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.
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 ***
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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