She Had No Idea She Was Dating a Serial Killer. But He Was Very Possessive: 'Always Wanted to Know Where I Was'

Sherry Hopson tells of her encounters with killer Bruce Lindahl on a new episode of 'People Magazine Investigates: Surviving a Serial Killer'

<p>Jose M. Osorio/Getty </p> Bruce Lindahl

Jose M. Osorio/Getty

Bruce Lindahl

What started as a chance meeting became a seemingly normal romance. What became a romance, though, turned into something sinister.

Sherry Hopson recalls meeting Bruce Lindahl in the upcoming episode of People Magazine Investigates: Surviving a Serial Killer, in an exclusive clip shared with PEOPLE.

“I met a parachute instructor at the airport, his name was Bruce,” Hopson recalls in the clip.

After first meeting him, Hopson was charmed by the avid parachutist. He asked her where she worked, and later that day Lindahl showed up at the restaurant where Hopson was waitressing and sat in her section.

“He had incredibly deep, blue eyes and you just couldn’t take your eyes off of his eyes,” Hopson says in the clip. “They actually sparkled when he talked and he had such a great smile.”

Hopson also remembers Lindahl being “charismatic” and down to earth. But beneath the surface was a deeply disturbed man.

Unbeknownst to Hopson, Lindahl was dangerous. He has been officially linked to four murders, suspected of another 12 and possibly connected to dozens more. He also committed multiple sexual assaults.

Lindahl died in 1981 after stabbing himself while attacking another man who had begun fighting back.

Hopson and Lindahl began dating after meeting at the airport, and it quickly became clear that he was overbearing.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage, and details of intriguing unsolved cases.

At one point, Hopson says she had to tell her new boyfriend to stop seeing her at work because her manager had become irritated by how much of her attention Lindahl was taking up.

In response, Lindahl began standing outside the restaurant, waiting for Hopson to get off work.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Hopson recalls how she felt at the time. “Now I know how creepy it was, the fact that he always wanted to know where I was and what I was doing all the time.”

It wasn’t until much later that Hopson realized she was being stalked. Fortunately, she lived to tell the tale about her encounter with Lindahl.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to

People Magazine Investigates: Surviving a Serial Killer airs Sunday, June 2 at 9/8c on ID and streaming on Max.

For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on People.