Mollie, Meredith and David's daughter, says even though her father's anger didn't necessarily result in physical violence, it was "intensely petrifying." "His blowing up wasn't flipping tables or throwing chairs—not that he wasn't capable of that," she says. "There was an element that was humiliating."

Ted, Meredith's son from a previous marriage, says his stepfather rarely made physical contact with him. Instead, he claims David was more emotionally abusive with him. "Constant denigration, belittling. 'Your opinions don't matter. You're not worthy. You're not responsible enough,'" Ted says. "He said to me one day, 'I'll let you learn how to drive when I think you're ready. And that will probably be when you're about 45.'"


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