Unfortunately, though, the Yates’ marriage wasn’t miraculously improved by the onset of parenthood. In fact, it actually made things worse. “That’s when we started to draw our lines on what we’d tolerate in our marriage,” Russell later told the Providence Journal. “I wouldn’t let her threaten me by holding the kids over my head.”
Consequently, Elaine began to insist that Russell change his ways and finally start to settle down. However, on one fateful night in 1988 Russell struck his wife during an argument. The cause of the argument? Elaine had caught Russell with another woman yet again.
It was during this fight that Elaine threatened Russell with the worst thing that she could think of. Yes, she told him that she would “get even” for the abuse and leave him, along with the children. Furthermore, she would do so in the early hours of the morning.