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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
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on 3 June 2015
I remember the case from the press coverage at the time. The girl's very name became a byword for a monster child. This is apparently her own story, as told to the author, and although it is at times a slow read it does challenge many misconceptions about her. True, her version may at times appear half true, but she is recounting events from decades past when she was a tiny child; a child subjected to default abuse by her own mother. She spent many years in the penal system, so could she ever be 'normal'? The author also criticises the legal system. The law is an ass, no news there. It is regrettable that the press continue to hound her, to seek her out and make sensations. Funny how some offenders are never left in peace.
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on 22 July 2014
excellent book, thoughtful, insightful and well written,We should all seek to improve the parenting skills and living conditions for children and that might help to cut out some of the tragedies that occur through neglect and cruelty and abuse.

some help at the beginning of life can change so much that could be terrible later on.
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on 15 July 2016
great book but i could tell that mary did not regret what she did at all. She has got to live her life while those children are dead.
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on 30 July 2013
I was looking forward to reading the book and initially did enyoy it but it failed to hold my attention half way through, however this can happen and i'm no literary expert so don't be put off, we all enjoy different books for different reason's.
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on 9 November 2016
this was a gift for my sister she loved it
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on 1 February 2016
Excellent book. Sheds light on a subject more or less unchartered.
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on 18 July 2013
Well written book that gives reader a clear understanding of gravity of crime in relatiin to mary bells issues!!! Recommend
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on 12 January 2015
very sad story all round
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on 19 December 2015
Excellent analysis of the case. It gives a whole new perspective of Mary's character. It sounds as though she and her siblings should have been removed from their parents' "care" and either fostered or adopted.
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