When their first child was born, Cheri says Harald became distant. The birth of their second child didn't change anything. To lift his spirits, Harald took a trip to Norway to visit relatives. When he came home, he remained emotionally distant. Then Harald started receiving letters from Norway at work and getting calls from a woman with a foreign accent. "I said, 'Who are the letters from?' And he said they were from his first girlfriend," Cheri says. "And I said, 'Well, if you're just friends, then can I see the letters?' He just got angry and he threw them out."
Soon after, Cheri began noticing Harald's behavior becoming more strange. Meanwhile, several incidents left her questioning her own sanity.
Cheri says that when she walked up the staircase in their home at night, it would be completely clean. When she would walk down later, she would find marbles or small toy cars strewn on the stairs...just the kind of thing that could cause a serious fall. Also, Cheri noticed a bitter, metallic taste in glasses of water and other food that Harald would prepare for her. One time, while eating pizza, she noticed bright green crystals lodged under the cheese. Cheri says her husband told her they were just herbs. When the couple had sex, Cheri says she would "notice a bright, bright green discharge" right after.