Wednesday, November 22, 2006

File under: Strange

Offered for your perusal, an anti-smoking crusader for kids gets busted for polygamy bigamy.

A man who dresses up as a giant cigarette and uses hip-hop music to encourage children in Lynchburg and beyond to avoid smoking pleaded guilty Tuesday to bigamy. Phillip Dale Williams, 37, had as many as four wives at the same time, Chuck Felmlee, deputy commonwealth's attorney, said.


Williams was known locally for playing "Douglas 'Dude' Cigarette," a character he created in 1996. He has performed in about a dozen states.

Williams faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced March 9.

10 years in prison... for the crime of marrying four people being married to several people at once? That seems a little harsh, especially since it sounds like one of his wives is going to be looking for compensation. Seems more of a punishment to set him free!