‘ Vicky Donor’ the popular Hindi movies showed how a man by sperm donning became the father of 45 children. The film was a blockbuster hit but what if in real life a man can actually father more than 1300 kids.
Yes, this is true. An 87-year-old man retired postman in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America has been proved to have fathered 1300 illegitimate children. This information surfaced after a private investigator hired by a family found out the truth by DNA testing.
“Contraception wasn’t very popular in those days,” he told local reporters in his defence. “I have nothing to be ashamed of. The 60s were the good old days and I did a great Johnny Cash impression which played out really good with the ladies,” he explained. “Some even thought I was Johnny Cash for real,” he recalls laughingly. “I don’t know if they really believed it or if they were trying to convince themselves, but who was I to say no to a quickie?” he acknowledged.
The private investigator Sid Roy who investigated the entire case could never have imagined that two simple cases of finding a biological father could be that complex.
“It all started in 2001 when two different men that had nothing to do with each other hired me to find their biological father. I was astounded after further investigation to realise they both originated from the same person. That is when the mystery started unravelling and it became a personal mission of mine, whenever I had some free time, I’d try and track down other testimonies. Eventually, DNA testing became really cheap and easy to use and helped me gather a lot of information in the latest years,” he acknowledges.
After the children got to know the identity of their father but none of them holds any grudge against him and no lawsuit has been filed yet.
“Most people who are aware of the truth don’t want this information to get out and have given anonymous testimonies,” he explains. “The truth unleashed could break up hundreds or more families and that’s definitely not the point of all these years of research. All I know is that most people are glad to know the truth and don’t bear any grudge against the old man, I guess it was a more common practice in those days,” he acknowledges.
Although DNA testing and testimonies point out to over 1,300 illegitimate children fathered by the retired postman, Sid Roy believes there could be much more. “I’ve spent 15 years of my own personal time into this, I think it’s enough,” he admits. “But my research clearly shows there could be many more children,” he told local reporters, although he declined to comment if the numbers were in the hundreds or thousands more.
By – Parul Kulshrestha