When Kids Kill

When Kids Kill

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Jonathan Paul goes behind the sensationalist headlines of 'child killers' to investigate why these crimes happen. He examines child homicide in today's violent, confusing world and contextualises it against the cruel unforgiving retribution of yesterday. Children are increasingly experimenting with drugs and committing offences, but there are those who commit the worst possible crimes: to end another person's life before their own could properly have begun. The cases are shocking but sometimes the path towards them is even more so. This is a fascinating exploration of disturbing events aimed at discovering what happens when childhood is trodden underfoot, and when and why kids kill.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 108 x 172 x 20mm | 140.61g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0753507587
  • 9780753507582
  • 50,394

About Jonathan Paul

Jonathan Paul is an investigative journalist and author.show more

Back cover copy

'There isn't this creature called a "child killer"; he does not exist. It's a whole range of circumstances and disorders.' - Dr Susan Bailey, consultant adolescent forensic psychiatrist. Kids. They know about sex, they are experimenting with drugs and, increasingly, they are committing offences and finding themselves in court. But beyond the general troublemaking and ASBO's there are kids who commit the worst possible crime: murder. Cases of child homocide are rare, but they are especially horrific and they have a profound effect on all society. Can children be inherently evil? Is evil learned, and if so, from where? Jonathon Paul goes beyond the sensationalist headlines to investigate why these crimes happen examining homicide in today's violent, confusing world and putting it in context against the cruel retribution of yesterday. The cases are shocking, but sometimes the path towards them is even more so. This is what happens when childhood is trodden underfoot: this is when - and why - kids kill.show more

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131 ratings
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this book was great first knowledge into why children kill, it was very interesting i couldn't put it down.show more
by Anastasia Oakland
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