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Evil Beside Her: The True Story of a Texas Woman's Marriage to a Dangerous Psychopath

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Very troubling story, well written

This is a sad tale, all too common, of a battered wife and mother, Linda Bergstrom, at the hands of a sick controlling psychopath. She remained married to James Bergstrom longer than she should have in order to protect her daughter and prevent James from molesting her a...
This is a sad tale, all too common, of a battered wife and mother, Linda Bergstrom, at the hands of a sick controlling psychopath. She remained married to James Bergstrom longer than she should have in order to protect her daughter and prevent James from molesting her as an infant. She gave James every opportunity and more to get professional help while also doing everything within her power to try to alert the various police departments in and around Houston, TX, to the fact that her husband was a rapist and on the prowl. Prior to Houston, he had been arrested in Kitsap County, WA, while they were stationed there during his stint as a submariner in the Navy. While there she faced the sad truth that her suspicions about her husband were true. The Kitsap County police knew he was guilty of rape and voyerism in their jurisdiction, but they did not have the necessary evidence to arrest and prosecute him. Ironically, after trying desperately to believe in him and wanting so much to have a child, she found out she was pregnant just prior to his discharge back to Houston. She had just come to the conclusion that she would have to stay with him in order to get back to Houston and her family and had decided to initiate divorce proceedings in Houston. After she found out she was pregnant, however, and after James' threats that she could never get away from him and that he would kill her and the baby, she knew she had to stay until she could convince the police that he was a serious threat to all women and until she could help them to catch him in the act. What this brave woman went through is quite an inspiration, if not often very frustrating. Kathryn Casey's recounting of her ordeal is engrossing and well-written. If you enjoy true crime writing, you will enjoy this book. It is among the best I have read in this genre.

posted by GranC on July 9, 2009

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1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Really???

I have no idea why this woman stayed in this relationship so long . Ridiculous.

posted by Love_My_Nook_Color on December 9, 2011

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    Very troubling story, well written

    This is a sad tale, all too common, of a battered wife and mother, Linda Bergstrom, at the hands of a sick controlling psychopath. She remained married to James Bergstrom longer than she should have in order to protect her daughter and prevent James from molesting her as an infant. She gave James every opportunity and more to get professional help while also doing everything within her power to try to alert the various police departments in and around Houston, TX, to the fact that her husband was a rapist and on the prowl. Prior to Houston, he had been arrested in Kitsap County, WA, while they were stationed there during his stint as a submariner in the Navy. While there she faced the sad truth that her suspicions about her husband were true. The Kitsap County police knew he was guilty of rape and voyerism in their jurisdiction, but they did not have the necessary evidence to arrest and prosecute him. Ironically, after trying desperately to believe in him and wanting so much to have a child, she found out she was pregnant just prior to his discharge back to Houston. She had just come to the conclusion that she would have to stay with him in order to get back to Houston and her family and had decided to initiate divorce proceedings in Houston. After she found out she was pregnant, however, and after James' threats that she could never get away from him and that he would kill her and the baby, she knew she had to stay until she could convince the police that he was a serious threat to all women and until she could help them to catch him in the act. What this brave woman went through is quite an inspiration, if not often very frustrating. Kathryn Casey's recounting of her ordeal is engrossing and well-written. If you enjoy true crime writing, you will enjoy this book. It is among the best I have read in this genre.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Upset

    It is extermly upsetting that someone who has never been in an abusive relationship will pass judgement. If you are scared,and isolated,have no money or support of any kind. What are you to do? Every thing is not black and white. If you have never been there...dont judge about why not just leave it isnt that simple.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    I was very impressed by this author.  This story was about a bru

    I was very impressed by this author.  This story was about a brutal marriage to a brutal man.  I read it in one day
    because I had to find out if the wife ever got away from this sick man.  I'll let you find out for yourself.  It was an
    excellent read.  Story flowed well.  The author never went off story to describe trees. buildings, etc. I hate when authors do that.
    do that sort of thing.  Well not this one, she flowed through the story which made it a good true crime read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    To anonymous - From Tammy

    Women cannot judge other women who stay in messed up marriages. You must walk a mile in her shoes to know the answer to that. No its not that simple. Don't call the victim "ridiculous or desperate. You just can't know. You better jope you never know.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Another good writer

    Very good writer
    Reminds me of ann rule
    Must read all her book
    I have
    Patiently waiting for her next book :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Good

    Well written...please never let this monster out !! ....Bn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Really???

    I have no idea why this woman stayed in this relationship so long . Ridiculous.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    YYU

    Yj

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Red

    She paded in and as quick as wind she darted thro this part of the forest killing prey she sees

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Sneer

    Zzzz....

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

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    Why do woman stay with men like this for any length of time?  

    Why do woman stay with men like this for any length of time?  

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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