Kari says her life was forever changed when Lonnie, her husband of 15 years, was arrested in 2013 and accused of being a serial rapist. She says investigators found several items in Lonnie’s car, including a stun gun, handcuffs, syringes and prescription drug vials — some of which Kari says she also found around her home.
How does Kari say Lonnie reacted when she confronted him? And, looking back, were there any red flags she might have missed? Plus, Kari says she blames herself for what happened and is struggling to remain strong for her four children. Dr. Phil calls on crisis expert Judy Smith for help. How can this family move forward?
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Kari says the items she found didn’t raise red flags for her. “He was having an affair. So, the things I found, I thought were for her.”
“I think she’s trying to blame herself for a lot,” says Carol, Kari’s mother.
“There were a lot of warning signs,” says renowned crisis expert Judy Smith.
Judy Smith asks Kari’s 15-year-old son about his stepfather: “Was he a good dad?”
Lonnie ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of forceful rape, along with three felony counts of kidnapping, and has been sentenced to 26 years in prison.