As the Dodgy Perth team desperately tries to delete their names from the Ashley Madison database (we had no idea what the site was, we thought it was a garden equipment retailer), we look back to a time when more direct evidence of infidelity was left behind. In the laundry at an Inglewood home.
The date was 13 December 1947. The time, 11.30pm. Laura came back from her friend’s house, and opened her front door. In the living room she discovered an unknown dishevelled couple, while her beloved carpets were covered in beer and cigarette ash. There was no sign of hubby, James.
Screaming abuse, Laura ordered the strangers to get out. This brought James running into the room. Slurring and barely able to stand upright, he too was told to get out the house.
Muttering curses, Laura set about with a mop and brush to restore some order. After that, she stepped into the garden for fresh air.
There were scuffling noises from the outside laundry, and then a woman scampered out and fled. James poked his head around the laundry door.
Naturally, Laura accused him of less than honourable behaviour, but he denied it. By now she was in no mood to argue, and went to bed. Where James slept that night is not recorded.
The next day she went back to the laundry and in the middle of the floor were a pair of scanties. They definitely weren’t hers.
Taking the panties in her hand, she again confronted hubby. This time, with a sore head, facing the irrefutable evidence, he agreed he had not been completely honest the night before. He didn’t even know the woman’s name, having picked her up at the local pub (probably the Inglewood Hotel) for a quickie after he’d been thrown out earlier.
Laura moved out to Fourth Avenue in Mt Lawley, and got her divorce the following year.
The moral, dear reader, is to always clean up after you. And that includes email addresses.