Tragedy in Tin Can Holler
While sadly, there are far too many families with stories to parallel Mowery's, it is not all too often that we are allowed such an intimate and up-close glimpse into the history of a particular family, enabling us to see how, in this case, spousal abuse, alcoholism, drug use, criminal behavior and much more are carried on from generation to generation.
In my opinion, the most important thing that anyone can take away from reading Tragedy in Tin Can Holler, is to understand that whether or not such sickness is learned or is biological (or a combination of the two), it will carry swiftly and without regret to future generations if not understood and if not stopped. As the author herself has accomplished so much and has reigned triumphant, her story is not without hope and inspiration to us all. Rozetta Mowery's story shows that we do not have to carry on the grim legacy of those who came before us.
Most people would not have done what Rozetta did. The family secrets would have remained with the ghosts who haunt the ridge where her grandmother disposed of her victims. Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is the story of a back woods family who did unspeakable horrors beginning more than a century before the author was born. It's also a story of understanding and forgiveness. Rozetta is a woman of special grace and her book shines with the perspective of someone who's triumphed over the most horrifying tragedy imaginable. By writing her story she hopes to rectify the sins of her father, break the family curse and spread her message about the dangers of domestic violence and the horrible aftermath of what happens to the children.
I have had a chance to get to know this powerful writer and advocate for the the many abused and the haunted of spirit. In a day when children disappear at a greatly alarming rate, when parents and children are at each other's throats and and when many of the moral values we have always cherished seem to be in steep decline, Rosetta Mowery's account of her real-life nightmare is a must read.
All of our families have indelible moments that have been kept from us, by our parents. No one wants to bring out into the public, some of our ancestors' most heinous crimes. That is why I respect Rosetta's willingness to use her moment of sheer anguish to help so many who are now living similar disasters in their lives. She can only be acclaimed for her efforts to help those who are haunted by such grievous experiences in their lives. So, I hope you will get a copy of Rosetta Mowery's power true story and share it with others after you've read it. Some things we do for entertainment, writing this book is the same as doing the work of God.
Steven Clark Bradley
Author of Patriot Acts, Nimrod Rising, StillBorn! & Probable Cause
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If you think you might be in an abusive relationship please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or your local domestic violence center to talk with someone about it.