Why did a Mothers nine babies have to die?
Year after year, one after another, the babies of Marybeth Tinning died, nine of them over hte past fourteen years. The causes were listed variously as natural or undetermined or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome......
But somehow, no one - not the police, not the coroner, doctors, social workers or neighbours - detected something evil in the strange patterns of death.
On the surface she was a normal. working-class woman who held responsible jobs, driving a school bus, volunteering as an ambulance driver, working in a restaurant - even helping in a paediatric ward. But Marybeth Tinning barely mentioned her children, and when she did there were no outwards signs of sorrow. She would recite their names and birth dates as though she were reading a list, citing a cause of death in each case but having nothing more to say about them. There were no affectionate little anecdotes, no spoken memories, no sense of tragedy at their loss. They seemed to slip in and out like little wraiths, leaving no palpable impressions
There were six autopsies and never any sign of abuse. There were whispers and suspicions. But there was no clear or rational explanation. Marybeth said her children cried a lot; they made her feel nervous, they made her feel she was not a good mother. But then there was another baby .... Any no one understood the silence operating a a community where infants died in a way that seemed to terrible to be true
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Dust cover and book in good condition for age - Slight yellowing to page edges, spine in good order