This piece is part of an ongoing series featuring real people's epic love stories. Each one is a poignant reminder of true love's power to conquer almost anything.
Everyone who knows Julie and Karl will tell you they had an amazingly close, passionate, harmonious marriage. It was the kind of relationship everyone wants. But it was a union that should never have worked in the first place.
When they met, Julie was a 20-year-old sheltered girl from a large, prominent Washington, D.C.-area family. Karl was an 18-year-old rebellious, pot-smoking biker from a middle class, emotionally abusive one. Both were gorgeous. But Julie was a happy young woman, while Karl was in a tremendous amount of pain. He struggled with severe depression and thoughts of suicide, and turned to drugs and alcohol to escape.
Not surprisingly, Julie's parents didn't approve of their relationship at first and were worried about their daughter.