While she hid in a shelter, he went back to Russia on an unsuccessful search for a replacement bride. He stalked and terrorized Katerina for years until the day he died in a shootout with police.
The case spurred efforts, eventually successful, to pass a federal law to protect immigrant brides: the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, which requires background checks for all marriage visa sponsors.
John Adams says these cases are dark exceptions and the fairy tale ending is much more likely.
"I don't agree with the premise that if a woman comes from another country that she is more at risk than if she gets married here," he told "Nightline" anchor Bill Weir.
"One study said that she's three times as likely ..." said Weir.
"And I'll show you three other studies, one by the Justice Department that says she's not," Adams said.
"But you've got a guy from the First World bringing a girl from the Third World over who can't speak the language, doesn't know the laws, can't support herself at the early going ... which is the same recipe for human trafficking," Weir said.
Find out what happened when "Nightline" anchor Bill Weir confronted Adams on the plight of immigrant brides on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET