Married Father Of Five Returns From The 'Dead' After 16 Years, With Gay Lover
A married father of five children resurfaces after being presumed dead for 16 years. The kicker? He's back from the dead with his gay lover.
You can't make this stuff up folks.
ABC News shares Eric Myers' full story. Here's an excerpt:
Myers said that because he was gay, he felt forced to create a fake persona from a young age. He said that he believed having a girlfriend would help make him feel how he was "supposed" to feel.
He turned to religion and at the age of 13 became fervently evangelical, he said.
"That was when I started thinking, This isn't right. I want to be with men," said Myers.
When religion didn't work, he thought marrying Anne and starting a family would help. But it didn't, and ultimately the lie caught up with him on that business trip to San Diego, he said. He remembers thinking that at first Cabo would just be a temporary getaway.
"I'm sitting there, saying, You can do this and still go back. You can still do this and still be OK. Maybe a week. Maybe two weeks," said Myers.
But Myers didn't go back. Two weeks turned into four months, and then, without one phone call home, he headed to Palm Springs, Calif.
Myers said that while searching for a new job, he met Sean Lung, a tourist from Canada, and they immediately connected.
Myers and Lung soon moved in together and frequently traveled together. Myers assumed different identities and took odd jobs that didn't require an ID.
All the while, Eric's family was forced to go through life without their father and dad, and in 1996, Myers was declared legally dead. His family cashed in a life insurance policy worth $800,000, and the money was placed in trusts for his two daughters.
Myers said that during that time he tried to avoid thinking about the life he had left behind.
"I cannot say anything to deny that it is the most selfish thing in the world. And I will never be painted as a saint. But no one is all good, and no one is all bad," said Myers.
Myers' youngest daughter, Kirsten Ruggiano, 30, battled alcoholism in the wake of her father's "death."
With the reveal that Myers is, in fact, alive his family is now being sued for the $800,000 life insurance payment that they received, plus interest.
His children have had no contact with their father and as Ruggiano says, "It almost hurt more to have him come back than it did for him to go in the first place."
She also doesn't buy his excuse that he disappeared because he was gay. She explains, "I know a lot of people who would never do this … absolutely never blame it on their homosexuality. I don't believe that he is capable of love."
We're really not sure how you come back from that one, Instincters. And we certainly hope Myers is the one that ends up paying that insurance bill...
What's your take?