I was never a JW, but have know of them, and observed one of their bizzare practices (a young JW girl I knew when I was about nine years old died because her parents refused her a blood transfusion after a accident) when I was young. More recently, I lost my wife (a Japanese National) to them after 20 years of a pretty good marriage. We are now divorced (since 2003, our 20th year of marriage). I read everything I can get my hands on to try to understand what went wrong; why she decided to destroy a marriage, family, and life. Somedays I blame myself; somedays I blame her. Lately I have been blaming myself more. I must have done somthing wrong to cause her to give up so much on the twilight of us entering into our senior years (2 grown kids and not JWs). I am constantly amazed, to a very great extent, at how the WBTS/JW's has wrapped and packed her within their belief structure. I have not seen her in more than a year, but last time I did, it was all doctrine and kept telling me how I would be sorry soon. She would run down the street naked with a purple hat on yelling, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling," if she were told to, based on some biblical misinterpretation of course.
Thanks for listening.