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 July 9, 2024

Tennessee Woman Miraculously Saved After Being Attacked by Husband

A Tennessee woman was critically injured after being stabbed and set on fire, allegedly by her husband.

According to Daily Mail, Tessa Mowel, a mother of two, was rescued by Good Samaritans following the attack inside her Dickson home.

On a fateful Monday, Tessa, while seeking a divorce from her husband, Zachary Mowel, found herself fighting for her life. The morning before the attack, she had contacted a lawyer to finalize their separation.

Unfortunately, her quest for liberty became a nightmare at her home at the 1200 block of North Charlotte Street.

The incident unfolded in the presence of their two young children, ages 5 and 8. Tessa was repeatedly stabbed with a kitchen knife and set on fire, leading to multiple severe injuries.

The chaos within the household was terrifying for Tessa and her young boys, who witnessed the entire attack.

A Courageous Rescue by Passersby

The urgency of the situation escalated when two bystanders from Alabama, visiting the neighborhood to purchase an item from Facebook Marketplace, noticed smoke emanating from the house. Their timely intervention led them to discover Tessa severely wounded and in dire need of help.

The injuries sustained by Tessa were extensive, including nine stab wounds, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and severe burns that paralyzed her from the waist down.

Despite these significant setbacks, she demonstrated immense fortitude. Her current stay in the intensive care unit underlines the long road to recovery ahead, marked by surgeries and the urgent need for skin grafts.

Zachary Mowel Confesses to Attack

Her husband, Zachary Mowel, 28, was swiftly apprehended at the scene. His return to the crime scene and immediate confession to the police laid bare the grim reality of his actions.

Charged with attempted first-degree murder, among other offenses, he now remains detained under a hefty bond of $765,000.

The emotional impact on their children is incalculable. According to Tessa's mother, Tina Trotter, and sister, Tori Ila Elizabeth Trotter, the children pleaded with their father to cease his assault.

The traumatic memory of their father’s violence will undoubtedly resonate with them, complicating their emotional development and future well-being.

Why This Story Matters

Understanding domestic violence as a pervasive issue that can escalate to life-threatening levels is crucial for our community. This case underscores the importance of societal vigilance and the need to support individuals in abusive situations to seek help before tragedy strikes.

Lessons to Learn From This Tragedy

  1. Recognize Warning Signs: Emotional abuse can be a precursor to physical violence. As noted by family members, Zachary had displayed signs of emotional manipulation and abuse before the incident.
  2. Importance of Community Awareness: Neighbors and community members should remain observant. The intervention by the bystanders in this case was critical.
  3. Resources for Victims: Ensure that individuals in abusive relationships are aware of the resources available to them, including legal and psychological support.

However, it is important to understand that despite taking all precautions, crimes can still occur, and victims should never be blamed.

The family waits hopefully as Tessa slowly recovers, expressing profound gratitude towards the strangers who intervened, thereby saving her life.

As this distressing event unfolds, the community watches on, reminded of the fragile nature of domestic tranquility and the strength often required to survive.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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