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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious research, serious insight
Despite the gaudy title this is not a sensationalist work. On the contrary, the author has taken one of the most emotive subjects on earth, researched it thoroughly and written a work of real psychological insight without ever raising his authorial voice. A must-read for anyone with a serious interest in criminal psychology, this book helps us to understand that...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Author insists on adding his own opinions
Very interesting subject, which is why I wanted the book, but the author seems obsessed with adding his own opinions throughout every case, and making excuses for the perpetrators behaviour, portraying them as victims themselves. I only want to read the facts, not a "bleeding heart" (his term, used in a derogatory manner when criticising the media) running commentary.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious research, serious insight, 1 Feb 2005
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This review is from: When Kids Kill: Unthinkable Crimes of Lost Innocence (Virgin True Crime) (Mass Market Paperback)
Despite the gaudy title this is not a sensationalist work. On the contrary, the author has taken one of the most emotive subjects on earth, researched it thoroughly and written a work of real psychological insight without ever raising his authorial voice. A must-read for anyone with a serious interest in criminal psychology, this book helps us to understand that demonizing children is not merely unethical but utterly unhelpful, and also raises the question of whether the adult should be punished for the crimes of the child. Excellent throughout.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Debate will Run and Run...Nature or Nurture?, 26 July 2011
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A very interesting and well written book. Some of the cases are very sad, especially the Jamie Bulger and Mary Bell cases. If you work in this field, as I do, you come across this kind of behaviour regularly. Though not very often to the extent of murder. I find in my work with most children who offend that once you start to look into their homelife you will find neglect, cruelty, harshness and abuse, time and time again. It's a thread that runs through most of these cases, though not all. It will go on and on as there are thousands and thousands of children living a nightmare life and some of them will eventually snap!

If you have an interest in why some children kill others, read this book. It may help you understand why some children and young people offend.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, balanced account, 2 Feb 2009
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This review is from: When Kids Kill: Unthinkable Crimes of Lost Innocence (Virgin True Crime) (Mass Market Paperback)
In "When Kids Kill" Jonathan Paul has produced, despite the rather salacious sounding title, a fascinating, balanced and worthwile account of when children become killers. He has researched the issue thoroughly, including speaking to an emminent psychologist in the field, and introduces the book with a chapter on the psychology of child killers. He then goes through some of the more noted cases e.g. Mary Bell, Graham Young, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, plus the killing of Damilola Taylor, devoting a chapter to each case.

The account, whilst detailed, is not over-gratutious, but focuses on what motivates such children, particularly the background of these kids. Whilst some may see this account as being too liberal and sympathetic to such killers, I would argue that it is impeccably balanced. The author's view is that society needs to understand these young killers, not just brand them as born evil, if we are to prevent such cases. However, he also maintains due respect for the suffering of the victims and their families.

I would highly recommend this account to anyone with an interest in true crime and criminal psychology. It is particularly good as an introduction to these more famous cases, and further reading can be undertaken if the reader is interested in a more thorough account.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the seat stuff, 17 Jan 2008
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Actually, having read quite a few of these types of books I was expecting a bit of exaggeration, however it was well written and chillingly disturbing in it's honesty. It leaves you questioning the so-called 'born evil' and wondering just how much we are responsbile for these 'child killers.' Definitly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when kids kill, 16 Oct 2011
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good book good read very informative very good purchase well written and enjoyable. although it is not a very nice topic it was very detailed and gave me a better understanding on this subject
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener., 15 Jan 2008
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If you can get past the out of control crowds, all screaming for `them to be locked up and the key thrown away` - there is, in every case, a heart rending story to be told. Whether or not you`re prepared to take the time to listen to it is up to you - but i would highly recommend this book either way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed., 30 Mar 2014
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Although the information itself is horrid, the book is of good quality and the information is good. It arrived really quickly and the person I bought it for was surprised at how well written it was considering the content.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Author insists on adding his own opinions, 17 Jan 2014
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Very interesting subject, which is why I wanted the book, but the author seems obsessed with adding his own opinions throughout every case, and making excuses for the perpetrators behaviour, portraying them as victims themselves. I only want to read the facts, not a "bleeding heart" (his term, used in a derogatory manner when criticising the media) running commentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, 13 Oct 2013
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A very interesting book giving the reader some understanding of the subject.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in psychology of child murderers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read, 21 Feb 2012
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interesting read - not the typical hysterical emotive writing that is often the case with such a topic but gives clear concise background information.
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