Last in a three-part series
Chris is not a monster, he says — and he hasn’t been one for almost four years.
Up until then, however, he was a man with serious problems, and they landed him before a judge.
“My anger would get to an uncontrollable level,” he ex-plained. “I’d snap, sometimes for no real good reason, and I couldn’t hold back anymore. I’d take it out on (my wife) in a bad way.”
Chris, in his early 40s, admits he was physically violent towards his partner on a few occasions. A former alcoholic, there were times when that disease, combined with jealousy and irritability, resulted in a rage so strong it left his wife with bruises.
On two occasions, she left, spending up to a week with relatives, but returned after he pleaded with her.
“Yes, of course, I felt bad every single time,” Chris says. “I felt like the world’s biggest asshole when I saw the bruises on her arms.
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