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When a Child Kills Paperback – September 1, 1992

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L.A. attorney Mones eloquently defends brutalized teenage parricides in this well-documented study of juvenile crime and parental sadism.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671674218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671674212
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When A Child Kills is an exceptionally insightful view of family violence and it's tragic outcome. Paul Mones shows us the unflinching truth of what we are doing to our children and what happens when they snap. With sensitivity for the real victims of parenticide, he describes, with numerous case examples, the various players in violent familial relationship and the almost predictable way that some children fight back.
Mones discusses how some children are abused, unloved and humiliated repeatedly until they fear and loath their own parent. This fear and loathing mixes with the love they have for the parent and they end up feeling trapped and helpless. When they can no longer take the abuse or fear so desperately the next episode, they strike out at the moment they feel safest(usually when the parent is asleep). Mones explains how the child's fear is the very thing that makes the public believe the murder was in cold blood.
I could say you won't want to put this book down but I found that I had to put it down frequently because I was shaking, I was so mad at the parents for the abuse and the untenable situation into which they put their own children.
A disturbing, well written, thoughful, honest book.
Robert Quinn-O'Connor
robo@critpath.org
Collingdale, PA, USA
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This was a phenomenal book. It offerred a unique, unglorified view of the types of situations in which children sometimes turn to violence to escape abuse. A must-read for anyone who finds themselves in a position where they come into contact with children who have been, or are being abused.
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When a Child Kills. This book filled with tragic truths, reflects what children see as solutions to problems that boggle the adolescent mind. Our society teaches us, through "entertainment", easy, quick, and permanent ways to deal with disagreeable situations, anger and frustrations. From toddlers to teens, the saturation of evil and cruelty brings stain to young, undeveloped minds. For some, there is a breaking point. For some, a fear of telling, fear of not being believed. Fear of mockery. Sad stories of the cause, the act, and the punishment.
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This a gripping, sad, informative, insightful book. It does not deserve the low ratings given by people who don't understand how reviews here work.
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The writing is concise and easy to comprehend. He does not talk above his audience so anyone can grasp what he is trying to convey
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