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Shattered Sense of Innocence: The 1955 Murders of Three Chicago Children (Elmer H Johnson & Carol Holmes Johnson Series in Criminology) Hardcover – September 28, 2006
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“One of the most horrific crimes of the 1950s, the kidnapping, molestation, and brutal murder of three Illinois boys is brilliantly reexamined and brought back to harrowing life in Shattered Sense of Innocence. The human drama, poignancy, raw terror, and legal quest for justice captured by the authors make the book one that readers of true crime will eagerly want to read.”—Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter
“[A] history book, a true crime novel, and just a good read.”—Chicago Life Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
All are highly recommended. This is the one that may keep you awake all night.
The authors are brilliant writers and the book is exhaustively researched. Many new questions are raised:
Were the victims looking for someone the night they died?
Why did two of the boys, Bobby Peterson and John Schuessler, report being afraid of someone?
Who was the mysterious "Mr. Potato Head?"
Who was the source of screams heard in a remote area that night?
What is the meaning of the puzzling forensic evidence?
Who is the elusive pedophile Ken Hansen? He was convicted of the murders, but some still have doubts.
Did a mystery witness secretly confess to being the real killer?
Did missing heiress Helen Brach know too much? Is she the Jane Doe in the unmarked grave?
Did the same killer murder Judy Andersen in 1957 and the Grimes sisters in 1956?
This book is like film noir in book format. (There a a few graphic photos.) It is unquestionably one of the greatest true crime books ever written. Read it even if you have to leave the lights on all night.
“Shattered Sense of Innocence,” in meticulous detail and care, chronicles the lives and last hours of the three murdered boys. It takes us to the places they were last seen alive and follows every clue, every suspect, every speculation as to who killed the boys and why. It tells the entire sordid story of the 1955 murders that “destroyed two families, more than a few careers, and the trust of a generation.” It doesn’t hesitate to detail the incredible incompetence of police and crime scene investigators and the political rivalries between competing police jurisdictions and the county coroner’s office that virtually assured that the crime would never be solved.Read more ›
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pretty good, it's like other books, regurgitating facts we all already knowPublished 9 months ago by Tap Duncan
Does this specific crime remind anyone else of the West Memphis Three case? Three murdered little boys? Creepy...Published 14 months ago by C. Courtney King
It was a very sad true story. The book was very hard to put down. I highly recommend it.Published 15 months ago by NTO
Well written chronicle of a dark life changing episode in Chicago's mid-1950s period. As a boomer born in '48 had a memory of the headlines and the consequences but not the... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Native Chicagoan
Talk to any kids who lived in Chicagoland in the mid-1950s and they will probably tell you how their parents warned them to be home on time or they might end up like those... Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by lindapanzo
I find it necessary that I simply advance my opinion about this tome. It, if carefully read, is disjointed, contradictory at points I believe, confusing in detail , devoid of... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Saiko-komon