The Mallory Owens Story: Surprising Developments
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.
Written by Ron Kemp
November 28, 2012 at 4:43 am
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