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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably ironic for this century., 19 Oct. 1999
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This review is from: Cries Unheard: the Story of Mary Bell (Hardcover)
The book itself was very well written and must have been very difficult to listen to such horror,both from the victims families,but also Mary Bell herself. I also do not condone what she did, but I can believe the anger she felt inside, which unfortunatly spilled over to the unthinkable act of murder. What is hard to come to terms with is the way Mary was treated by the system, and why on earth was no help given to her during these years? I do think she now has started to build her life again with the help of her child, and someday this child will learn what her mother had done, this is inevitable, and again Mary will have to face many months of healing. I hope in time our legal system will start to listen to these children who commit these terrible crimes, instead of just branding them evil, after all no child is born evil, only people make them so.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2013 12:14:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Sep 2013 12:15:30 BDT
Philip Dawes says:
Who was the real murderer of the two infants Martin Brown and Brian Howe? Certainly, not Mary Bell, for she was the psychological and physical victim of repeated sexual abuse by her mother, a prostitute, and her clients. No child can withstand repeated sexual abuse by her mother without leaving very deep psychological and emotional scars. Therefore, under an ethical and intelligent system of law the person who should have stood trial for murder of the two infants would have been Mary's mother, and Mary would have received regression therapy until her deep scars were healed.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2014 02:51:44 GMT
Flora Cake says:
I find it extraordinary that there is no 'culpability' law for parents of children who kill. It doesn't apply to all, but when it does, as in this case, there is no doubt that Bell was horrifically abused by her mother and other adults, but no one was held accountable.
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