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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 21 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case (Kindle Edition)
This is one of the best books on crime - non-fiction or otherwise - that I've ever read....and bejesus I've read a few. A superb personal glance back at those awful events has now been added to what was already a thorough, fascinating and well-pitched account. For the judge to have singled out 'horror videos' as a contributing factor was always so simplistic and was snatched upon by a lazy media. If we didn't see it already, David James Smith illustrates that there was so much more. This book is a must for anyone who is fascinated not by 'evil' but by human beings.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2014 18:29:13 GMT
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mrs jones says:
In a way, the judge was correct, though he did not express it thus: it was the very fact that these boys were in a household where the adults who were supposed to be caring for them, instead, lounged about and watched hour upon hour of rubbishy ''horror'' videos day and daily. THAT was the contributing factor ...honestly, what adult in their right mind would sit through films like that on a loop, on a daily basis? Adults of low iq, uneducated and that's just for a start, are the sort who watch videos like those. V&T even if not actively watching, were subjected to parents sitting in a daze glued to a video as a backdrop to daily life.. parents who preferred to sit and watch rubbish instead of devoting their loving attention and care, THAT is the crucial factor, not the content of the film. I also don't believe that they would've had the concentration to sit still and follow those films fo r more than a few minutes at a time, anyway. So you see, in a complex way, the judge was right.
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