Interview with Carolyn Mosley


Carolyn Mosley Samuel is the mother of Ortralla LuWone Mosley, who was fifteen years old on March 28, 2003, when she was stabbed to death at Reagan High School (Austin) by her sixteen-year old ex-boyfriend. In Video 1, Mosley describes the history of abuse in her family, her struggle to interrupt those patterns as a parent, and the circumstances leading up to the death of her daughter. In Video 2, Mosley discusses the aftermath to the murder in the high school, in the courts, and in her decisions to start a foundation to prevent teen dating violence and to become a correctional officer. In Video 3, Mosley describes reconciling with her mother before her mother’s death. The interview took place on October 1, 2009 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.