At some point the horror begins. Jimmy is violent towards his wife and sons and commits incest with his daughters.
None escapes without damage, be it physical, mental or both. At one point Paula, by then grown up, shoots at her father as he rampages through the house but is wildly inaccurate.
When Paula is 24 she decides enough is enough and to protect her half brothers and sisters has her father arrested. Every one of the family suffers the ordeal of a hearing, in which they have to face being cross-examined by Jimmy himself. Bravely the little girls stand and face their rapist in court and give evidence against him.
She left me the gun : my mother's life before me
Paula felt she had put her young siblings through a traumatic ordeal for nothing and in she leaves for England, taking little with her but the pearl-handled gun that she tells her daughter she will be leaving to her. Paula takes it to the police during a British firearms amnesty in Your subscription will end shortly. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK.
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