In 1988, Linda White was working in a supermarket to support herself and her family, including her disabled brother. It was there that she met John Strouble. The two quickly fell in love, and John moved in with Linda a month after they met. But before long, John began to abuse Linda. He would tie her up when he left their home. He savagely beat her and often raped her, once using a broken broomstick. On several occasions, once after threatening to throw her from the roof of their apartment building, he would fire his gun in the air, then hold it to her temple and pull the trigger on an empty chamber, forcing her into a dangerous game of Russian roulette.
Smith, Judith A.
"Battered Non-Wives and Unequal Protection-Order Coverage: A Call for Reform,"
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