The Meaning of Our Tears: The True Story of the Lawson Family Murders of Christmas Day 1929


On a snowy Christmas Day in 1929 a respected tobacco farmer in rural North Carolina murdered everyone in his family except one son. It became one of the most mysterious stories of the century with the gruesome murder scene left intact for Depression Era tourists to visit and walk through. Sixty years later, more than could ever be imagined surfaced from interviews with the elderly friends and family of the murderer and the Lawson family tragedy was documented in this compelling 376 page collectible hard cover edition. For the first time, the author is allowing this book to be offered in eBook form. It is an unforgettable telling of a tragic crime with the “voices” of those interviewed woven into the fabric of the book which reads like a novel. Don’t miss this poignant true story of a father’s twisted love.



“I bought this book since I lived in Germanton my entire childhood and never heard of this story. After some online research I came across this book and bought it almost immediately. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The author paints a great picture of the family history leading up to the murders and makes you feel like you are actually there. This book took me thru a wide range of emotions thru laughter, joy and then heart wrenching sorrow. You will not be disappointed in this very well researched and thorough book.” by Ally

I have just finished reading The Meaning of Our Tears…so, I am a bit speechless…first I have to thank the Wilkes County Public Library, North Carolina, for loaning this book out to me…since it is no longer in publication, and extremely expensive to buy from Amazon, I took the chance and asked for a loan…the book will grip you and won’t let go…you will spend hours reading, just wanting so badly to read what happens feel a part of this family, and want so much to help them…during this 1920’s era, this is how most of the American people had to live…off the land..working hard from sun up to sun down, in all elements of weather…having a baby each year, and just trying to keep food on the table, and a descent pair of shoes and a set of clothes for the children…but, I have to say, the Lawson family were extremely close knit, as well as surrounding neighbors…always willing to give a helping hand…this is my personal take on this tragedy..first, I believe Charlie Lawson snapped…maybe life got to much for him…7 children still living at home…and who knows what else that no one might have known about..namely where did he get that ‘wad’ of money when he bought his family’s new clothes?? and also Marie’s state of was he going to live that down, unless he, Fannie and Marie lied about it to family members and the community…2nd, I believe Arthur would have been killed as well, had he not left to buy more ammunition … I think my heart went out more to Charlie’s Uncle Joe Lawson..he sensed in his soul that something bad was going to happen, but he did not know what…he cried like a baby for weeks, but once the tragedy happened, he didn’t cry anymore…and what might have changed things if Stella had told of her premonition??” by Panzi



I can say with all humility, I am not your typical writer or author.  I was born a “country girl” in rural North Carolina and that is my heritage.  I have a southern accent and proud of it!  I am the youngest of three, with a sister and brother. Our parents blue collar but honest and hard-working. Education was hard to come by with our back ground but all of us returned to college as adults.  We have all been successful in our own areas.

My siblings and I grew up with parents who loved us but were of modest means.  We learned the value of a dollar and the value of hard work, gratitude and honesty.  We learned to care for ourselves and others and to always do our best.  There is no substitute for hard work and determination.

People often ask me how I learned to write.  I feel one learns to write by reading.  After learning the basics of your education, every quality piece of writing you encounter can be your teacher.   You literally learn from those who came before you. Reading is a free education in writing as well as many things to anyone who wants to partake.  In addition to that, you must put yourself wholeheartedly into what you write.  Don’t be afraid to write what you want and do it the way you want.  I’m my own person and I write that way.  Writing and publishing isn’t as easy at it appears and stepping out and owning up to your own thoughts and ideas is what it is all about.

One of the hardest things you can do in writing is to have the courage to step out on your own.  I stepped out of my comfort zone to bring you the titles that I have.  I have laughed and cried along the way.  If you have a passion to write or create I encourage you to begin.  There is never a time like now.

As the song says:  when the music starts…. “I hope you’ll dance….”



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