‘My reality just crumbled’: Moment wife of bigamist who claimed to be CIA agent is told ‘I’m the other Mrs Jordan’ by his other wife
- Mary Turner Thompson was tricked by con artist and bigamist William Jordan
The wife of a man who had convinced her he worked for the CIA has revealed the moment her world ‘crumbled’ when she was contacted by another of his wives.
Bigamist William Allen Jordan left a trail of victims across multiple countries as he scammed women into having relationships and fathering children with him.
Mary Turner Thompson was with the US-born con artist for six years before discovering the scale of his deception, which included being married to two other people and having 13 children with a total of six women.
In a new programme, she has recalled the moment one of his other victims phoned her out of the blue to say she was ‘the other Mrs Jordan’ and to warn her about him.
The three-part series unpicks the life of Jordan, who was jailed in 2014 for his crimes, and the impact he had on Ms Thompson, as well as the search for the convicted sex offender.
Speaking to documentary makers, Mary Turner Thompson revealed the moment her world ‘crumbled’ after being told the truth about her husband
Jordan had two children with Mary Turner Thompson before the scale of his deception was revealed
Ms Thompson said she had felt an ‘instant attraction’ to Jordan and that months later he told her he was a spy for the CIA
Speaking on ‘The Other Mrs Jordan – Catching the Ultimate Conman’, which airs on ITVx next week, Ms Thompson claims she was taken in by the ‘strong connection’ she had with Jordan after meeting him.
‘He was tall dark and handsome and it was instant attraction,’ she said, before revealing that three months into their relationship he claimed he acted worked as a ‘spy’ for the CIA.
She said: ‘There are people sitting there at home right now thinking “this could never happen to me, I would never be so stupid or gullible to believe somebody like that.” Don’t ever think it can’t happen to you.’
The Edinburgh-native recalled how he would spent time away from her, one time claiming he was in Palestine while she was ‘pregnant and struggling financially’.
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She added that the claims about his life as a secret operative left her ‘terrified’ but that she was willing to put up with it as they had made a commitment to each other as husband and wife.
But then her life changed when another woman claiming to be the wife of Jordan contacted her out of the blue in 2006.
A clip of the documentary has recreated the moment Ms Thompson’s world was turned upside down, when a woman called asking: ‘Are you Mary Turner Thompson?’
The mother-of-two responded that she was, to which the other person asked: ‘Are you also Mrs Jordan?’
When she affirmed she was married to Jordan, the other woman shocking said: ‘I’m the other Mrs Jordan.’
Ms Thompson said the revelation shocked her to her core and her ‘reality just crumbled’.
She added that while Jordan ‘messed with the wrong woman when he messed with me’, it left people questioning: ‘How do you know the person sitting next to you right now isn’t a psychopath?’
During their relationship Jordan had conned her out of hundreds of thousands of pounds, as well as inflicting abuse and trauma on her.
In 2006, Jordan pleaded guilty to bigamy, obtaining funds by deception, failing to register as a sex offender and possession of a stun gun. H
He served two-and-a-half years in prison before being deported to the United States where he started to scam women again.
In 2014 he was caught by police again one of the women he had conned, Mischele Lewis, turned the tables on him by luring him to a parking lot in a pre-organised sting.
Jordan was picked up and charged with sexual assault, theft by deception, and impersonating law enforcement, according to the Burlington County, New Jersey, prosecutor’s office. In 2014 he was jailed for three years.
In the documentary, film makers revealed he hadn’t been seen since 2019 as they went on a quest to track him down.
Jordan pictured with another of his wives, Mischele Lewis, who turned informant on him after discovering his deception
Jordan was arrested in the United States in 2014 after he was found scamming women again
Mary Turner Thompson wrote a book in 2020 revealing the true extent of Jordan’s lies to her and the impact it had on her family
Ms Thompson wrote a book in 2020 about the traumatising experience of being with Thompson, and her discovery of his packs of lies.
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She revealed that Jordan had told her he was infertile and that Eilidh was a ‘miracle child,’ but it turned out he had had several children with other women during the course of their relationship.
‘His wife and the nanny had both been pregnant,’ Mary added. ‘We sat down and talked for 12 hours and compared notes.’
The mother-of-two discovered that Jordan had used pregnancy as a way to manipulate women, saying: ‘You’re much more likely to to stay with the father of your children, or stay in contact with the father of your children, than if it’s a boyfriend, so he actively impregnates women to rip them off of the money.’
Eilidh Turner Thompson, who is the daughter of the con artist and Ms Thompson, previously told how her father was ‘so fun’, ‘caring’ and ‘just the right amount of strict’ when she was growing up.
Appearing alongside her mother on This Morning in 2020, Eilidh admitted she had only seen her father as the perfect parent.
She said: ‘He was so fun, he was also caring, he was strict but the right amount of strict a father should be. He was the perfect dad if you could put together all the values a father should have or should be.
‘It was really really shocking that such a kind, amazing caring man could…’ she continued, her voice breaking.
Hayley was on the set of This Morning with her mother Mary Turner Thomson, (left), where they discussed their lives with William Allen Jordan
Asked by Eamon Holmes what she would tell her father is she could see him, the teenager revealed she did not want to speak to her father anymore.
‘I don’t think I’d say anything, I don’t think there’s anything I could say that could do anything or change anything in his mind,’ Eilidh continued.
‘He’s got a personality disorder, it’s not personal. It’s something that took me a while to find out, but it’s not personal.’
Mary and Jordan, who met online in 2000, were together for years before his secret past was uncovered in 2006, when Eilidh was six years old.
‘The Other Mrs Jordan – Catching the Ultimate Conman’ is available from 26 October as part of Swindles & Cons Season on ITVX
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