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The Mallory Owens Story: Surprising Developments

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One of the major stories around the social media globe over the past 24 hours has been the savage beating of Mallory Owens on Thanksgiving Day at the hands of her girlfriend’s 18-year-old brother, Travis Hawkins, Jr.  As the world called for his head on a silver platter, subplots began to emerge:Mallory is now out of the hospital and recuperating, as seen here, with her girlfriend and other members of her family, sans Travis, of course.  There’s more to it than just that, though.  Naturally.  Mallory, herself, has stated publicly that she doesn’t believe that Travis’ actions on Thanksgiving, the assault that left her hospitalized and bleeding from the brain, was a hate crime.  That, despite an earlier comment that Travis never liked either Mallory or, his own sister, Ally.

As more light is shed on this unfortunate situation, one thing that is emerging is that Travis Hawkins, Jr. is a very troubled young man.  His troubled didn’t just start on Thanksgiving Day.  A read through the comment thread of the above picture of Mallory’s return from the hospital will reveal an angry public grilling Travis Hawkins, Sr., the father of the attacker, with questions about the incident and why more wasn’t done to prevent it.  In truth, the senior Travis Hawkins did an admirable job of fielding the questions presented to him.  In fact, some would say that he went “above and beyond” in his effort to dispel some of the rumors and/or misinformation that has been circulating surrounding the attack.  Indeed, his response shines a whole different light on the situation.

In an amazing show of concern and compassion, it appears that donors from around the globe rose to the occasion and sent in excess of $100,000 to Mallory for what amounts to a “hate crime” defense fund.  With the hate crime element seemingly moot, according to Mallory, herself, that will possibly raise another question:  “what to do with the monies that were sent specifically to defend a “hate crime”.  However, that’s for Mallory and the donors to figure out and shouldn’t be open to discussion or speculation here.

What is crystal clear is that Travis Jr. is a very troubled young man.  On his now deleted facebook page, he showed off a tattoo on his arm that simply said “Condemned Man”.  The comment thread, now deleted, revealed a mother’s desperate attempt to convince her troubled son that he was not a “condemned man”.  That was before Thanksgiving Day’s attack on Mallory Owens.  Now, he will be, indeed, a condemned man.  Even with a second-degree assault charge, for which he is currently out on bail, he’s looking at substantial incarceration time.  Travis will certainly be punished for his actions, but is that where it ends?  This is obviously a young man, still a teenager, who is clearly in need of help.  Sadly, without intense psychological help while incarcerated, an already angry young man will someday be released, after years of being incarcerated, even more angry and, possibly, volatile.  A ticking time bomb.  Is that what we want?  Is that in anyone’s best interest?  What he did Thanksgiving Day was horrendous, no doubt about it.  And, there has to be payment for his actions, of course.  However, he’s only 18.  He will be released at some point in his life.  And, without help while he’s away, the man who returns to society could very well return as more of a danger than he is right now.  That will serve no one.

As for Mallory, the road to recovery has begun.  In the above photo, she appears to be happy and in good spirits.  However, it is said that she will require plastic surgery in the aftermath of the beating she absorbed at the hands of Travis Hawkins, Jr.  It goes without saying that there is still much to be revealed about this unfortunate event.  In the coming days, weeks, and months, I’m sure we’ll learn more about why Travis viciously attacked Mallory.  In the meantime, let’s just be happy with the fact that the recovery process has begun.  If Travis Sr. hadn’t intervened when he did, one shudders to think of what the outcome would’ve been.


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  1. I think it is incredible that 100,000 $ poured in to defend this “troubled” kid from being convicted of a hate crime . No such funds for the woman’s plastic surgery ? I buy the “troubled ” kid bit and all that and am not here to say give him the chair but what a sick world ,sicker than the trouled teen , to send money to defend that behavior .

    Charles Kinsey

    November 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

    • I think the money was sent to the victim not the perpetrator. I’m guessing I should edit and clarify that.

      Ron Kemp

      November 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

  2. For some reason, some young men (not all mind you) think that all lesbians are “easy”. That they could be handed a penis on a silver platter and slobber all over it! Well, that’s not true. Speculation here, but I think he may have “tried” to hand such penis on such silver platter and when it was rejected, he got angry. The more a person pushes the more the other person pushes.I sense it becoming volatile, he became enraged when the rejection became too clear. That she did not want such penis on silver platter.
    I’m just guessing though


    November 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

  3. Plastic surgery is expensive. I hope the donors will be okay with their money being used for that purpose. While the senseless attack is not an LGBT hate crime, it is still misogynistic in nature. When misogyny propels violence, it could still be considered a ‘hate crime’ because of the nature of the hate involved.

  4. Okay, I’m confused here. Another report talked about Travis’s father being in jail because he had shot Travis Jr. in the chest. If true, why was Sr. at the Thanksgiving dinner?


