EVIL BESIDE HER, a true story, of Linda Bergman's horrific
nightmare of a life started off in a neighborhood in Houston
with a biological father who abused her. Becoming skeptical
of men, after being raped, she was twenty before she
seriously started dating. James was her first real
relationship with whom she let her guard down. Her brother
Gino worked with him and told Linda that he was a nice guy.
Little did Gino know that James was anything but nice.
Still waters ran deep in James as he took teasing from his
fellow classmates and co-workers. He never quite fit in and
all but Gino had doubts about him. Still Linda at twenty one
eloped with James and started her life as a military wife.
Stationed in Washington, the two were away from all of
Linda's family and friends. It soon became apparent that
James' problems didn't lie just with the military as he was
out at sea for months. His problems at home came to the
forefront when reports starting coming in regarding a
Peeping Tom and attempted rapes in the area of the Bergman's
apartment. Matters only worsen as Linda began to suspect
James of foul play.
Linda's instincts became concrete when she found his rape
kit and tools and she began to fear for the women he was
tormenting. Although she went to the police several times,
it was to no avail. It appeared as though she was hitting
her head against a brick wall as she cried out for help on
Once again in Houston, James' behavior became more excessive
and more daring. Again, Linda would seek legal help. It
would not be forthcoming until many rape attempts and actual
rapes caught the attention of the police. Finally, several
detectives pieced together what seemed to be the workings of
a seriously demented psychopath by the name of James
Bergman. At last they had enough evidence to take down this
devil incarnate. Angered only that he had been caught, the
realization that he was not the victim never occurred to
James as he now resides in jail. His time in jail is
questionable as the sitting time bomb could get back out on
the streets to damage other lives.
Kathryn Casey's documentation of this deranged psychopath
sends chills up the spine. Her depiction is so vivid that
you don't want to turn your lights off to go to bed. The
fact that this monster is up for probation frightens me to
death. Kudos to Ms. Casey for her excellent writing and for
her desire to use her work to keep this beast in jail.
At first, Linda Bergstrom's marriage to her husband
James was idyllic. They were young and in love; he was about
to enter the Navy and she was eager to start a family. But
it wasn't long before the dream exploded. James became
abusive and violent, prone to sudden bursts of anger, long
silences, and unexplained disappearances. But Linda vowed to
hold on, despite the pain and fear . . . and her disturbing
suspicions about her husband's secret life.
not long after their move to Houston, Texas, she made a
terrifying discovery: James's hidden cache containing duct
tape, a ski mask, and handcuffs. No longer could Linda
Bergstrom deny the hideous truth.
The man she lived
with, the man she married for love, was a dangerous
psychopath. And there was no escape and nowhere to run.
Because no one—not her friends, the Navy, or the
police—would believe her.