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Thirty-three years ago, Kelly Connor was a carefree seventeen-year-old with her life ahead of her. One sunny morning in Perth, Australia, she borrowed her father’s car to go to work, having recently passed her driving test. Her very ordinary trip, however, was soon marred by horror. Driving on a clear road, Kelly knocked down and killed an elderly pedestrian. Although she avoided convictions of manslaughter and reckless driving, the incident was to have a profound impact on her life. Kelly quickly discovered that her family and friends avoided all talk about what had happened, while she, in contrast, began to be haunted by the event. So began a cycle of deep inner experiences, visions, and outer life changes.
To Cause a Death: The Aftermath of an Accidental Killing, was written from the perspective of the one who caused the accident. It traces Kelly’s life from the depths of despair, sojourns into mental hospitals, and a failed suicide attempt, and eventually to a path of personal and spiritual development. It shows how the passage of her the author’s allowed her to reach some comprehension of the tragic accident of her youth. following a tragic accident of her youth.
Whereas the relatives and friends of victims have written much on the subject, little exists on how such incidents affect the perpetrators. This book is essential reading for those concerned with the challenge of inner growth and the challenges of traumatic events.
Kelly Connor was born in the UK in 1954 and emigrated to Australia at eleven with her family. At seventeen, following the trauma described in her book To Cause A Death, she traveled across Australia and began a pattern that would become her signature: constant movement. She leads an unconventional, nomadic life that has taken her to many areas of Australia and England. Her work experiences are as eclectic as her wanderings, including television production, organic vegetable gardening, political lobbying, administration, call centers, and special needs education. She has lived in England since 2001.