“It was kind of weird meeting the guy who wanted to kill you,” says Russell.
The flier was later driven to what he now believes was Kuwait City, where Iraqi interrogators, trying to extract information on U. military intelligence, were considerably less polite. “They knew how to hit, how to inflict pain and just how much they could do before you were knocked out,” says Russell.
But inside the Tabernacle Baptist Church, the pews were filled and the air rang with song.
Hale and fresh-faced, he stood near the altar with his wife, Linda, 28, and joined the choir in a heartfelt rendition of the hymn “Victory in Jesus.” After the ceremony—as men shook his hand, children clung to his sleeves and grandmothers kissed his cheeks—Russell’s dark memories were already fading.
star and her businessman beau have called it quits and announced their divorce a mere seven months later.