Revenge is a dish best served cold!
When a woman found out her husband of 19 years was having an affair with her friend of 25 years, she decided to take revenge with a clever message involving her old wedding dress.
One Woman's Revenge Story
Karen Dineen's epic story of revenge when she discovered that her husband was cheating on her is both hilarious and inspiring.
And it all started when she began to suspect that her husband was having an affair.
They Had The Perfect Life
Karen and her husband Terry looked like they had a fairytale life on the surface. The couple were married for 19 years and even shared two kids together.
Then things took a dark turn.
Her Husband's Behavior Changed
Karen began to notice a couple of warning signs in how her husband's behavior had changed. He started coming home from work, getting dressed in nice clothes, and then leaving again, claiming he had to return to work.
He worked construction, and Karen didn't think there'd be a good reason for him to get dressed up.
He Made A Sneaky Change
Then Karen noticed that her husband had changed his phone passcode, which he hadn't done the entire time she'd been married to him.
She was already suspicious when Christmas rolled around.
His Guilty Conscious
Karen said that the present he bought her clued her in that he was feeling guilty about something.
"That Christmas, he bought me a £700 diamond ring which just had guilt written all over it," she said.
His Sneaky Plan
When she checked the receipt, she saw he had also bought two bottles of her perfume, although he'd only given her one.
"What he was thinking was, he will buy both of us Opium so when he comes in smelling of it, it's my perfume."
Then It All Changed
While these things all raised suspicions for Karen, it was something he said to her in the New Year that set her off.
"Around Valentine's Day, I remember him saying something like, 'I don't know what I want to do with the rest of my life,' so I said, ‘I thought I was part of it?’ He said, ‘You are, but I don't know what I want to do; just give me time.’"
"I make a brilliant friend but a terrible enemy, and he was making such an enemy of me," she said.
Karen set into the start of her plan, which involved gathering up some of her husband's items and selling them.
She Was Just Beginning
"I thought, 'You can have all the [expletive] time you like, mate,' so I started making plans. I started getting rid of stuff, selling stuff," she said.
But she knew if she wanted to make a bigger move, she'd need proof.
She Got His Phone Passcode
One morning, Karen said that "He woke me up by moving to get his phone, and something in my head said, 'mouth shut, eyes and ears open.'"
"I just looked up and saw him put four of the same number in his phone, so I thought, right, now we've got the pin number."
She Bided Her Time
Karen saw her opportunity to use the new passcode one night when Terry was in the shower.
"One night, it was like my body became possessed, I paused the telly, and I heard him in the shower. I went out to the car, started it, and left the door open."
She Saw Texts From His Side Chick
Karen said the texts contained messages like "I can't believe last night, it was wonderful," "Yeah, we made up for not seeing each other," and "Don't give her any ammunition."
They even had pet names for each other, like "huggy bear."
The Side Chick Wasn't A Stranger
To make matters worse, the other woman was someone Karen knew – her friend Carol. Karen had known Carol longer than she had known Terry.
They had been friends for 25 years.
A Deep Betrayal
Carol had even been at Karen and Terry's wedding. Terry had befriended Carol's husband afterward, and the two couples were close friends.
Even the couples' respective children had become friends with each other.
Everyone Had Known
Karen described it as a betrayal, not just from Carol and Terry, but from other people who had known about it.
"It was the betrayal of a husband and a friend. Neighbors and friends knew about it and never told me," she said.
Karen Felt Humiliated
"You can't imagine how [expletive] humiliating it is to have all these people know it’s going on and not say anything to you," she said.
She was angry but knew she had to get even.
Karen Revealed She Knew The Truth
Although Karen told Terry she knew about his affair, he insisted on denying everything until she revealed that she had seen the text messages on his phone.
That was when she had the idea of revenge.
Don't Get Mad, Get Even
Karen explained that she thought to herself, “Wait until he shows his true colors. [Carol] has no idea what she let herself in for."
"The grass is always greener on the other side.”
It Hit Her While Cleaning
While Terry was in the process of moving out of the house, Karen was cleaning out the rest of his things when she had the idea.
"I saw my wedding dress when I was packing up my house and thought, 'She can[expletive] have this.'"
She Put Her Plan Into Motion
Karen packed the dress up and then set out in her car.
She arrived at Carol's house and set her wedding dress up on a stand outside the front door, along with a note.
The Note Was Brutal
The note that Karen left with her dress pulled absolutely no punches.
"Hey Carol, I know you love secondhand goods, so I thought you might like the dress I wore when I married your boyfriend. Love, Karen xx."
Karen Was Beaming
"Leaving a wedding dress and putting that note through the door, I knew there was nothing they could do," Karen explained.
"I was shaking like a kid at Christmas with excitement. “
Her Husband Didn't Find It So Funny
When asked about her revenge later, Terry was quoted as saying, "Ask [Karen] what she's like to live with, and then you might get a real story on why people do cheat on her."
It seems like he didn't think it was so funny!
Her Husband Says "Get A Life"
"When you do eventually go and get in touch with her, tell her to go and get a life," Terry went on to say.
"How many people have affairs every single day of their lives? People have affairs every day."
But Karen Isn't Ashamed
Karen doesn't feel bad or guilty about her actions at all and feels like Carol and Terry had it coming.
"I've got nothing to hide. That bird was a friend of mine for 25 years. I was with him for 19 years," she said.
He Hadn't Been Honest
Karen said he should have broken things off with her before cheating. "He never said, 'Karen, I don't love you; I don't want to be with you anymore.' That would have been fine," she said.
"That would have been a shock, but not as much as this."
He Lost Her Respect
"If he had come to me and said I don't love you anymore, and I don't want to be with you, I would have had a bit more respect for him," she said.
"But the way he did it, with the lies and the sneaking around. He'd be sitting in the front room with me, looking at text messages on his phone."
Karen Says They're "Vile"
"They were my friends, and when I met Terry, Carol's husband became friends with him. It's vile," Karen said about the situation.
Karen said that she immediately cut contact with both of them and even changed her number.
Carol and Terry Are Still Together
It's been four years since this situation went down, but as far as Karen knows, they're still together.
"I do believe they are still together now. He'll be slowly chipping away at her."
Karen Gets The Last Laugh
"I've been single for four years," Karen said. "When I chucked him out, I got a chihuahua, who is cleaner, more loyal, and more faithful."
"I got the better end of the deal there. Win-win."