Kids Who Kill

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- Brenda Spencer, 17 years old, opened fire on a crowded elementary schoolyard with a semi-automatic rifle because "Mondays always get me down."

- Timothy Dwaine Brown, 16 years old, beat his brother to death before killing his grandparents in cold blood.

- Molested repeatedly by her father, 16-year-old Cheryl Pierson hired a classmate to execute him.

- Two Missouri brothers, ages four and six, attacked and ...

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Overview

- Brenda Spencer, 17 years old, opened fire on a crowded elementary schoolyard with a semi-automatic rifle because "Mondays always get me down."

- Timothy Dwaine Brown, 16 years old, beat his brother to death before killing his grandparents in cold blood.

- Molested repeatedly by her father, 16-year-old Cheryl Pierson hired a classmate to execute him.

- Two Missouri brothers, ages four and six, attacked and brutally murdered a baby girl because "she was ugly."

There is a new breed of killers loose in America today — and its numbers are growing at an astounding rate. They are responsible for over ten percent of the nation's homicides. They are often victims themselves of neglect, violence and sexual abuse, of drugs and poverty. They murder alone or in groups — in anger and frustration, for attention . . . or for thrills. And they have one thing in common: they are all children.

A top forensic psychologist presents a shocking examination of the lives and crimes of today's youngest killers. Children and teenagers are responsible for over 10% of the nation's homicides. This startling book explores the psychology, causes, and motives behind their unspeakable acts.

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YA-- Ewing provides some answers for a society reeling from the reality of this particularly distressing form of violence. Using excellent examples of documented cases, he states clearly the underlying causes of most teenage murder and presents the information in a readable style. Students searching for facts and perspectives on drug use, poverty, family violence, and crime would find this book an excellent resource. With its many applications, it has a place in high school libraries as well as on teachers' resource lists.-- Nancy Craig, R . E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380715251
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: Avon Book Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 950,032
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Patrick Ewing, a clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney, is Professor of Law and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After recieving a Ph.D. from Cornell University, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and recieved a J.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Ewing is the author of Crisis Intervention as Psychology (Oxford University Press, 1978) and Battered Women Who Kill: Psychological Self-Defense as Legal Justification (Lexington Books, 1987) and editor of Psychology, Psychiatry and the Law: A Clinical and Forensic Handbook (Professional Resource Exchange, 1985). He is also the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters dealing with psychology and law, psychotherapy, professional ethics, and violent behavior, and serves as co-editor of the journal Behavioral Sciences and the Law. A Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, Dr. Ewing has examined many homicide defendants and testified as an expert in numerous murder trials.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    This is an awesome book

    I loved reading this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I bring it with me wherever I go. I never knew that minors were responsible for 10% of our nation's homicides, until I read this book. It gives you chills up the spine. I would definetly recommend this to anyone who wants to read something really scary. I'm not a person who reads many books, but I had a really hard time putting it down. I give it 4 stars.

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