Robin says Mike was physically abusive even before they were wed. "After that, I said, 'I'm not going to see this man anymore.' And then the phone calls started coming. … And he was crying, telling me how much he loved me. And I'm going to say something that might sound very, very, very, very strange: I honestly thought, 'Wow, this man must really love me.'"
After a whirlwind courtship, Mike and Robin eloped. But Robin says the abuse increased. She tried to hide the truth from everyone, but her mother finally figured it out and confronted her. "I knew that it was dangerous, and I knew that it had gotten so tough, emotionally, but we were just so in it together," she says of her relationship with Mike. "It was such a cycle. The highs were so high and the lows were so low."