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Say You Love Satan Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1987

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell (October 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440175747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440175742
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book a few years ago, accidentally discovering it in a bookstore, and recognized the name Ricky Kasso from the media. As you read this book, I don't see how anyone with a heart could not help but feel a little sorry for Ricky; this was a CHILD, and we as a society failed him, failed him so wrongly he became entangled in drugs, crime, devil worship, and eventually murder. Unfortunately, Gary Lawvers just happened to cross him at the wrong time and paid the ultimate price.Ricky was not cold-blooded, but a scared teenager with a mind clouded by drugs - his suicide proved that. This book is a perfect example of this country's need to have parents who are willing to be there for their kids. I would never put my child out on the street, the way the Kasso's did. We can't let more and more teens reach the point that Ricky, and sadly, many others, have reached.
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By A Customer on March 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was walking through a store and looked up and saw a book title I knew would drive my parents teachers and friends running to the shrinks. I had never heard of Ricky Kasso or Nothport Long Island. It is the easiest book to read since See Jane jump Spot. The story pulls you in from the first page. Before your realize it you're sucked into the life of a troubled kid whose life takes an unexpected turn and shows how easily a kid can go wrong. I was 16 when I first read it. I've gad 6 copies of the book 5 of which vanished. The last I found hidden in the stacks at the library. If nothing else it should be part of some required reading list for would be parents. The book changed my life. Even the most heartless can't put the book down without Rcky, Jimmy or Gary sticking with them for years.
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I read this book several years ago while sitting in the library. It was a very quick read yet quite simplistic in nature. I grew up in the same town and during the time period in which these events took place. I followed the case closely through the news reports when it actually happened. There are many facts that are not properly represented in the book. I was hoping for something more realisitc when i picked up this book. I did enjoy reading it despite this.
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Seeing as there are so many ebooks/ kindle books out there, I feel like it's my duty to review stuff that isn't, and probably will never be, in digital format. Anyway, to get to my review, this is a really fun read. I'm a slow reader. I can usually get through a book in about 10 days if I push it. I made it through this sucker in 3. I couldn't put it down. I enjoy true crime, especially unique stories like this. I'd seen a film version of this story about ten years ago, and I was quite surprised when I happened upon Say You Love Satan in a used book shop. The book is about the downward spiral of Ricky Kasso, a troubled teen who got into drugs, dropped out of school, and ended up committing murder one night in June 1984. It was a very controversial case, and one of the main reasons is that nobody really knows just what exactly went down that fateful night. The book reads almost like a novel, and I am sure that St. Clair has added his own unique slant on the story and perhaps gotten a few facts wrong. But in what murder case are all the facts ever completely straight? Ultimately, the recreation of events such as these ends up being a creative endeavor. The dialogue is crisp, and St. Clair takes you right back to 1984 and the head banging metal culture that Ricky was a part of. This is no serial killer tale. This is the sad story of a group of LOST BOYS, no pun intended, who were marginalized by society and ended up taking a very dark path.
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having graduated in 87 i remember reading this story in newsday. it scared me then and haunts me even today. what happened in northport was only an example of what was going on in small towns of long island. acid,heavy metal music,satan worship,you name it. if you want to understand the mood of the teens back then listen to the band mercyful fate.album "dont break the oath"listen , read the lyrics ,turn the lights down low and get ready to scare yourself to death
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By A Customer on July 14, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book back when I was in high school. I never dabbled in drugs but I had friends who did. I was curious about ouija boards, but I am very religious so I was a bit uncomfortable with the idea. After reading this book I decided never to touch a ouija board again. It also reminded me why I did not use drugs. I did, however, listen to heavy metal music. I realized that some people do not know how to differentiate between music and reality. Especially those who are drugged out and into satan. Basically, my mother freaked out when she saw the name of the book. I explained to her that if anything this book made me even more religious and scared me away from drugs even more than before. It is frightening to think that these crimes happen far too often. It definitely made me open my eyes to reality.
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I am younger than the guys in this book by a few years, but I grew up in the same town and went to Northport HS. This was huge news when it happened. Everyone in town was taken back by it, but I always knew that Long Island had a large Satanic population. The Knights of the Black Circle and The Land Pirates are two Satanic gangs. I have always been interested in Satanism, not practicing it but reading about it. What I can say is that this was more of a tragedy due to drugs than it was due to Satan. These guys were the Dirtbags in town (which is a common stereotype on L.I.) and they may have been into heavy metal and doing drugs, but they were just kids, not hardcore Satanists. This book is great at telling the story and making you feel what it was like. It captures the feeling of that time that I remember so clearly... of people in town freaked out and more than a little annoyed at the national spotlight. Northport is a nice town. People are wealthy and live the perfect suburban lifestyle. The "Rich Kids" often grow up to be the biggest trouble makers. I think Northport had trouble dealing with the fact that these kids were now forcing themselves into the spotlight when the people in town mostly want to ignore and hide them away... as long as they don't cause problems they can pretend they don't exist. This is a great book.
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