My father-in-law's strange behavior is making me feel trapped and I am afraid of what will happen if I tell my husband.
My father-in-law lives with us when he is not living with his daughter in Florida. I have secretly recorded audio of him while I'm out. Why? Because I know he hates me as much as I hate him. He curses me badly and calls me horrible names. He has a "schizoid" personality and my husband dotes on him. He watches TV every day, all day. The shows he watches are from the early 70's. He does almost nothing and has no friends . The only relief I get is when I leave the house or he goes to a casino, which happens every Saturday. I feel trapped in this situation and I am afraid of what will happen if I tell my husband. Although my husband does know that there is something "strange" about this man, he continually makes excuses for his father. His father doesn't speak 3 words to me all day and I work from home. However, at 5:00 when my husband gets home, he perks up and acts quasi-normal. I'm very frightened that my marriage will be challenged if I tell my husband what goes on when he's not here. I think my FIL is mentally ill and according to his ex wife, she endured most of the same treatment. He would curse under his breath around her for no apparent reason. No friendships over an 18 year marriage. I'm lost and so afraid.