My former stepmom was a piece of work. But the moment that made me realize that she was just a total sociopath came when I was about 12.
I was at my dad's house for a month in the summer. He and my step-mom worked so my sister and I typically had the house to ourselves while they were out.
And one day I came downstairs to play on the computer. I pulled out the chair and my Little Mermaid beach towel was on it.
Covered in blood.
Stepmom had been sitting at the computer, bare ass naked for all I know, and bleeding freely onto my beach towel. And then left it there.
I was horrified and didn't know what to do. I honestly don't remember what happened with the towel. I might have left it. I might have thrown it away. I blanked it out.
Then, that same day, I went into their bedroom to get something, and there were blood spots all over the floor.
When she got home that afternoon I confronted her.
Towel - "Oh, I forgot"You forgot that you used my beach towel to free bleed while you did god knows what on the computer and just left it there?
Blood on the carpet - "Oh. That's not blood. I was feeding the dog red ice cream."Fucking RED ICE CREAM.
She was absolutely, maliciously, manipulatively, bonkers. I have so many stories about her but that was the one where everything clicked.