WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHNNIE JORDAN? The Story of a Child Turning Violent

Author: Toth (Jennifer)
Year: 2002
Publisher: The Free Press (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: F/Vg+
ISBN: 9780684855585
Price: 8.00
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Hardback. On an icy night 5yrs previously, Johnnie Jordan - just 14yrs old - brutally murdered his elderly foster care mother, leaving the state of Ohio shocked and outraged. He could not tell police why he did it or even how it made him feel; all he knew was that something inside made him kill. At the time, few people predicted the swift emergence of a class of young so-called "super-predators" - criminals like Johnnie who injure and kill without conscience, personified to the nation by the Littleton, Colorado, tragedy in 1999. The author takes a look at the people in society who we so often discard and altogether ignore. As she investigates Johnnie's crime and life, she unravels the mysteries of a child murderer unable to identify his emotions even after they converge in acts of fury and rage. In the course of her research, Johnnie grows dangerously into a young man who "will probably kill again" he says, "though I don't want to." Yet he also demonstrates great kindness and caring when treated as a human. Through Johnnie's harrowing story, the author examines how some children manage to overcome tragic beginnings, while others turn their pain, anger, and loss on innocents. Not just a narrative of a youth gone wrong, this is the story of a child welfare system so corrupted by bureaucracy and overwhelmed with cases that many children entrusted to its care receive none at all. It is also the story of a Midwestern town struggling with blame and anger, unable to reconcile the damage done by so young an offender. From Johnnie's early years on the streets to his controversial trial and ultimate conviction, this is a seminal work on youth violence and how we as a society can work to curtail it. With Epilogue and Select Bibliog. 306pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/late. F. in sl. sunned Vg+ dw.

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