- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Printing edition (August 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771073607
- ISBN-13: 978-0771073601
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,939,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Runaway Devil: How Forbidden Love Drove a 12-Year-Old to Murder Her Family Hardcover – August 4, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
In 2006, 12-year-old "J.R." and her 23-year-old boyfriend Jeremy Steinke murdered her mother, father and younger brother. Collecting information on the couple's troubling relationship, immersion in the local goth scene and obsession with violent music and films, Calgary journalists Remington and Zickefoose piece together the puzzle of a young girl's turn to familicide, a "culture did it" approach balanced by the considerable possibilities that Steinke corrupted the smart young girl, or vice-versa-that a charismatic young J.R. lured Steinke into murder. Ultimately, the authors manage at best to humanize the senseless tragedy of two deeply disturbed people, but don't look too hard for answers; the result is less like a genuine attempt to understand the tragedy than an exploitative narrative sounding the alarm against exploitation. As is unfortunately characteristic of true crime involving youth culture, this case has a schizophrenic approach to the goth subculture, which they describe as both misunderstood (demonized) and having played a prominent part in the couple's crimes. Still, those who want a solid, sensationalist crime account that gets into the heads of its subjects should find this a page-turning thrill.
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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
“A page-turning thrill.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The authors have done a masterful job of crafting the true story like a crime novel … chilling and compelling.”
— Fast Forward Weekly
“An authoritative account of the murders that rocked this city.”
— Medicine Hat News
“Runaway Devil tells a story you don’t forget…. gripping … I also commend Zickefoose and Remington on humanizing the victims.”
— Peterborough Examiner
“A great read … powerful, scary, maddening, but you can’t put it down.”
— Gord Gillies, Global TV Calgary
“In spite of severe legal restrictions, Runaway Devil effectively details … a shocking Canadian triple murder… it brings to life the characters — the victims, the criminals and the supporting cast. This book does a better job than many in the genre.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“Well written, excellent, highly recommended.”
— Reg Hampton, CTV News Calgary
“The book is a cautionary tale on several fronts: the perils of the Internet, Goth culture, heavy-metal music, violence in film.”
— National Post
“Dogged reporting had led the pair to countless scoops and insights into the bizarre case even before the girl was taken to trial and found guilty of murder….[it’s] as full a picture as we are likely to get into how the unimaginable happened.”
— Calgary Herald
“Expert journalistic handling … Runaway Devil will have you checking the contents of your daughters’ iPod and watching how much time she spends on social networking.”
— January magazine
“Elegantly crafted and written, Runaway Devil is a fine attempt to explain the inexplicable.”
— Elliott Leyton, author of Sole Survivor: Children Who Murder Their Families
“A finely constructed narrative of a horrific crime that shocked a nation … never again will I see youths hanging around a mall with nothing to do and not think about JR and Jeremy.”
— Nick Pron, author of Lethal Marriage: The Unspeakable Crimes of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
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The book itself gives incredible details how an ordinary girl, the youngest killer in Canadian history, turned into a murderer and ended up betraying the people who loved her - her own family... My heart goes out to the Richardson family's friends. :(
The book was insightful and disturbing. Jasmine Richardson wasn't abused or treated poorly by her parents, yet she hated them and wanted them dead because she hated their normal parental rules.
She even faked a nice family outing with them; riding dirt bikes just a few days before their murder. From the lack of remorse it appears she's a sociopath.
I did however find a typo, no big deal though.