For instance, as a high school senior, Susan had been in sexual relationships with multiple men. She fell pregnant to one of them, then went on to have a termination. And when one of her liaisons ended, she took things badly – trying again to kill herself through a drug overdose.
After surviving her suicide attempt, however, Susan then returned to her job as a bookkeeper at a nearby grocery store. And it was there that she would begin dating one of her co-workers: a man named David Smith. The pair had been friends in high school, and David had even called off his engagement in order to be with Susan.
David would eventually tie the knot, however – with Susan. They wed in March 1991; seven months after their big day, moreover, their first child, Michael, was born. But although the couple both doted on their son, it wasn’t long before the cracks in their relationship began to show. In particular, David became frustrated at the influence Linda continued to wield over Susan. He also thought that his mother-in-law was too involved in Michael’s upbringing.