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Children who kill : profiles of pre-teen and teenage killers

Author: Carol Anne Davis
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2003.
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Why would two young boys abduct, torture and kill a toddler? What makes a teenage girl plot with her classmates to kill her own father? Traditionally, society is used to regarding children as harmless -- but for some the age of innocence is shortlived, messy and ultimately murderous. Some of the most notorious killings of the 20th century were committed by children and it is not a new phenomenon. Mary Bell, Robert  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Anne Davis
ISBN: 0749006102 9780749006105
OCLC Number: 51001099
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 267 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Hurting: Jesse Pomeroy --
Pale shelter: William Allnutt --
Substitute: Cheryl Pierson & Sean Pica --
I am, I said: Peter Dinsdale (aka Bruce Lee) --
Dare to be different: Luke Woodham --
Waiting for a girl like you: Cindy Collier & Shirley Wolf --
Save me: Robert Thompson & Jon Venables --
Can't get it out of my head: Rod Ferrell --
Don't cry out loud: Mary Bell --
Under pressure: Kip Kinkel --
Grass won't pay no mind: Wendy Gardner & James Evans --
Nobody's child: Sean Sellers --
Nineteenth nervous breakdown: Johnny Garrett --
Senses working overtime: Recognized typologies of children who kill --
Cry me a river: Further classifications --
Heard it through the grapevine: Children who kill their friends --
Hungry like the wolf: Youthful sex killers --
Born to run: Children who kill their families --
Alone again, naturally: children who kill again as adults --
Blame it on the pony express: Scapegoats --
Riders on the storm: The myth-makers --
She's so cold: Telling it like it is.
Responsibility: Carol Anne Davis.

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Why would two young boys abduct, torture and kill a toddler? What makes a teenage girl plot with her classmates to kill her own father? Traditionally, society is used to regarding children as harmless -- but for some the age of innocence is shortlived, messy and ultimately murderous. Some of the most notorious killings of the 20th century were committed by children and it is not a new phenomenon. Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are infamous for their crimes against other children, but many of the studies here will be less familiar to the reader and equally as offensive. Murdered by fire, poison, strangulation or gunshots, victims range from infants to old age pensioners. Children Who Kill is a comprehensive new study of juvenile homicide. Carol Anne Davis sets out to explore this disturbing subject using in-depth case studies of thirteen killers aged between ten and seventeen. Exclusive interviews with experts offer an invaluable insight into the psychology behind these atrocities and a hard-hitting look at the role of society in an area too shocking to ignore.

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