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Tragedy in Tin Can Holler

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"Tragedy in Tin Can Holler" is a captivating must read true story of a family's past transgressions revealing a serial killer during the great depression, incest and child abuse, lies and betrayals and domestic violence buried for decades! The vicious murder of the author's mother haunted her for 48 years, but discovering the truth about her mother's murder was just the ti ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 7th 2007 by Global Authors Publishers
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Jun 08, 2011 Steven rated it it was amazing
You have got to read this captivating, true story of a family's past transgressions revealing a serial killer during the great depression, incest and child abuse, lies and betrayals and domestic violence buried for decades! The vicious murder of the author's mother haunted her for 48 years, but discovering the truth about her mother's murder was just the tip of the iceberg.

Rozetta Mowery discovered and is still learning what led her father kill her mother when Rozetta was only seven years old.
Jan 17, 2011 Ward rated it it was amazing
Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is an emotional read. It is a story about a family that needed to be told. I am so proud of Rozetta for having the courage and the fortitude to tell it — and with such brutal honesty and intensity. Having been through and overcome numerous challenges myself, I know personally the kind of strength it takes to survive on a totally different road than others travel. Rozetta’s road was one I am thankful to not have had to travel. Honestly, I most likely would’ve crashed. Li ...more
Rita Sexton
Feb 03, 2009 Rita Sexton rated it it was amazing
I have read books from cover to cover in a sitting or two. This was not one of them, not because it was lengthy - but because it was a powerfully true story drenched in pain, death and mental illness from cover to cover. At times my very being would shake...I would lay the book down and walk away. The demons that seemed to posses the paternal grandmother and father, unfortunatley affected the life of Rozetta, her siblings and lead to the death of their precious mother. As I read the book, a stra ...more
Anna Maria
Jan 03, 2009 Anna Maria rated it it was amazing
"Tragedy in Tin Can Holler" is one of the most chilling books I have ever read. Rozetta Mowery tells this true story in a direct and compelling way. Its a must read story detailing bizarre and tragic events in the author's life. Mowery's hidden family secrets are told in an uncensored unveiling of murders and mayhem that will leave you stunned by the evil and demonic murder of her mother and the legacy left by her vicious serial killer family matriarch. Rozetta Mowery's story has turned a family ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Tracy added it
I was VERY impressed not only with the book, but with Rozetta as a Survivor. She has taken a journey that I know many could not make, a journey back into the truth. I just had to spotlight her here in this issue, for she truly is an Empowered Survivor, that now takes all that she's gone through and learned and is going out and making a difference.

My life has been truly touched from my contact with Rozetta Mowery and reading her book, and I know that yours will be as well.
Tara Bush
Feb 14, 2015 Tara Bush rated it it was ok
This was certainly a story that needed to be told - s horrible example of how abuse, addiction and helplessness is passed down from generation to generation. But the writing was flooded with short choppy and often repetitive sentences. Unnecessary details are shared with the reader (like the names of every neighbor in Tin Can Holler) which detracted from the story and often made me want to put the book down. Very depressing.
Rhonda Noble
A must read for anyone who thinks they have had a hard life as well as a look back in time to how things were handled.

The book is well-written and the author deserves praise for her bravery into the exploration of her past as well as her ability to share her story with the rest of us - family, friends and those other she will never know but may have helped along her way.
Jan 07, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing
This book was very intreging ( however u spell it ) and its wild to know that we are kin and grew up in the same area. I had no clue of this until I met Rosie at my Adopted moms house. She is a wonderful person who has been threw alot. Rosie I love you you are always in my prayers. I think you opened alot of eyes. Good Luck with #2 and I cant wait
Jan 01, 2009 Jeana added it
I am lucky enough to have Rozetta as part of my friends. I have personally met Rozetta and she is an outstanding women. I feel very blessed to have her as a friend. I'm amazed that after all she has been through, from reading her book that she is the wonderful person she is today. I can only hope that she touches many more lives with her story.
Jan 02, 2009 Nan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Nan by: I met the authur at the airport
I had to read many pages over because I couldn't believe the horror of this family. I can't understand how a man (a daddy) could in any way be so damn horrendous.
What I learned is you never know what goes on behind closed doors.
Roland Hinds
Dec 31, 2008 Roland Hinds rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book that accounts for the abuse Ms. Mowery mother received throughout her marriage. It is a must read. If you would like to hear more about her story visit about domestic abuse.
Roger Myers
May 14, 2011 Roger Myers rated it really liked it
Raw, tragic, and beyond belief that generations of one family could endure so much. An easy read. I wish there had been more about redemption and some reflection on "why I survived all this mess." Still, very powerful.
Jan 22, 2009 Wanda rated it it was amazing
I lived around tincan hollar.It brought back lots of memory.To think all this went on here in mcminn and meigs and other counties.It's a GREAT book to read. Best of luck to you Rozetta.
Jan 03, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing
once i started reading this book i couldn't put it down. knowing the author a little helped influence me too... i wanted to know what happened in tin can holler
Tricia Singleton
May 16, 2008 Tricia Singleton rated it really liked it
Really great story, full of east TN history. A true story that proves the lives we lead influence future generations greatly. A must read!!!
Feb 18, 2009 Ronda rated it it was amazing
I read this book after becoming friends with this author on Myspace it's a riveting can't put down book and one I highly reccomend to all.
Jan 11, 2009 Barry marked it as to-read
HiRosie , i will be reading your book very shotly , and i'll let you know what i think as soon as i'm done . Take care
Bre Mccall-teague
Apr 09, 2013 Bre Mccall-teague rated it it was amazing
Tragic, yet moving in that the daughter never forgot her mother, her difficulties & most especially her love for her children.
Jan 05, 2009 Kayla added it
I learned alot from this book. It made me really open up my eyes alot to what was even going on around me.
Reed Clayton
Dec 31, 2008 Reed Clayton rated it it was amazing
Great Book !! I learned about local people, area history and domestic violence. This book is a must read!
Dec 31, 2008 Shelia added it
This is a very touching true story book, and my heart goes out to the people that were affected in this book!
Sheila Mandra
Sep 05, 2010 Sheila Mandra rated it it was amazing
this book really made me cry. :( its really sad about childhood abuse, and the murder of her mother
Dec 31, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Couldn't believe this happened so close to home. Rozetta is a remarkable person!
Aug 27, 2010 Ellenh rated it liked it
An interesting book in spite of the sometimes clumsy organization of the writing.
Jul 26, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
can't belive I live in this area
Apr 12, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
This was hard to put down.
Jan 02, 2009 Pam rated it it was amazing
Great book!
Feb 23, 2010 Carmen rated it it was amazing
This is about a family's domestic violence in Athens, TN. I really enjoyed this book because I could picture places they talked about. Very sad book too.
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how could anyone not be concern 2 28 Apr 20, 2009 02:18PM  
Rozetta was born in Athens, TN in 1952. After the murder of her mother in 1959, at the age of 7, she was placed into the foster care system. She graduated with honors from Polk County High School in 1970 and began a career in the banking industry. Three years later she married and moved to Florida and gave birth to her three children. After living in domestic violence for 15 years she divorced her ...more
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