BOOK REVIEW: EVIL BESIDE HER
A true account of a woman’s life as she lived with a dangerous psychopath and she could get no one to believe her or act on her suspicions. Kathryn Casey has chronicled the years that Linda Bergstrom lived with her husband (James) in both fear and hope that he would be caught in the act of one of his crimes.
Fear because she knew that he was committing some type of hideous crimes against innocent victims. And hope that the authorities catching him in the act would put him away so that he would not be able to get to her or their daughter.
James Bergstrom had a troubled past which began at a very young age with various sexual misbehaviors, that although they were known to his family nothing was done about him to stop the actions. Ignoring the problem and not speaking of it did nothing to deter it and in fact the problem grew as he grew older.
Although Linda noted certain things about James early in their marriage these were mostly involved with temper tantrums and some other than normal sexual habits. She had been molested and raped as a young girl so she felt that some of her apprehensions were in fact related to her own past.
James and Linda moved from Houston to the state of Washington when he enlisted in the navy and was assigned to a submarine base there. After being there for a while Linda’s fears of the activities that James is pursuing come back. Prior to his completion of his enlistment he was caught in an attempted rape. However since there was very little evidence the charges were dropped (although Linda went to the police and explained her feelings and suspicions). The navy in lieu of pressing charges of their own against him gave him the option of taking an early discharge.
Neither civilian law enforcement nor the naval command listened to Linda’s charges. Throughout all of the episodes she tried and tried but was unable to get anyone to listen to her. However, the real problem was that she had very little evidence and the authorities had little to none either.
After he left the navy, the couple moved back to Houston where Linda planned to divorce him but she feared that would only cause him to commit more crimes and possibly come after her and her baby. The crimes continue and become even more repetitive. There is, however, a somewhat satisfactory ending to the story for Linda. Furthermore the author brings the bizarre documentary to a satisfactory ending for the readers as she details through interviews the conclusion to the entire ordeal.
Kathryn Casey specializes in writing about real crimes and the participants. She has done a great job in building this one into a story that holds the readers interests.
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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