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Betanelli, Michael C

Second husband of Helena P. BLAVATSKY. While Blavatsky was in Philadelphia, U.S., she was pestered repeatedly by Betanelli who was infatuated by her. When he threatened to commit suicide if she did not marry him, she eventually agreed (her first husband, Nikifor Blavatsky, having died). The agreement was on the strict stipulation that he would not expect any conjugal rights; that she could retain the name of Blavatsky, and that she would be free of all marital responsibilities. They married in March 1875. Betanelli failed to keep his half of the bargain, however, and they separated after a few months of unhappiness. They were divorced May 25, 1878.


J. Ransom. A Short History of the Theosophical Society. p. 66/7.



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