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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.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the true crime genre.
She was eleven at the time, so she had a good idea of what she was doing, the fact that it was very wrong, and why she did it or how she felt while doing it.
Mary Bell's story is compelling because once they caught the girls and had recanted confessions from 11 year old girls.
Such a fascinating read. Very well documented. Never falls into voyeurism. Highly recommend it!Published 3 months ago by Thibault Chareton
This is a really interesting look into Mary Bell. I highly recommend it. Mrs. Sereny is a great author and investigator. She is absolutely unbiased.Published 5 months ago by jessica belmontes
This account isn't only about Mary Bell and the horrors of murder.
It's about the English legal and social systems demonstrating how humane and sensible those systems are in... Read more
This book was hard to put down and harder to comprehend how this young girl could kill two children at such a young age. I understood her upbringing was not ideal but whose is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbara A. Phillips
Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell was a very powerful, and chilling read. Most people would be quick to write Mary off as a psychopath for what she did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Drew
This is an incredible account. I know it is still controversial in th UK, but the story of Mary Bell is a lesson in the rush to demonize any child under 13 who kills. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dani Tanaka