TEXT Ù Fiend The Shocking True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer Ö Harold Schechter
He teenager's bloodlust gave way to another obsession murder Harold Schechter whose true crime masterpieces are well documented nightmares for anyone who dares to look Peoria Journal Star brings his acclaimed mix of page turning storytelling brilliant insight and fascinating historical documentation to Fiend an unforgettable account from the annals of American crim This was a slow but interesting read for me However it was also disheartening Not because of the subject matter but because I always thought scapegoating blaming music religion video games parents etc for violent crimes was something relatively new However I see now it's something humanity has been doing for a long time Jesse CHOOSE to murder and do evil from his own free will and yet people blamed dime novels instead of blaming him His mother blamed his smallpox vaccine The author even blames the beatings Jesse received from his father Evil is a CHOICEI've known men and women who went through far worse abuse than Jesse right down to their own fathers raping them who turned out to be outstanding citizens And I've known people who's parents never punished them for anything and acted like these spoiled little darlings pooped gold who grew up to be worthless drug addicts hookers and gang bangers All because of the CHOICES the people made NOT because of how they were raisedAnd the people's sympathy in the past for Jesse made me want to steal a TARDIS and go back in time and cut the monster's throat Jesse should have been executed not left to sponge of taxpayers for years like Charles Manson still does today Neither deserves sympathy or kindness because both are monsters who have nothing of value to give to humanity Because they CHOOSE to be evilIt's disheartening to see even in the past people wanted to scapegoat and give sympathy to monsters who don't deserve it
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Fiend The Shocking True Story Of America's Youngest Serial KillerRee the hows and whys of vicious juvenile crime were as relevant in the so called Age of Innocence as they are today Jesse Pomeroy was outwardly repellent in appearance with a gruesome dead eye; inside he was deformed beyond imagining A sexual sadist of disturbing precocity he satisfied his atrocious appetites by abducting and torturing his child victims But soon t Harold Schechter really is at the top of the true crime game Not only is he a solid writer but he is also something of a true crime historian He reads less like a tabloid reporter which is the way of most true crime authors I've read than a professor taking a serious look at killers and their wider sociological impact And then there is his choice of criminals Schechter is always picking the obscure and fascinating killers that others miss Case in point Jesse PomeroyPomeroy was the boy fiend of post US Civil War South Boston A process killer who started out by torturing eight boys younger than himself his crimes began at twelve in increasingly brutal ways before eventually moving on to the even brutal murders of one young girl and one young boySchechter covers all of that in the first half of the book carefully cutting from Pomeroy himself to the wider Bostonian and even wider US landscape of violence to contextualize Pomeroy's crimes He uses the second half of the book to shift his focus to the US culture of carceration using Pomeroy's fifty plus years in solitary confinement to examine uite subtly the ethics and arguments surrounding imprisonment He takes no side in any of this well mostly There are times when Schechter's judgment can be felt but this is mostly reserved for Pomeroy his mother and others who claimed or believed that Pomeroy was innocent simply presenting the facts of Pomeroy's incarceration alongside the arguments of those who believed that solitary was necessary and those who believed it was cruel and inhuman punishment Fiend is a work of demystification when it comes to the legends that sprang up around Jesse Pomeroy diminishing the boy fiend apocrypha a particularly fun version of this can be found in Caleb Carr's The Alienist of bed time stories and fictional accounts and showing instead that Jesse Pomeroy was a evil at its most banal I wonder? Can Schechter do the same with Carl Panzram?