I watched this a long time ago when it was a rerun on t.v but decided to revisit it. It still irritated me now just as much as it did then. The thing is this creep showed his true colors even before she married him so she was warned. Yet against her own sisters advice marries him anyway and sure enough on their wedding day he becomes abusive. I did not feel remorse for her because she was warned. Never make or allow excuses when a man or woman is abusing you. A normal persons first reaction is not to abuse. Another thing that really irked me is how police are exactly the same everywhere it seems in every country, that same old stupid mentality, "cops stick together, old boys club" crap. The state I live in there are videos of cops beating their wives/girlfriends in restaurants and malls and no one does anything about it. How can these women hope to get help when everyone bows down to the men in blue because they are notorious for harassment and power of abuse. Donna did what she had to do and she did the world a favor, abusers never change. He most likely killed the first wife, most likely would've killed her and then on to the next wife like that deranged dirty cop Peterson. Another thing that angered me Denny Jr., it seems to me he would've rather the mother endure daily beatings and possible death so he could have his father even though he saw what the father did to his mother who loved him far more than the monster could. I hope today he clearly understands she made a hard decision that benefitted him too because men like this eventually go after the child too. No one is ever safe around monsters. My mother was severely abused by my father. I recall as if she sat here in front me right now the huge bruises all over her body, a woman of only 90 lbs and 5'. He a big man where no woman could defend and protect themselves except through a gun in his sleep. She didn't go Donna's route, instead packed up and left only difference was good ole dad was not a cop so he didn't chase her over the ocean to were she fled. Cops didn't help my mother either, instead they wanted to have their way with her. Here we are still with the same old thinking by cops, "women deserve it". Times have not changed at all. This is proven when Donna tells her son that when a man kills his wife he gets -2-6 years which still stands , when a woman kills her husband she gets 40 to life which also still stands here in the 21st century. WHY? Highly emotionally charged movie.