Through the Glass

Through the Glass

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by Shannon Moroney

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A remarkably compelling and harrowing story of love and betrayal and one woman’s pursuit of justice, redemption, and healing.

“One month into our marriage, my husband committed horrific violent crimes. In that instant, the life I knew was destroyed. I vowed that one day I would be whole again. This is my story.”

An impassioned,


A remarkably compelling and harrowing story of love and betrayal and one woman’s pursuit of justice, redemption, and healing.

“One month into our marriage, my husband committed horrific violent crimes. In that instant, the life I knew was destroyed. I vowed that one day I would be whole again. This is my story.”

An impassioned, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful story of one woman’s pursuit of justice, forgiveness, and healing.

When Shannon Moroney got married in October 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt by association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.

In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms, and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason’s crimes and the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders. In so doing, she addresses the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritize punishment over rehabilitation and victimhood over recovery.

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A young woman's page-turning account of how she faced the trauma that came in the aftermath of sadistic sex crimes perpetrated by her husband. When Canadian restorative-justice advocate Moroney met Jason Staples, she thought she'd found the perfect man. Not long after their first encounter, however, Staples revealed his troubled past, which included his incarceration for a murder he committed at 18. Troubled as she was by his confession, Moroney eventually decided to begin a relationship with him--"[e]verything in my heart, mind, and body told me it was the right choice." The couple married after a happy three-year courtship that included more than two years of cohabitation. But just one month after their union, their picture-perfect world collapsed when police confronted Moroney with the news that Staples had kidnapped and raped two women. Neither she nor anyone else (including his parole officer and psychologist) could believe what had happened, and public outrage began to swirl around the case. Soon, the young newlywed found herself jobless, abandoned by friends and victimized by the justice system. Yet for all the hardships she endured, Moroney refused to sever ties with Staples. Instead, she chose to work through her grief and anger by trying to understand what had driven her husband to commit such heinous crimes. It was only by forgiving the man she had once loved that she believed she could learn to love and trust again. Moroney's compassion and courage are remarkable, but her story is disturbing because of the questions it raises about the effectiveness of criminal rehabilitation, particularly where violent felons are concerned.
Author of Dead Man Walking and Founder of Ministry Against the Death Penalty (USA) - Sister Helen Prejean
“A vivid, heartbreaking and eye-opening journey through thejustice system that gives voice to the forgotten victims of crime—the familiesand friends of people who offend. Honest and timely, it is a must-read for themillions of Americans coping with the crimes and incarceration of a loved one,and for all those who want to understand their complex journey.”

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Gallery Books
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6.46(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Shannon Moroney lives in Toronto, where she is happily remarried. She is an advocate of restorative justice, a volunteer with Leave Out ViolencE, and a contributor to the international Forgiveness Project.

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Through the Glass 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally compelling memoir that is both a riveting account of the author's personal journey and an indictment of a criminal justice system that does more harm than good. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the commencement of this book, I felt a considerable degree of empathy for this woman. Despite her overt choice to involve herself romantically with a Lifer on day parole after murdering an adult female, and her continued support for him after he subsequently forcibly confines and sexually assaults two female strangers while on full parole, I reminded myself that she did not commit these crimes and is deserving of compassion and respect. That being said, as the book progressed, the author spends a great deal of time criticizing the justice system, correctional system and the negative reaction of her community. Expressions of concern for the victims of her husband's crimes and expressions of understanding for said negative reaction impressed as afterthoughts. It read to the effect of "I know he hurt people, BUT...", "IF he had proper treatment when he was incarcerated in the 90s....."....Well, I say, if ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas. The highlight for me, was the description of her husband being assessed at Penetang, and the author criticizing the ensuing diagnoses, and suggesting the diagnoses were "still not conclusive." And, the fact that the Psychiatrist noted that her husband's overcontrolled presentation illuminated how dangerous he is. Ding, ding ding!! But, she disagrees. I guess her Master's Degree in Child Welfare makes her more of an expert on Sexual Sadism than the Psychiatrists. And, the author's suggestion that that "all programs have been cut" from Canada's federal institutions. I find that statement.....interesting. I support her decision to share her story, but the question remains, where is the accountability on her part? Perhaps instead of criticizing those involved in assessing and sentencing her husband, she might want to question what antecedents are involved in women choosing to involve themselves with such individuals? What was it about her, that made her decide it was appropriate to marry someone serving a Life sentence for murder? I refuse to buy the cliche that love conquers all, and I also refuse to accept her insistence that there were "no warning signs" to her husband's reoffence. That is impossible. Ever heard of an offense cycle? Well, there was one lady, you just chose not to see it. He was addicted to violent pornography and committing voyeurism in your home, after you had been married for one month. And her marriage was blissful? Please. In conclusion, this book should be a warning to all women.