The Brothers Krimm: The Bank Robber and the Hero

The Brothers Krimm: The Bank Robber and the Hero

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ISBN-13: 9781456458454
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2011
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Cecile Wehrman is an award winning community newspaper editor living in North Dakota.

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Brothers Krimm: The Bank Robber and the Hero 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DanaBurgess on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There has been a long string of non-fiction here lately and today that trend continues. (I promise more fiction after this one). I'm having a hard time categorizing 'The Brothers Krimm' by Cecile Wehrman. It's not really what I would call true crime. It is about a serial bank robber and his crimes. But it is more about how four survivors of child sexual abuse took different paths despite their experiences and how that all worked out.It all starts when a bank robber, sexual predator, and all around bad guy, on the run in very rural North Dakota ends up killing himself, practically in the author's backyard. As a journalist, she begins to investigate and finds herself more and more drawn into the story and the Krimm family. The book takes shape more as a revealing expose into how Cecile Wehrman goes about delving into the life and crimes of Jimmy Krimm. Her investigation brings to light a family with shared experiences of sexual abuse. Cecile relies partly on her own experiences as a child sexual abuse survivor to understand the dynamics involved.There is no way I can say I enjoyed this book. The subject matter doesn't lend itself to enjoyment per se. What I can say is that the book is well written and edited and honest in its content. There were times that the subject matter was simply too graphic for me. (actually the cover scared me witless from time to time when I studied it) While I understand the need to bring to light the realities of abuse, be warned that the realities can be stark and alarming. Interesting though, for sure. I found myself as intrigued as Ms Wehrman as to how different people can experience similar trauma and go forward on entirely different paths.
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
I'm having a hard time categorizing 'The Brothers Krimm' by Cecile Wehrman. It's not really what I would call true crime. It is about a serial bank robber and his crimes. But it is more about how four survivors of child sexual abuse took different paths despite their experiences and how that all worked out. It all starts when a bank robber, sexual predator, and all around bad guy, on the run in very rural North Dakota ends up killing himself, practically in the author's backyard. As a journalist, she begins to investigate and finds herself more and more drawn into the story and the Krimm family. The book takes shape more as a revealing expose into how Cecile Wehrman goes about delving into the life and crimes of Jimmy Krimm. Her investigation brings to light a family with shared experiences of sexual abuse. Cecile relies partly on her own experiences as a child sexual abuse survivor to understand the dynamics involved. There is no way I can say I enjoyed this book. The subject matter doesn't lend itself to enjoyment per se. What I can say is that the book is well written and edited and honest in its content. There were times that the subject matter was simply too graphic for me. (actually the cover scared me witless from time to time when I studied it) While I understand the need to bring to light the realities of abuse, be warned that the realities can be stark and alarming. Interesting though, for sure. I found myself as intrigued as Ms Wehrman as to how different people can experience similar trauma and go forward on entirely different paths.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was co-authored by the Krimm family letting them profit from felonies by a family member of theirs. Wehrman is more interested in glamorizing the crime sprees of James Krimm by calling him a modern day Jesse James making this whole book come off rubbing many people the wrong way including my attorney and other legal scholars. It's completely unethical for them to have done this. The book would have been purposeless if it was about Charlene or Harry since neither of them have any story to tell. They only way they even have a book is because Charlene's monster of a son terrorized hundreds of people and now she can cash in on it. He threatened not only my own mother with a gun, who was just trying to make ends meet and provide a nice home for me and my siblings, but he threatened the lives of many other men, women, children, and even the unborn. Of course Wehrman is touring the country promoting Harry Krimm as some kind of military hero when in fact he spent 20 years accomplishing nothing of importance. My family has real war heroes that earned their medals against the Vietcong and the Nazis so if Wehrman wanted a story she could have looked elsewhere. James Krimm caused long term emotional and mental damage to hundreds of people so that he could blow thousands of dollars on drugs and whores taking from whomever he wanted. Many people he robbed in those banks had to quit their jobs and are still suffering from the trauma he caused. Yet nowhere does Charlene apologize for the severe actions of her son-she is quite happy signing autographs and touting herself as the mother of the legendary criminal though. Wehrman defends herself and the Krimms by saying this book is really about Harry's struggle to overcome the fact the James sexually abused him. My question is, if James did abuse Harry where were these boys parents when this was going on and why were these boys not playing Lego and Cowboys in their backyard instead of engaging in this kind of behavior? If that is not bad enough, the cover of the book is James Krimm pointing a loaded gun at my mother's stomach. Once more we have Wehrman excusing it by saying that it was the only photo that could be forensically established to be Jimmy Krimm even though her book is filled with pictures of him from his "happier" days. What is weird too is how Wehrman is going on TV and the radio boo-hooing about how she is the real victim in this whole mess because James Krimm may have drove through her town on the night he died. Trying having him jump up on a counter and shove a gun in your face then you can cry how you're the victim. Despite James Krimm barely being able to read and write there are amazingly detailed stories of his crimes in the book. Combine that with the fact that Charlene claimed to be so poor she couldn't bring her son's body back for burial shortly after he committed suicide-a clear attempt to avoid being ostracized. Interestingly enough, now that Charlene has enough money to promote and publish a book and tour the country causes some real questions about where they are getting the money for this to come up. The bottom line is, when you violate people through terrorism and then exploit them you do not just get to walk away from that, you'll always be the mother and brother of a terrorist.