Either Me or Your 59 Tarantulas
(The Sun 27th April 1999)
Jane Alford was so scared of her boyfriend's collection
of 59 tarantulas she gave him the ultimatum:
It's them or me.
And she was horrified when he opted for the huge spiders.
Jane, 32, felt sure Neal McClimon, 31, would give up the
creatures for her.
Instead, he packed his bag and hairy eight-legged pals
and moved out of the semi he shared with her for eight
months. Furious Jane said last night: 'I couldn't believe
he has put those hairy horrible things before his lover.
It is bad enough when you find a spider in the bath.
"But having 59 tarantulas in the
house would give any-one nightmares.
Jane, from Telford, Shropshire, added: "I told him
it's either them or me - and he moved out.
"It wasn't just the fact that I'm arachnophobic.
Neal wouldn't stop going on about spiders. He's obsessed.
It's like him having a load of mistresses, only all with
Jobless Neal began collecting the
creatures - which have a non-lethal bite - eight years
ago. At one point he had TWO HUNDRED.
He said: "I love spiders because
they are so timid and misunderstood. 'I realise now I was
a bit of a spider bore.
'Now the way back to Jane's heart will probably be to
lodge the tarantulas at a friend's house. "
The couple's bizarre break-up will feature in an ITV
documentary, Pets From Hell, on May 5 (1999).