You no doubt have heard the shocking claims from Mackenzie Phillips that not only did she and her famous father, The Mamas & the Papas star John Phillips, carry on a ten-year sexual affair, but that he also talked to her about running away to a faraway place where they could be married.
Ew, right? Well, naturally, we immediately thought of another wealthy, screwed-up father and daughter couple who not only talked about getting married, but did something about it.
In 2006, the Voice and its sister paper in Ft. Lauderdale, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, printed the amazing story of hedge fund slimeball Bruce McMahan, who, court documents alleged, not only carried on a years long sexual affair with his daughter, Linda, but also went so far as to put on a wedding.
In June, 2004, the couple flew to London (McMahan had homes in Westchester County, Miami, and elsewhere), where the two went into famed Westminster Abbey — where Britain’s kings and queens are crowned — and exchanged expensive Cartier wedding rings. They then went outside, took a series of photos, and then in e-mails began referring to each other as “H” and “W,” for husband and wife.
As for physical proof of a sexual relationship between the two — well, court documents included DNA results from a dildo which settled that matter pretty conclusively. (Yes, ew.)
A year later, the relationship fell apart, and Linda and Bruce ended up facing each other in at least five lawsuits filed from Florida to California. The documents from those cases enabled writer Kelly Cramer to assemble her remarkable story.
Soon after the story, however, McMahan used his millions to settle all the lawsuits, and convinced judges to seal the court records so that other news organizations couldn’t get them — which is why, unless you read our story earlier, you probably haven’t heard anything about McMahan (he also skillfully used constant pressure from his attorneys to scrub clean his Wikipedia page).
But we haven’t forgotten, Bruce.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 24, 2009
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