Tragedy in Tin Can Holler

Tragedy in Tin Can Holler

by Rozetta Mowery


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ISBN-13: 9780977968060
Publisher: Global Authors Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2007
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 849,360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Tragedy in Tin Can Holler 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
EllenH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
an interesting book in spite of the sometimes clumsy organization & writing.
Yes_I_Read More than 1 year ago
This tale is shocking at every turn ... you think your family is dysfunctional? Read this book and it will quickly change your mind. It is bravely written and exposes generations of family and community kept secrets. I've recommended it to everyone I know. It's a page turner that you just can't put down. Once you get over the initial shock of the subject matter, you're left with a strong message about the cycle of violence that can be passed down generation to generation.
TBrady More than 1 year ago
The Story Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is a Must Read!!!!. Who could not be touched by true Events such as these that happened to this family. This is a book I was glad I purchased. Your heart goes out to this family who endured so many trials during their lives. The twist & turns made me not want to put the book down. I read it from start to finish. It is VERY WELL WRITTEN. The author keeps your attention during the book.I even ordered more for my family & friends to give as gifts because it is truly a wonderful wonderful wonderful book . That cant be said enough. If you have "No Heart" then this book is not for you. But if you do have compassion for others & a Heart then you will enjoy this book. Anyone who has the courage to tell such a personal story through her beautiful written words is one amazing person !!!!!!!! Her book will be an inspiration . Trust me. Buy the book & share this very special gift of a True Amazing Story!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have given more than 5 Stars if I could. This book & the Author deserve 10 STARS No DOUBT!!!
OKSEARCHER More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of respect and admiration for this author. No, Ms. Mowery is not an academic writer. The continued existence of the social problems described in the book today suggests that we need more writers like Ms. Mowery that are REAL and DOWN-TO-EARTH to tell the story to reach victimized men, women and children. I certainly could identify with the children and families in the book. I want to thank Ms. Mowery for her courage and the love and care with which she told the story. It gets directly to the point - domestic violence, child abuse, incest and survival. So many people do not understand that even though some members in families may have done horrendous things,they are still apart of who the child or the survivor is and are still loved. Indivudals who have experienced this form of abuse spend a lot of time wishing the abuser would get better, blaming themselves for being the problem and wanting their lives to turn into a "normal" Waltons family. For me the focus of the story is not the murders or the abuse but the courage it took to live and survive, as well as the generational transmission of the unhealthy behaviors and forms of coping -- good or bad. That to survive and live fully it is necessary to address the past, deal with its realities, accept the past for what it is, learn and grow from it. I found Ms. Mowery's tale truly inspirational and I was very moved with the way she lovingly and understandingly told the story. No finger pointing, no blame game, just reality and how to grow from it, make changes for the better.
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Sharon_in_Omaha More than 1 year ago
Rozetta Mowery's writing, catches your attention from the "very first page." It was written in a way that will, get your attention and keep it. It is a true to life story, that "needed to be told." Athens Tennessee, is a very small town, and Tin Can Holler is a real place, that still thrives, today. Athens could be my hometown or your hometown. It could be your family or my family. This book is about a family's "dysfunction" that was carried on through generations. Rozetta Mowery opened up a can of worms, when she started asking questions about her Mother's death, and doing research. She discovered domestic abuse, child abuse, neglect, mental illness, and cold blooded murder, mixed in with everything else. They say that you are "as sick as your family's secrets." Rozetta made a choice to expose her family's secrets and let the truth be told. She is an advocate for domestic abuse and child abuse, and does speaking engagements to share her knowledge. Rozetta has written this book, and told her story, so those of us, that are being abused, or have been abused, get the courage to get out and get help. There is no need to carry the shame of abuse with you, through out your life. Rozetta's story, is well written and captivating. There is a light at the end of that dark tunnel, and she is living proof of it. Check out her website:
