Semah Osiel is a handsome young Moroccan Jew. He formerly lived in London where he first got married, at the age of 15, with Annie Blasker in 1894. They were living with their two children. Years later, he moved to America and married Miss Sadle Brandon in October, 1899, at Jersey City. Unexpectedly, he disappeared 48 hours after the ceremony along with some money which came to him as a result of the alliance. Apparently, the second wife did not learn of the English wife.
However, in 1904, while at Coney Island he was arrested. He was sentenced to the State prison at Trenton for four years. Interestingly, he was released on parole for good behavior in 1905. He took advantage of his liberty to marry a third wife, the daughter of a Utlea hotel keeper, Miss Ernesline Miller in the city Trenton. He went/ fled to Havana to look after a tobacco plantation, and remained until June 27, 1906.
The women who are said to be married to Semah Osiel who charged him with bigamy; they wanted to “punish” him. The wife No. 1 came to New York as soon as she heard of her husband’s arrest, and also because she had to appear as a witness in his trial. And she met Mrs. Sadie Osiel who congratulated her on bringing their mutual husband to justice.
So he was again brought to Trenton on August 7, 1906. He was sentenced to one year and four months in Sing Sing prison. For good behavior he was again rewarded with a commutation of sentence. He finally admitted his marriage to the three different wives, but “Anna Blasker is [his] only legal wife. The other two are entitled to divorces because [he] committed bigamy.” Surprisingly, in “The New York Times” (August 1, 1904) it is believed that Semah Osiel could have had a fourth wife in New York!
Semah Osiel’s marriage from three (or four) different wives is very problematic and challenging indeed. On one hand his Jewish religion does not permit marrying more than one wife, which shows that he was not a religious man. On the other hand the Moroccan culture tolerates marrying more than one wife. So he was using this tolerance in Europe as well as America; which did not work and was jailed because of bigamy. He looks like an adventurer person. He was described as “interesting” by his second wife’s father in one of the articles. He could trick Sadle’s family and the American justice.
In almost all the articles, he is portrayed as a good-looking handsome young man. Therefore, it seems that he was using his attractive appearance to win women’s hearts and make them fall for him from the first sight. He had a magical power in speaking with women, the father of Sadle, Joseph Brandon, said about Osiel and his daughter that “[they] were constantly together and every time they met the foreigner poured tales of love into Sadle’s ear, until she had no thoughts of anyone but her latest admirer.” In addition, he is well versed in languages, which make it easy for him to communicate with women. As Mr. Brandon says that “Osiel speaks several languages fluently and that (…) he spent all of his time getting acquainted with young girls.”
Osiel is from a very wealthy family, or that what Sadle told her parents. Obviously she was trying to convince them by any means to get married to Osiel. Later she managed to get married with her lover though her father, who was extremely fond of his daughter, wanted a better husband for her. Osiel was showing an apparent love to Sadle as he said that “Life without Sadle was not worth living;” while he was planning to deceive her.
Osiel is a well-behaved person. He managed to get out of the jail thanks to his good behavior. Different newspapers wrote about this issue of Osiel. He must had been an important person. Media was covering all the events of his “bigamy.” He was not simply a stupid, naive person living in Britain or America. He tricked many women, families, and even the American Justice.
 In some other newspapers articles the same person is mentioned as: Sema, Oziel, Oslel.
 Semah Osiel as a Moroccan Jew is only mentioned in one article (Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1968 Sep Grayscale), whereas in others he is identified as a Spaniard. But after doing a research about his family name, it is proved that he is from Moroccan origins, if not a Moroccan.
 In another article it is mentioned how much money he had stolen from his second wife “he is alleged to have taken $300 worth of the young woman’s jewelry, besides $140 borrowed from her father.” (“The New York Times” published: August 1, 1904)
 “Faces Another Bigamy Charge.” Publication: “The New York Times” (September 20, 1907)
 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York. Friday. July 1, 1904.