- Mass Market Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Pinnacle (May 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786024984
- ISBN-13: 978-0786024988
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cruel Sacrifice Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2005
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The words of a murderer: "This should not have happened. This is not me. It's so stupid when you think about it. It shouldn't have caused a death. I don't blame me. We just need a little growing up. We were young, and we still are." Aphrodite Jones takes the reader into the world of several teenage girls in small-town southern Indiana--their clothes, rock music, and fascination with offbeat spirituality, and also their lesbian jealousies and penchant for violence. This book provides a useful balance to an earlier account by Michael Quinlan (Little Lost Angel). Jones's style is less dramatic than Quinlan's, but she devotes more space to the family backgrounds and psychological complexities of the two girls whose hot-vs-cold temperaments meshed to bring about the murder of 12-year-old Shanda Sharer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Aphrodite Jones is an award-winning American reporter and author who writes about unusual and puzzling murder cases. Her knack for detail allows her to dissect bizarre homicide stories and bring readers into the hearts and minds of victims and their killers. Now, the author has taken her career to TV as the executive producer and TV host of the ID series, "True Crime with Aphrodite Jones," which airs on Investigation Discovery. In it, Jones uncovers secrets about some of the most high profile cases in America, from Jon Benet Ramsey to O.J. Simpson, from Anna Nicole Smith to Casey Anthony, the author re-investigates and reveals details never known before. These days, Aphrodite Jones, who’s written a string of best-selling true crime books, is also commenting on the crime mysteries lurking behind news headlines as she joins Dr. Oz for "True Crime Tuesdays." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this generally complete account of the crime, a few things don't seem to be addressed fully enough. For example, the reader is left wondering how the victim, a 12-year-old girl, was socializing so intensely with 15 and 16-year-olds. Those two age groups usually don't have anything to do with each other. Also the title of the book is a little misleading because the word "Sacrifice" could, in one sense, steer the interpretation of this crime back to the rumor that it was the result of the girls' practicing Satanic rituals. Actually, any interest in Satanic rites or witchcraft played virtually no part in the actual crime.
However, this book overall does a good job of telling who the victim and the perpetrators were. One of the best things about Jones' account is that it includes extensive information about the home lives of the teenage perpetrators. We see the extreme dysfunction that existed in these families. There was one father's frequent abuse of his wife and of his three daughters, including many kinky intrusions into the girls' lives. There was a mother's complicity in making such perversions commonplace in their household. There was religious fanaticism. We get an insight into the fierce, but fluctuating, crushes that the teen girls developed on each other. When it came to these love affairs, every emotion the girls felt was immediately translated into operatic hyperbole and acted out in Grand Guignol style.
The sheer amount of physical activity these teens engaged in was another surprising element of their lives. Whereas other generations of teens and even many modern teens might go to school, come home, do some homework, and then just slouch around the house, watching TV or goofing off for a while - these teens were up and about virtually every waking hour. They were going to clubs and hooking up sexually with both boys and other girls out in parking lots. They were going to punk rock concerts and getting piercings. They were experimenting with drugs. They were constantly going to each other's houses or talking to each other on the phone. None of them ever seemed to have a moment of quietude, a moment of being alone with herself without being hammered into conformity with peer group mores.
So Jones' plainly written account is very revealing about trends in modern life on a number of levels. Many teens and adults alike are leading these always-in-touch hyperactive lives now. However, very few commit such heinous crimes. Reading this, you might be reminded of the Roman playwright Terence's remark that, "Nothing human is alien to me." This book will have you asking over-and-over, "Could I, under any circumstances, be capable of such a crime?"
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