or their wives’ debts sometimes found a way out by putting their lives at risk on the battlefield. Robert St. Estephe reports from the trenches.