'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