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Brutal but honest
on 16 September 2003
Video nasties, porn and heavy metal music don't make happy children turn to murder. Children Who Kill shows exactly what these youngsters survived before they fought back. Carol Ann Davis tells us everything from their parents ages and occupations to their school experiences. She interviewed a detective about one British serial killing case to provide pages of information I haven't been able to find anywhere else.
Did the reader who gave this book a one star review read the same book as me? The quotes simply showed that the author hadn't made her information up, that other criminologists share her awareness of what shapes these youthful killers. The TV show she refers to is an episode of Kilroy where a sexually abused girl spoke of wearing a wire to trap her abuser. And the women's magazine reference was to a parenting column.
My only criticism of the book is that after a while you know how the case is likely to end: that is, the children who were tortured went on to torture, those who were raped went on to rape and those who were beaten went on to beat. But I guess that isn't the author's problem. She is simply telling the harrowing truth.
Conventional readers may not like this book as it shines a spotlight on many of society's sacred cows and finds them wanting. It's also scathing about the way many adults treat their young.