Funeral services Tuesday for convicted bigamist

Isaac Custalow, Jr.
Isaac Custalow, Jr.

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The convicted bigamist found dead over the weekend in Virginia Beach will be laid to rest Tuesday

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m for Isaac Custalow, 41, at the Mattaponi Indian Baptist Church Cemetery.

A gathering of friends and family will be held Monday night at Bliley's-Central at 3801 Augusta Avenue from 5-8 p.m.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Custalow died from a drug overdose in his apartment.  His most recent wife found him early Saturday morning dead in the bedroom when she went to check on him.

Custalow was set for sentencing on Tuesday in Chesterfield for having four wives. He faced up to ten years in prison.

Many women say they were looking forward to what they hoped would be a day for justice, but now, now his sudden death has changed everything.

Just a few weeks ago Kristin Denny was "Kristin Custalow". She married Isaac Custalow nine days after they met.  Just eleven days after that, they were separated.

Kristin called our newsroom last month when news first broke about her ex-husband pleading guilty to bigamy, but she got cold feet when our cameras arrived.

"A TV interview doesn't necessarily mean he's going to be able to find me," Denny said. "But just knowing that I was the one out there talking about it made me nervous."

She says Custalow was charming when they first met but quickly became controlling after they were married. Now she's willing to talk to us without any reservations after his death.

"I don't wish harm on anybody," she said. "But it happened and it's kind of like a breath of fresh air because I don't have to worry anymore. I don't have to look over my shoulder when I'm driving down the road."

In April, Custalow pled guilty to bigamy in Chesterfield for marrying Kristin, but he was still facing similar charges in Virginia Beach and Henrico for two other marriages. His death comes right before many of these women say they were about to get closure.

"None of us really get justice in the way we wanted it served," Denny said. "None of us wanted permanent loss, but I did want him to spend time in jail for what he did."

We spoke to two of Custalow's other ex's. All three women say they're relieved this bizarre love ring has come to an end.

"I'm glad I don't have to worry anymore," she said. "I'm glad this can't happen to any more women out there."

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