By Janine Cummins
Whilst my mom and dad packed my brother, sister and me into the kin van and drove us to Missouri for Spring holiday, we introduced our completely imagined city-hardness with us. The difficult fact that we have been approximately to profit used to be that, in truth, we weren't difficult little ones in any respect. Our lifestyles within the urban had no longer ready us for whatever. not anything might arrange us for this.
A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins's tale of an evening in April 1991, whilst her cousins, Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, have been assaulted at the Chain of Rocks Bridge that spans the Mississippi River simply outdoor of St. Louis. whilst, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom controlled to flee the attackers and flag down support, he notion the nightmare might quickly be over. He couldn't were extra improper. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their complete kinfolk have been simply before everything of a terrible odyssey in the course of the aftermath of a violent crime, a global of stunning betrayal, never-ending heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It used to be a tribulation by way of hearth from which nobody might emerge unscathed.
It was once a headline tale within the ny instances and united states this day. It used to be lined through courtroom television and profiled at the Ricki Lake exhibit. Now, this is the intimate memoir of a stunning crime and its aftermath...one family's speedy and unforgettable tale of what sufferers can undergo lengthy once they may be secure.
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Cattle stealing—Scottish Borders (England and Scotland)—History. 4. Scotland—History—1057—1603. I. Title. 1’0660941—dc22 2008009536 Printed in Canada Acknowledgements For their help I am deeply grateful to the Librarians and library staff at Trinity College, Dublin; at Glasgow University; at Carlisle Public Library, and at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. I am especially grateful to Mr E. F. Ladds, Librarian at Douglas, Isle of Man, for his assistance and kindness, not least in making available to me the excellent collection of Border material contained in the Talbot Library.
If anything in their history demonstrates that the Scots are remarkable, it is that in spite of being physically attached to England, they have survived as a people, with their own culture, laws, institutions, and, like the English, their own ideas. But it has not been easy, and the marks show. The Scots are an extraordinarily proud people, with reason, as they are quick to point out, and like most geniuses, highly sensitive. Where England is concerned, this sensitivity borders on neurosis. Buried deep in the Scottish national consciousness is the memory of a cliff-hanging struggle for independence, which lasted more than three centuries in the physical sense, and in the minds of some Scots continues today.
War after war was fought on it, and this, to put it mildly, had an effect on the folk who lived there. What this effect was will be examined more closely later; for the moment it is enough to say that constant strife, or the threat of it, bred up a race of hard people along the Border line. They lived in a jungle, and they had to live by jungle rules. This is not to excuse them, if that were necessary, but to explain. 3 It was inevitable that the way of life which the Borderer had to follow in time of war should be carried over into what was nominally peace-time; habits are hard to break, and here they became so deeply ingrained as to be almost instinctive.