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In Cries Unheard, Gitta Sereny coaxes out Mary's story without becoming an apologist. She is blunt about the brutality of these crimes, and doesn't attempt to dismiss them as the acts of an ignorant child. When Bell gives explanations that don't ring true, Sereny pushes on, refusing to accept the easy answers. The questions raised are wrenching: Can children understand the finality of death? Are they capable of evil? Did Mary Bell understand what was happening to her in the courtroom where she was declared a "bad seed," a child so innately evil that she would have to be locked away for the rest of her life? Was she responsible for her actions at all, or were those responsible for her to blame? While Cries Unheard can't answer all these questions, it dissects Bell's unthinkable acts to the point that we can almost understand them. --Lisa Higgins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bought this book for my murder class, it was an interesting read, if you aren't in school and just like reading books and or/ like crime this is one to consider reading.Published 1 month ago by Lauren Ritchie
Mary Bell had just turned 11 when she killed two little boys. She did not know what she was doing. She was clearly a product of the worst kind of parenting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avid reader
Thanks! Got it for a friend who'd read a review & sooooo wanted to read it! Thank you very much! Have a GREAT day!Published 3 months ago by Sandra L. Quinones
THIS BOOK MAKES ONE RECONSIDER JUDGEMENT AGAINST AN OFFENDER. WITHOUT KNOWING THIS CHILDS PAST WE COULD NOT POSSIBLY MAKE A FAIR JUDGEMENT AGAINST HER.Published 4 months ago by MARGIE
I didn't find this book quite as interesting as the rest of the readers...it took me a LONG time to finish it, as I kept putting it down and forgetting about it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann
The writer kept the most important information till the end, I guess it is her style in order to keep the audience interested in the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alvina Rohner
A gripping and thought-provoking read, as the author considers the murders in 1968 of two little boys by 11 year old Mary Bell. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sally tarbox
This book is a sensitive account of the life of a child who killed other, younger children. Mary Bell killed two small boys when she was just 11 years old. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patricia Roberts
As with "The Case of Mary Bell", this is a very good book. I found it hard to put down. However, my purpose for reading it was to hear what Mary had to say about the circumstances... Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. A.