10. He threatened to kill himself
“Bit of a story, but we broke up almost a year ago. A week after the break up he showed up at my house and spent three hours berating me, telling me I was obviously mentally unstable and needed him to “fix” me. When that didn’t work he threatened to kill himself if I didn’t get back together with him. I threw him out of the house, and he proceeded to pin me to a wall and get his “final goodbye kiss” by force.
After that, I’d see him drive by my house while I was walking the dog, trying to see if I was there. I’d see him around my doctors appointments, out shopping, etc. etc.
Right around here I started finding nails in my car’s back right tire. Luckily it was a run flat under warranty and I knew how to use the spare, so I was never stranded. I thought at first it was just bad luck, until I put together a timeline of the issues for the tire company and realized it always happened within a week of heightened stalker activity, and always happened when I was going to be home alone the next morning.
I was never able to definitively prove it was him, but I do have grainy surveillance photos of someone with his build smoking while pacing next to that tire. He went through a pack or two a day while we were together.
I hate saying this, but luckily he died a couple months back, so I’m safe now, but I still get panicky when I see a certain color and make of car around.” — LadyParnassus
11. He sent me pictures of his knives
“This guy I dated in high school for about a year – All of the sudden he started being totally psycho but he initially did it in ways that he thought were super subtle like:
One time during an argument over text, he replies to me with a pic of about 10-15 knives, all unfolded and displayed on his nightstand. This was like, smack dab in the middle of us going back and forth at one another, totally out of place. Not to mention I had no idea he even collected knives much less had any interests in them. His explanation was “Oh I was just showing you my knife collection babe”
Then we were in his room arguing late and mid argument he just starts swinging a baseball bat. Just grabs a bat nearby and I’m sitting on his bed, he’s standing in front of me swinging a fucking baseball bat. His explanation was “Just practicing my swing”
I tried to leave him after this and he threatened to kill himself. I stayed for a bit because of guilt and then realized I couldn’t do that to myself. I told his mom about the suicide threats and then bailed.” — happystack
12. He had multiple personalities
“He claimed to have multiple personalities — as in, more than one being existed inside him. He used one of them to insult me until I cried and then laughed at me. When he “woke up” from that personality, he’d pretend to be concerned so I’d stay with him.
Yeah, no. I’m not fucking someone that crazy.” — MuggyNeedsCups