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Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is a 'must read' book for anyone seeking to understand the devastating and de-humanizing consequences of domestic abuse. An incredibly detailed, personal and revealing testament of the daily, weekly and monthly toll of systematic domestic abuse both physical and psychological, with its associated control over victims, and involvement of a whole extended family, it reveals the human toll of a sustained long term abuse. Abuse cast a shadow the length of a lifetime over children. Victims and especially children have no say in this at all. Rozetta's story gives a real insight that abuse is going back in history, past on from one generation to the next. This silent crime behind closed doors stalks victims the world over making no allowances for race, greed, gender, age or wealth. Rozetta shows courage and strength having overcome such harrowing trauma in both her childhood and as a very young mother and woman, she proofs there is life after abuse. She also reminds one that it isn't over once you have left such abusive relationship. There is an aftermath a whole load of emotions to deal with. Rozetta wants to see generational abuse broken and innocent children set free from this destructive cycle. Her credibility will speak to victims of domestic abuse because she has already walked a mile in their shoes. She has proved it is possible to walk in freedom both physically and emotionally and a large part of that release has been the ability to forgive those who abused her. It is a powerful chronicle of resilience, of highs and lows, and ultimately of the triumph of good over supreme adversity. Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is a must read especially for those who may yet be trapped within domestic violence. It is a great eye opener for those who may need to be made aware of the continual existence of domestic violence all around the world I commend it for its insight and confidence for a better future. As for the annonymous person, unfortunately there are people with little or no empathy for others. Trust in God and hold on to Faith Rozetta with loads of Love from Malaika Cohen, Author of Shackles - Overcoming Domestic Abuse a Modern Day Taboo
Lynn_C_Tolson More than 1 year ago
Rozetta Mowery chose to leave her corporate job to determine the truth of her family's history. She aptly titled her book Tragedy in Tin Can Holler. It reads like a combination of memoir and documentary, with domestic violence as the main theme. Mowery describes the horrific effects on the family with a true story that spans generations. Through historic letters and reports, Mowery discovers that her grandmother lured, killed, and buried men in a mass grave. Unfortunately, Rozetta limits her description of her grandmother, saying, "Because Grace was half-German and half-Italian, she inherited a spirit of energy." Such ethnic stereotypes may be insulting, and have no value to the reader's experience. The point is that the grandmother was a serial killer. Mowery uses crisp and cliche' character descriptions. For example, she describes a minor character: "Ernest was the runt of the family. He was not very big." Yet another minor male character "may have been part Mexican or Indian.. Because he had dark skin." Other descriptions are offensive. When Rozetta refers to the children of the community, she says, "They would run around the big campfires like wild Indians." However, the reasons Rozetta wrote this book include awareness of domestic violence. Perhaps her desire to send a message is greater than the need for appropriate character development. How do six children survive neglect, poverty, sexual abuse, and domestic violence? How do children bond with relatives who are felons? Rozetta explains, "everyone helped their neighbors and shared food and clothes." The siblings also survived by the love of their mother, who would nurture them through songs, books, and prayers. Rozetta was a toddler when her father was incarcerated. The children were sent to orphanage, then placed in separate foster homes. The mother longed for her children, yet was unable to care for them. Meanwhile, her grandfather lived in luxury, perceived by the community as a generous man. However, he offered no generosity toward the innocent children. Upon release of Rozetta's father, the children were returned to their parents. The worst was yet to come, including increased intoxication of both parents and escalating physical abuse, to the ultimate act of murder. Decades later, Rozetta had to read the newspaper article of her mother's murder. Two men looked on as a husband murdered his wife. The news article says that one of the men said he did not intervene because it was a "family affair." How neighborly is that? Rozetta writes about what happened to the children who had been used and abused. One turned to boys, another to booze, another to pot. Rozetta was the only Mowery child who graduated from high school, and she graduated with honors. Rozetta Mowery tells this gruesome story to expose the devastation of domestic violence. Read the book for the message! Look beyond the rough writing style, and experience a courageous woman who has smoothed the way for future generation. Just don't read the book before bed because it will haunt you in your sleep!
scmike More than 1 year ago
This is one book that everyone should read. The subject matter of murder, incest, physical abuse, and the horrors of the authors childhood will stay with you for a LONG, LONG time. She did a good job of finding out the truth behind her Mother's death and why and how her Father was warpped by his childhood . She and her siblings were placed into foster care when her Father went to prison for murdering their Mother. Many years later she went back to her childhood neighborhood and discovered the many family secrets she writes about .
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bookworm307 More than 1 year ago
It was riveting. I read both the first edition and the second edition in one sitting. I could not put it down. It was fascinating and horrible at the same time. I just to keep reading because I had to know what happened to this poor abused family. I admire Rozetta Mowery for having strength to tell her story. She is a hero and mentor for all the people who have or need to get out of an abusive situation. Three cheers for Rozetta and her book.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Tragedy In Tin Can Holler is a very ,very emotional read. Rozetta writes from the heart with emotion on every page. I could not help but feel empathy, in the end I felt that Family love can enudre, and help ease life's misfortune and pain. It was definatly an all night read, I could not put it down.

