From the philandering of Bill Clinton to the affairs of Anthony Weiner, there are few things more certain to gain tabloid attention than a political sex scandal. But ex-Alabama governor Robert Bentley’s downfall came about not because of a plucky journalist but thanks to the politician’s scorned wife Dianne. And the pitch-perfect payback that she dealt out is sure to make all husbands think twice before they cheat.
On the surface, Robert and Dianne Bentley seemed like the perfect couple. After meeting as students at the University of Alabama, the pair married in 1965 and began planning a family of their own. Soon after, moreover, they were blessed with four sons: John Mark, Paul, Luke and Matthew.
Though he briefly served in the U.S. Air Force, Robert went on to work as a dermatologist. Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the doctor set up a practice that made him an admired figure in the community. He was also respected by fellow practitioners, who even chose him as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”