The Other Side: A Memoir by Lacy M. Johnson

By Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy Johnson bangs at the glass doorways of a sleepy neighborhood police station in the course of the evening. Her toes are naked; her physique is bruised and bloody; U-bolts hang from her wrists. She has escaped, yet now not unscathed. The different Side is the haunting account of a primary passionate after which abusive courting; the occasions resulting in Johnson’s kidnapping, rape, and imprisonment; her dramatic break out; and her hard-fought fight to get better. without delay exciting, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The different Side deals greater than only a actual crime checklist. In language either stark and poetic, Johnson weaves jointly a richly own narrative with police and FBI experiences, mental files, and neurological experiments, offering a uncooked and unforgettable tale of trauma and transformation.

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Or I do not stumble. I make no noise at all as I open the door with one hand, holding a two-by-four above my head with the other. My feet and legs carry me forward, the rest of my body still, like a statue. Like a ninja. A cartoon. In the small gravel lot behind the fourplex, I find my car covered by a beige tarp—the elastic cinched between the bumper and the wheels. I wrestle it off and climb inside, coax my key into the ignition. The lizard key chain shakes like an actual trapped animal in my hand, ready to shed its tail and flee.

While I’m in the shower, the apartment phone rings and callers leave messages on the machine: My Good Friend will stay with her boyfriend; she’s delaying her move-in date. Of course she hates to do this, but she’s just too scared to live here, with me, right now. You should find somewhere to go, she says. My Handsome Friend’s message says he heard the news from My Good Friend. He’s leaving town and doesn’t think it’s safe to tell me where to find him. The message My Older Sister leaves says she wants me to come stay at her place, which sounds better than sleeping alone in this apartment on the floor.

At 10:00 AM on July 12, The Stepfather called The Detective to report the call. He said The Suspect seemed very upset about the media exposure on the case. In another report, The Detective writes how, on July 17, 2000, twelve days after the kidnapping, he and another officer came to my apartment to talk to me about the case. I told them that The Suspect and I met while I was a student in his Spanish class at the university. I told them that I had been trying to break up with him for some time, for lots of reasons, but mostly because he had raped me on more than one occasion.

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