I highly reccomend Tragedy in Tin Can Holler to all. B&N only allows 6 stars, my rating would be a perfect 10+
LisetteBrodey More than 1 year ago
Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is a riveting, well-researched, well-documented account of author Rozetta Mowery¿s family history, leading up to and following the tragic death of her beloved mother, Eliza Mae Robinson Mowery in Tin Can Holler, Tennessee. Eliza was kicked and beaten to death by Rozetta¿s father, Seig Mowery. Even after the reader has become acquainted with Seig Mowery¿s serial-killing mother, Grace Sims and her reign of terror, Seig¿s crime is every bit as shocking and heinous. The subsequent effects on Rozetta and her five siblings are excruciatingly painful, yet important, to read. And, if the brutal death of her mother were not enough, the lies and grotesque distortions of truth by her father to avoid the punishment he deserved, make Mowery¿s story all the more compelling.

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.
LiLmAmAx3 More than 1 year ago
If you or someone you know has lived or is now living with abuse... your not alone. Rozetta Mowery, her siblings, and their poor mother lived a very abusive life. Her father killed her mother over something he truly knew nothing about, over something that was what every abusive man only listens to and that is what they call "he said she said." Her mother was a very strong woman, and an absoutly amazing mother. She was the type of mom that any child would've loved to have. This book is something I would truely recommend to everybody. Rozetta did an amazing job and stayed very strong throughout it all. I hate reading, but I could not put this book down for anything. Trust me, when you read it, you will NOT regret it.
maryco More than 1 year ago
This book will hold your attention all the way through. You won't put it down until you've read the whole story about a couragous little girl and her siblings, who went through hell with a murderer for a father and a loving mother who didn't deserve the treatment she got.
Rozetta Mowery has done a wonderful job of telling her story.My heart went out to Rosie and her family as I read this true story of her life in Athens Tennessee. Living here and knowing some of her family, I felt a bond with the author. I admire her for the research she's done to get the facts of the tragedy that took place.
spoiled_1 More than 1 year ago
I found this book at school while subbing and since I live in the area I just had to read it. This book will haunt you because of the chilling tales of murder, abuse and many other problems facing today's society.
Her Grandmother was forced into an incestuous relationship with her father, then became a serial killer, often making her own children participate or even in the disposal of the bodies. Warping them in her own way. They grew up to be abusive and later murderers also. The reason for the book was the author wanted to find out why her father killed her mother by stomping her to death and why.
This woman has a lot of courage to get past her families history and have a chance to be happy.
ValerieCrader More than 1 year ago
I give this compassionate author two thumbs up for her outstanding determination and for her compelling courage to investagate the real reason behind her mother's murder. The author unveils the truth of a jaw dropping family story of incest,a serial killer,child abuse,domestic violence and dark hidden family secrets that were buried for decades. Sadly, hardship followed the Mowery children like a dark fog after the murder of their gentle and kind mother. Author Rozetta Mowery was strong enough to break the curse in half and she did with victory and honor as she made it to the finish line with her thrilling raw story. Tradegy in Tin Can Holler warns us that hell and horror could be living in your back yard. Dynamic,caring Author Rozetta Mowery is making big couragous footsteps towards fighting against domestic violence and child abuse,and bringing forth awareness to save lives with her most captivating true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book because it is close to where I live plus it was a true story told directly by the lady who lived the story. An incredible book to read, brings a lot of awareness needed. Once you start reading this book you cannot quit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have lived an unbearable life I enjoyed the book a lot i hope they make a movie out of it I do live in athens tennessee and know were sims road is in decatur.I also has lived in an abusive marriage but i was able to get out.may god bless you
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rozetta, You are a brave, unique individual. God bless you for your strength to stand up for others who suffer at the hands of abusers. You will never know of all the help you are giving others since you won't hear from many of them, but KNOW that your voice will often be the salvation for past and future victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Your book is so well written and easy to understand. I read 95% of it the first week I purchased it. Though I have never experienced abuse, I have seen firsthand the tremendous damage done to victims and how many never recover or tell, especially if they aren't believed by those who should be protecting them. So thank you Rozetta, for believing in victims, understanding & loving them, and for sharing your very personal, tragic story. Not only did you survive so many horrendous situations in your childhood, not to mention losing your very own mother at such a young age, you have RISEN ABOVE it all by reaching out to others and by just being the lovely, giving person that you are. I will always treasure my autographed copy of 'Tragedy in Tin Can Holler'. It is an honor to know you Rozetta. Blessings!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells so much, it is breath taking, and yet so easy to relate to. Everyone needs to read this book. It will truly touch you deep in your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing account of how people can survive man's inhumanity to man and overcome amazing odds to become a productive member of society. It shows how a little kindness and love along the way from someone made all the difference to some of these children.