Evil Beside Her

Evil Beside Her

Sleeping with a monsterAt first, Linda Bergstrom's marriage to her husband James was idyllic. They were young and in love; he was about to enter the Navy and she was eager to start a family. But it wasn't long before the dream exploded. James became abusive and violent, prone to sudden bursts of anger, long silences, and unexplained disappearances. But Linda vo...

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Title:Evil Beside Her
Author:Kathryn Casey
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Evil Beside Her Reviews

  • Kathy

    This was a good book

    The Guy is so evil

    It is hard to believe there are really people out there like this.

  • Indra

    Finishing this book feels like running a marathon...one of those fascinating criminal cases that is hard to wrap the head around for the sheer volume and chronology of crimes involved. What the people in this criminal's life had to tolerate, live with on a daily basis, and what some of them deliberately ignored is what I found most affecting because it rings true--human nature is simply that people don't see what they don't want to see even if it's right in front of them. The sheer amount of cou

    Finishing this book feels like running a marathon...one of those fascinating criminal cases that is hard to wrap the head around for the sheer volume and chronology of crimes involved. What the people in this criminal's life had to tolerate, live with on a daily basis, and what some of them deliberately ignored is what I found most affecting because it rings true--human nature is simply that people don't see what they don't want to see even if it's right in front of them. The sheer amount of courage it took the criminal's former wife just to get up every morning, keep fighting him, the people associated with, and the system--all to keep her child safe--is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The reader gets sucked in because the writing never wavers or drops off. In an unprecedented move--at least one I have never seen in another true crime book--author Kathryn Casey includes contact information for the criminal's parole board in the Afterword, as he is up for parole in 2010.

  • Terri

    Linda Bergstrom discovered she had married a monster. Her husband was a rapist and no one would listen to her. For years she tried telling the navy, his family, the police.... No one would listen and the victims continued to pile up.

    This was a very engaging book and you could feel Linda's frustration when no one would stop her husband and lock him up and her relief when he finally was.

  • IJ

    This is the first book that I have read by Kathryn Casey, and wow what a book it is.

    It takes place in Washington State and Texas, mostly Texas.

    As a woman, I often ask myself when you hear of domestic abuse etc. why a woman would stay with her abuser.

    Well.. folks.. read this book and you will find out why.

    This is the TRUE story of a serial rapist married to a wife who repeatedly tells the police about her husband being a rapist and NOTHING is done about it.

    This gives

    This is the first book that I have read by Kathryn Casey, and wow what a book it is.

    It takes place in Washington State and Texas, mostly Texas.

    As a woman, I often ask myself when you hear of domestic abuse etc. why a woman would stay with her abuser.

    Well.. folks.. read this book and you will find out why.

    This is the TRUE story of a serial rapist married to a wife who repeatedly tells the police about her husband being a rapist and NOTHING is done about it.

    This gives you the inside look at how a serial rapist mind works, and how it affects everyone around him.

    Be sure to read this and as a woman, you will never leave your doors and windows open again.

    Good Book.. but very sad that there are monsters out there, and so much that the law cannot do to protect us.

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  • ♥ Marlene♥

    Not as good as I hoped it would be.

    It felt like the author was constantly making excuses why the rapist wife stayed with her husband all those years and that started to get old very quickly.

    Its not a bad book but I wish I would not have bought it, not worth 7 or 8 euros.

  • Lady ♥ Belleza

    This is the first true crime book Kathryn Casey wrote. It is told mainly from interviews, most with Linda Bergstrom. After a difficult childhood and a sexual assault as a teenager Linda found someone she thought would treat her well, at first the marriage seemed good, James himself had a difficult childhood with anger issues. He became abusive and violent, would disappear for hours at a time.

    James had a secret life that when Linda found out about she was horrified. Her attempts to re

    This is the first true crime book Kathryn Casey wrote. It is told mainly from interviews, most with Linda Bergstrom. After a difficult childhood and a sexual assault as a teenager Linda found someone she thought would treat her well, at first the marriage seemed good, James himself had a difficult childhood with anger issues. He became abusive and violent, would disappear for hours at a time.

    James had a secret life that when Linda found out about she was horrified. Her attempts to report him appeared to go nowhere, unfortunately she had no proof of her allegations. Also as his wife she was unable to testify against him. Eventually he was brought to justice.

    This is not a good as the other books of Kathryn Casey, however it is her first book. I have read other reviews that felt Kathryn was making excuses for the wife staying with the husband, one reviewer went so far as to say she was a ‘dumb-ass’. I don’t feel this was the case, the excuses were the wife’s and are consistent with battered woman syndrome. Even though this was not as good as others, I still enjoyed it, even though much information was from interview, she did try to bring out several points of view if she was able to. I recommend this book.

