Dear Avalanche: “His need for control had deadly consequences”

He didn’t pull out the suicide threat until the very end when the rest of his tactics weren’t working. He threatened to step in front of a train, as this happens often where I live. (The one regret I have is that I didn’t call it in.) Spoiler: He never did it, he’s still alive, and his threat didn’t keep me there.

Avalanche of the soul

Emma’s husband of 20 years used emotional blackmail as a means of controlling her and his family – often resorting to suicide threats. His actions finally had deadly and tragic consequences.

*** Emma’s story has been published in her own words, with her permission. Names have been changed to protect her identity ***

Emma’s story

I just read your article about emotional blackmail that you had written in 2014. You are right on target with your advice. My late husband and I had been married for 20 years. I married him when I was 17 and he was 18. We had five beautiful children together.

But, the emotional blackmail was torment. He was perfectly fine as long as he got his way and I didn’t protest too much, but when he didn’t get his way, the threats of suicide would start. In 2004 I had as much as I could…

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