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Young Killers:
Chad O'Connell

Jerry Alvarez English was stabbed to death -- In Vacaville, California, during a 1997 street fight. Chad O'Connell admitted his role in the fatal stabbing and was let off with probation on a weapon charge. The victim's friends were charged with murder. "They free the killer and arrest the only two living Hispanics in the group. I don't think you have to be a Ph.D. to start asking questions about whether or not there's some racial component to all this" said his lawyer Dan Healy.

Children Who Kill: Profiles of Pre-Teen and Teenage Killers
by Carol Anne Davis -- Thirteen in-depth case studies of juvenile homicide committed by children between the ages of 10-17 focusing on societal and psychological factors. Why would two young boys abduct, torture and kill a toddler? What makes a teenage girl plot with her classmates to kill her own father? Traditionally, society is used to regarding children as harmless - but for some the age of innocence is shortlived, messy and ultimately murderous. Some of the most notorious killings of the 20th century were committed by children and it is not a new phenomenon. Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are infamous for their crimes against other children, but many of the studies here will be less familiar to the reader and equally as offensive. Murdered by fire, poison, strangulation or gunshots, victims range from infants to old age pensioners. Carol Anne Davis sets out to explore this disturbing subject using in-depth case studies of 13 killers aged between 10-17. Exclusive interviews with experts offer an invaluable insight into the psychology behind these atrocities and a hard-hitting look at the role of society in an area too shocking to ignore.

Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006


 

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