    November 29, 2012 at 2:48 am

    • I didn’t hear anything about him being in jail. Jean, the more I/we learn about this case, the more confusing it gets. So, your confusion is very much valid.

      Ron Kemp

      November 29, 2012 at 3:20 am

  5. i do not get why all of a sudden travis is a victim here. He went from attacker to “troubled young man”. I think anyone that’s able to commit a crime like that should be locked up. If not in jail, then in a mental hospital for indepth treatment. Mallory went from a horribly distressed victim to someone who “appears to be happy”. Really? You really think you can live through an occasion like that and simply be “happy”? It’s probably gonna take years, if not decades, to recover fully from this. Do you really think plastic surgery is nothing big? I can see why the mother is desperate but I really don’t think him being “a troubled young man” is a reason to all of a sudden pamper him. As for the family: were they or weren’t they there when this Travis started beating the life out of Mallory? If they were, and they already knew of his “troubles”then why did they not act and stop him. I suppose things like this have happend before so I assume they have taking action. Seeing as he is a minor and they are still responsible for the things he does.


    November 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

    • Jara, he’s not a minor. Travis is 18 years old: an adult in all 50 states. As for him being a “troubled young man”, trust me when I tell you that I don’t say that to absolve him in this attack. Not at all. There HAS to be punitive action against him. My point was, and still is, that he also needs a lot of help. Psychological help. Simply locking him up won’t do a thing but make him an even angrier man when he’s released. And, he WILL be released some day. His charge doesn’t carry the option of life imprisonment. Therefore, WHIILE he’s away doing time, there also needs to be some psychological works being done, or chances of seeing something like this or worse when he’s released will be pretty high. You’re right: Mallory’s recovery will be a very long road.

      Ron Kemp

      November 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

      • Hawkins Sr. did shoot his son in the chest during an argument. My best guess is that no charges were actually filed by the son, or there has not been a trial in that case.
        In Alabama you are not considered an adult until the age of 19.

        Tuesday's Gone

        December 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  6. This young lady hurt no one…The right to love whom she chooses (she didn’t hurt anyone) should be hers…I don’t condone violence & what he did to her is truly sickening…This young man should have been punished to the full extent of the law! Why do people keep giving/providing excuses for people like this? =(

    Wanda Jebeaux

    November 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

  7. It is my understanding the fund was specifically for Mallory’s medical bills. Any criminal case against Travis Jr would be paid by the State.

    The father was jailed months prior for shooting his son. Completely separate incident.

    Though Mallory and her girlfriend state the crime was not a hate crime and that they know what it was about, I find it difficult to believe that there was no correlation. I’m sure this young man has had problems with others in his life and they did not receive his wrath.

    Nice article.


    November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  8. who gives a fk about the poor young man? shot him now before it gets worst cause they will have a piece of that hot white ass in jail hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Michael Maresca

    November 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  9. I think the fact that he was shot by his father suggests that we don’t have to look very hard for an answer to the question “Where did all that hate come from”. It muddies our desire for black-and-white definitions, but I think perpetrators of terrible acts who are guilty as sin have often been, in their turn, victims too.


    November 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  10. supposedly the father has been charged or perhaps this was another of those cases when the family refused to testify as was the case when father shot son . in what is reported as a separate incident …..father had gotten 9mm and was shooting (supposed warning shots) one landed on the wall of the bedroom where then 7 year old Ally slept…in this case the wife refused to press charges as did the son in the subsequent attack. . Also reports of substance abuse and history of family/domestic violence. Kids demonstrate the same behaviors in many cases they grew up with….excuse? No


    December 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  11. Travis hawkins sr. Has a record of drug and alcohol related charges, domestic abuse, showing at Ally, actually shooting Jr. In the chest. The shooting at ally was originally an attempted murder charge but his wife refused to testify, much like she did in every other charge every brought against him. He did not do a good job of defending himself or his family in that thread, it was deleted this morning but I was part of that thread. Anytime he was backed into a corner and couldnt/wouldn’t come up with an answer to a valid question he either ignored it of changed the subject or simply stared insulting the other party. He spoke about the “truth” a lot yet no ones story is the same from that family. Between what he himself said on that thread and what Ally has said in statements nothing matches. He said that his two youngest children witnessed the beating and that he came running when he heard yelling, ally on one occasion has stated she is the only witness, on another she said her mother and her tried to pull him and then she went to get her dad. Ally said “my dad saved her life” yet the hawkins family doesn’t think It should be attempted murder. They also said the damage done to mallory’s face was with 3 hits in a matter of 15 seconds … However none of their accounts of what happened could have actually lasted just 15 seconds. There is not 100k in the account, about 70k I believe was the last i heard…. It was set up for mallory’s medical bills (which Sr. On that thread kept saying “THEY will gladly give the money back” its not allys money. It was not set up for it being a hate crime.


    December 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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