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the book is a wonderful piece of writing and research with the many twists ...
on 11 December 2016
When I first heard in the Sixties of a ten year old girl killing two young boys it was horrendous but absorbing in the respect of the interest of the psychological viewpoint.....When you are a teenager as I was then many interests come and go but the case of Mary was always in my mind somewhere but knowing only the basic details of the case but there are two sides to every story and I wouldn',t condemn anyone least of all a ten year old little girl without learning her side of it....So Gitta's book whether it was well written or not would have absorbed me with the subject matter alone...and after watching a documentary about the case someone in court said when asked about her mother and her prostitution and sado maschicism had no bearing on the child's life....was incredulous to me.....So when I got Gitta',s book I wondered exactly how she would cope with writing considering the enormity of the subject and everything that entailed must have been daunting to do.....the book is a wonderful piece of writing and research with the many twists that you can expect due to the intensity of all that surrounds a girl of ten who has killed......it was fascinating throughout and in the end you feel a deep sympathy for Mary who was let down by so many people and a system that didn',t know how to deal with a ten year old killer....but she did have in her first institution Red Bank a man James Dixon who was sympathic to her and a wonderful role model she desperately needed and whom she always held in the highest regard until his death.....Above all Gitta cared about Mary and I feel privileged to have read her book