Writer in Faro, Portugal
Ben Midland (pseudonym), born as Jacobus.Franciskus M. "Bas" van Weelde, The Hague, The Netherlands (8 september 1954) is a writer of fact-fiction novels.
Ben Midland was born to Jeanne Bleijs, a telephone operator, and Louis van Weelde, an asbestos worker. His grandfather Jacobus Wilhelmus Bleijs (12 october 1892 - April 1 1979) was a painter and decorator, member of the Bleijs family, a line of artistic persons. He was named after his grandfather.
His parents divorced when Ben was three and his father has two children from another relationship. His mother later married Petrus Adrianus Johannes van Gils, an official of the Dutch Dept. of Defense who did not adopted him.
Midland never met his birth father.
After the divorce Midland left the house to be placed at strict Catholic homes in the cities of Wassenaar (St. Franciscus van Padua), Scheveningen (De Vluchtheuvel) Rotterdam (Heemraadsingel) and Santpoort-Noord (St. Rafael).
Midland met Lourdes Nudo Juson, a Filipina in July 1985. They married on October 16, 1986 and had 1 child: Sebastian van Weelde, born June 1997.
The pregnancy was possible through artificial insemination after his wife became the only victim of a unilateral traffic accident in Manila on December 14 in 1994. There, in MMC hospital in Makati, Manila she stayed three month's in coma.
After her recovery Ben 'kidnapped' his wife from the hospital, facing charges against him after he refused to pay for her hospital bills instead of the causer. After trial, three years later the Court of Appeal in Manila convicted the driver, a reckless truck driver from the shanties to pay 100.000.00 pesos fine.
In January 1998 Ben fled out of The Philippines together with his heavily physically and mentally damaged wife and son.
In December 2007, his wife died of a cardiac arrest.
In 2010 Ben Midland remarried again, to Angelique Loef. After dating Angelique, Midland and his son moved in with her and her two kids after a long period wherein she was threatened and beaten up by her violent husband. After their marriage Midland accepted her two kids, Jeffrey and Dave as his own kids.
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