I also read that it was recently Mary's 40th birthday? Perhaps she finally pushed Byron for a definite commitment and didn't like the answer she got from him. All this time with the ticking clock and there she is, arrested and miserable on her birthday. Now, I agree violence is never the answer but I have to say I feel for her. She obviously has issues with choosing the wrong kind of man, but it's sad that she's wasted so much time on a relationship that was apparently going nowhere.