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In Bed with the Badge: The Barbara Sheehan Story Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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About the Author
Raymond M. Sheehan is the son of Barbara and Ray Sheehan. Raymond is currently working in the New York Public School System. He and his fiance, Shannon McCoy, plan to be married next year. He lives in Queens, New York, in the same home he grew up in and is co-author of the book In Bed with the Badge.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who argues that her shooting her husband was simply an excuse to leave the marriage doesn't know the full story. She did it because it was simply the only way she could save herself and her family.
I could only cringe as I read about her husband becoming more and demented in his abuses and perversions, yet I couldn't stop reading. It was fascinating to observe how he developed from a clingy boyfriend into a deranged, sadistic father and husband. To imagine that this man was serving the public as an NYPD officer just makes the reality of the situation even worse.
After learning her story, I can't help but empathize with Ms. Sheehan and feel the same sense of relief that her children did when her husband died.
After the shooting, the children examined their mother's life in an attempt to outline the anatomy of abuse. They detailed the signs that were part of their parents failed relationship in the hopes that others who are in abusive relationships will see those signs and get out. There was proof that the husband was controlling, exhibited odd behaviors, was verbally abusive, and forced them to be isolated from their family and friends in addition to other signs.
What came through loud and clear to me in this book was how the wife's fear of being killed and putting her children in danger kept her in the relationship; not to mention that she couldn't call the police because "he was the police." "The slide into dysfunction is usually just that; not something that happens overnight, but more of an invasive, malignant, creeping vine that takes root and silently takes over." This is one sentence in the book that really resonated with me and sums up how some mild dysfunction can grow to the point where the line is crossed and the relationship dynamics turn into full blown abuse.
In addition, there were two quotes in the book that I found very inspiring, and these were:
- "The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for." (Maureen Dowd)
- "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." (Edmund Burke)
"In Bed with the Badge" indirectly proves how victims of abuse are re-victimzed repeatedly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do not know what to say. Such a terrible sad story of abuse. I don't know how Barbara was able to endure such abuse for so many years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susan K
At all cost, Barbara Sheehan did what she thought best for her family. Her love for her children is so evident in this book. I just wish I could hug each one of them. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Robin
Very sad, but a great read. Eye opening on so many levels. Heart-wrenching and overwhelming just to say the least.Published on June 12, 2013 by Rebecca M Theard
Well written. Very poignant. Truly eye opening. Makes you evaluate your surroundings and gives you the signs to look for in any abusive relationship.Published on April 13, 2013 by Gloria Flick
Excellent example of battered women syndrome. Easy read yet comprehensive. Disturbing yet touching. Recommend it highly. A true story told by the children.Published on November 10, 2012 by Geniejoy
I finished this book in 2 days, it was hard to put down. I wish the wife left sooner, but I understand that was impossible. I don't blame her for killing him. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Sandra J. Barry
It's difficult for me to comprehend that monsters such as Ray really exist in this world! Jennifer and Raymond have done an outstanding job of telling their story and letting their... Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Kindle Customer