Join us for Hamilton Tonight when we will host author Ralaine Fagone to sign her book Burden of Promise: When Tragedy Becomes a Teacher.
Tragedy carries the power to destroy lives and families. This is often truer when the media sensationalizes their downfall. One day I was the proud mother of an exceptional young man. The next I was chased by reporters and photographers bent on capturing the most horrific and painful moments of my life. My son, James Fagone at the age of twenty-one years became entwined in an evil plot and later judged for the murder of Timothy Schuster. The broadcasting networks dramatized the terrible events that changed my family forever. I turned down many interview requests because I needed time to sort out what happened. I made up my mind, if I ever chose to speak up, I would tell my experiences, my journey, my story. Burden of Promise tells of a heavenly message given to me at the birth of my son, James. I wondered if God's promise, that my son was the beginning of a new generation, would remain unfulfilled. Shaken further by the judge's sentence of life in prison without parole, I feared James' hope-filled future was finished. Or was it? I take you past the startling stories (still in reruns) of Dateline NBC, Snapped, Sins and Secrets, and Deadly Women to my struggle with the weight of the impending promise and how I found peace in the midst of tragedy. I hope to inspire parents who hold the broken dreams of their children within the pages of Burden of Promise.