  • CrabbyPatty

    A sobering tale of a woman married to a serial rapist. Linda Bergstrom tried for YEARS to get someone to listen to her about her husband James' violent nature. James was a weird kid with rape fantasies who turned into a controlling husband who beat his wife and made her life a living hell. James is a psychopath with no empathy and thought of his history of ever escalating rapes as his little "problem" and when he's finally caught - after YEARS of police officers not listening to Linda or followi

    A sobering tale of a woman married to a serial rapist. Linda Bergstrom tried for YEARS to get someone to listen to her about her husband James' violent nature. James was a weird kid with rape fantasies who turned into a controlling husband who beat his wife and made her life a living hell. James is a psychopath with no empathy and thought of his history of ever escalating rapes as his little "problem" and when he's finally caught - after YEARS of police officers not listening to Linda or following up on her calls and pleas - he's sentenced to four 99-year-sentences in a Texas prison.

    It's a fascinating story, but the author seems to muddle her way through the telling, going into exhaustive detail about some elements, and then completely grossing over other more important parts of the case. For example, James' family sounds absolutely crazy - in denial big-time with an alcoholic father and an enabling mother, and an older brother that sounds just as creepy as James. But we learn very little about them and given that the brother apparently helped destroy evidence of James' earlier crimes, it seems pretty relevant. 3 stars.

  • Ruth Turner

    I couldn't finish this book. It wasn't that it was badly written. It wasn't. I just couldn't stand Linda Bergstrom.

    She's married to a violent, abusive man, James, who is also a rapist. She's afraid that if she leaves him he'll kill her, so she decides to remain in the marriage hoping to find enough evidence against her husband to have him charged and jailed.

    There is no justification for a man to hit a woman. None at all. But honestly, she continually aggravates and taunts her husband, letting

    I couldn't finish this book. It wasn't that it was badly written. It wasn't. I just couldn't stand Linda Bergstrom.

    She's married to a violent, abusive man, James, who is also a rapist. She's afraid that if she leaves him he'll kill her, so she decides to remain in the marriage hoping to find enough evidence against her husband to have him charged and jailed.

    There is no justification for a man to hit a woman. None at all. But honestly, she continually aggravates and taunts her husband, letting him know she's keeping tabs on him, checking the car and checking his clothes.

    She worries when they have a baby, a little girl. Many years ago her husband molested an 8 year old girl. Why would you allow yourself to fall pregnant and bring a baby into such a horrific environment?

    What finally finished me was the massive argument they had over who was to babysit their daughter. It was James's turn but he wanted to go out with a mate. A huge fight ensued and Belinda wad badly beaten and the police were called. Of course she dropped all charges and moved back with him, but I had to think to myself why on earth would she cause such a fight over who was going to look after their daughter. If it was me, there's no way I would ever leave the child alone with her father.

    I had no sympathy at all for Belinda Bergstrom and I didn't care enough about either of them to read to the end and find out what happened.

  • Laura

    Yes, I read another book by Kathryn Casey, OK? So I'm a masochist. This one is about a woman's efforts to stop her husband, a serial rapist, from continuing his crimes.

    I don't know how she does it, but Casey is one of those rare authors who can take a suspenseful story and turn it into a crashing bore. It's a talent, I suppose. I think it would have been more interesting to read the Houston phone book, but I couldn't get my hands on one of those, so I had to settle for this.

  • Scottsdale Public Library

    What would you do if you were married to a psychopath? Would you stay for love, leave out of fear, or find help from the demons in your own home? Evil Beside Her is the true crime story of Linda Bergstrom and the seven years she lived with her ex-husband, and serial rapist, James Bergstrom. Casey does a splendid job of catching the little details of the Bergstrom’s lives from interviews with the couple, the family, and the police involved with the case. Throughout the story you feel pulled in al

    What would you do if you were married to a psychopath? Would you stay for love, leave out of fear, or find help from the demons in your own home? Evil Beside Her is the true crime story of Linda Bergstrom and the seven years she lived with her ex-husband, and serial rapist, James Bergstrom. Casey does a splendid job of catching the little details of the Bergstrom’s lives from interviews with the couple, the family, and the police involved with the case. Throughout the story you feel pulled in all directions; why doesn’t Linda just leave already, how did the police not listen to Linda, again, and how does James fool so many people along the way? Linda was the reason police were able to arrest her husband, and she finally gets to have her voice heard through Casey’s book. It is an interesting read for any true crime lover. - Ashley W.

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