Forgetful Bridegroom Jailed For Wedding Day Bomb Hoax

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 22 2013 10:19 AM

Forgetful Bridegroom Jailed For Wedding Day Bomb Hoax

A wedding reception at the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood Beach, Florida.
A wedding reception at the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood Beach, Florida.

File photo courtesy of Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel/Flickr

Here's a story about a made-up story that you just can't make up, via the Associated Press:

A forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he'd neglected to book the venue for his wedding has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Neil McArdle called Liverpool's St. George's Hall from a phone booth on his scheduled wedding day in April, claiming a bomb was due to go off in 45 minutes. His fiancee, Amy Williams, was left standing in the street in her wedding gown while the building was evacuated.

According to the BBC's telling of the story, McArdle's would-be in-laws were almost instantly suspicious after the evacuation, with one of Williams' sisters apparently telling McArdle: "You probably done the bomb scare yourself." It didn't take police long to come to the same conclusion, and McArdle was arrested that same day, ultimately admitting to making the call in a misguided attempt to avoid having to fess up to his mistake.

Today, McArdle was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to communicating false information about a bomb hoax. The good news for the 36-year-old Brit: He and Williams, against all odds, are still together. No word on if they have a make-up wedding date. If they do, let's hope they put someone else in charge of locking in the venue reservations this time.

***Follow @JoshVoorhees and the rest of the @slatest team on Twitter.***

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

160 Countries Host Marches to Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Trending News Channel
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Brow Beat
Sept. 21 2014 2:00 PM Colin Farrell Will Star in True Detective’s Second Season
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.