Harold Schechter: Fiend The Shocking True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer



This book was a complete page turner until ts mid section Although the newspaper article of the time were necessary for one to fully understand the era the constant reports of how the people of the era felt got to be a little too redundant In fact I stopped reading the book for a while because of this But once I started again about a week later the book was devoured Schechter Stranded With The Tempting Stranger is a brilliant writer and always has the ability to tell the story straight while letting the reader reach his own conclusions about the horrific creatures that he writes about I felt true sympathy for the people that were harmed at the hands of the Fiend This book was mesmerizing because ofts explanation of evil at such a young age One can never be completely sure as to why people behave the way that Jesse Pomeroy did but learning about him can at least give us some possible reasons why This The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde Eddie Chase, is a book I recommend to anyonenterested Suffer the Children (A Gardiner and Renner Novel Book 4) in true crime reads This was a strange book I assumedt would be because of the subject but I found myself feeling totally engrossed Mindhunter in Jesse s story He was so patheic as well as hateable I spent half my time feeling sorry for him and half my time wanting him to die It was very conflictingI wish that the author had spent time on the psychology of serial killersnstead of the back and forth legal things that happend Flawd in Jesse s case But alln all a very Sweet Stallion interesting book even for non fiction This was a slow butnteresting read for me However The County And The Kingdom it was also disheartening Not because of the subject matter but because I always thought scapegoating blaming music religion video games parents etc for violent crimes was something relatively new However I see nowt s something humanity has been doing for a long time Jesse CHOOSE to murder and do evil from his own free will and yet people blamed dime novels Summer Heat! instead of blaming him His mother blamed his smallpox vaccine The author even blames the beatings Jesse received from his father Evils a CHOICEI ve known men and women who went through far worse abuse than Jesse right down to their own fathers raping them who turned out to be outstanding citizens And I ve known people who s parents never punished them for anything and acted like these spoiled little darlings pooped gold who grew up to be worthless drug addicts hookers and gang bangers All because of the CHOICES the people made NOT because of how they were raisedAnd the people s sympathy Crushed Ice in the past for Jesse made me want to steal a TARDIS and go backn time and cut the monster s throat Jesse should have been executed not left to sponge of taxpayers for years like Charles Manson still does today Neither deserves sympathy or kindness because both are monsters who have nothing of value to give to humanity Because they CHOOSE to be evilIt s disheartening to see even n the past people wanted to scapegoat and give sympathy to monsters who don t deserve t When Jesse Pomeroy was arrested Risking It All in 1874 he was fourteen years old When he was twelve he had abducted and tortured young boys this lead to him being sent to reform school He fooled peoplento believing he had changed and was released Returning to Boston he went to work. A MONSTER PREYED UPON THE CHILDREN OF NINETEENTH CENTURY BOSTON HIS CRIMES WERE APPALLING AND YET HE WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A CHILD HIMSELF When fourteen year old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested Dog Food 2 in 1874 a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end The Boston Boy Fiend wasmprisoned at last But the complex uestions sparked by his ghastly crime sp.

Case of Covid when I read this so although Santa In Montana (Calder Saga i know was very The Moonshiners Daughter impressed with the storytellingt Emmas Orphans is Schechter after all I can t remember one detail So I will read this again Harold Schechter reallys at the top of the true crime game Not only Saints on Stage is he a solid writer but hes also something of a true crime historian He reads less like a tabloid reporter which Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, is the way of most true crime authors I ve read than a professor taking a serious look at killers and their wider sociologicalmpact And then there childhood happy hours is his choice of criminals Schechters always picking the obscure and fascinating killers that others miss Case n point Jesse PomeroyPomeroy was the boy fiend of post US Civil War South Boston A process killer who started out by torturing eight boys younger than himself his crimes began at twelve n Publish and Perish increasingly brutal ways before eventually moving on to the even brutal murders of one young girl and one young boySchechter covers all of thatn the first half of the book carefully cutting from Pomeroy himself to the wider Bostonian and even wider US landscape of violence to contextualize Pomeroy s crimes He uses the second half of the book to shift his focus to the US culture of carceration using Pomeroy s fifty plus years Given Time in solitary confinement to examine uite subtly the ethics and arguments surroundingmprisonment He takes no side The Book of Lamentations in any of this well mostly There are times when Schechter s judgment can be felt but thiss mostly reserved for Pomeroy his mother and others who claimed or believed that Pomeroy was Guide Through the Old Testament innocent simply presenting the facts of Pomeroy sncarceration alongside the arguments of those who believed that solitary was necessary and those who believed The Best-Case Scenario Handbook it was cruel andnhuman punishment Fiend The Last Days of the Romanovs is a work of demystification whent comes to the legends that sprang up around Jesse Pomeroy diminishing the boy fiend apocrypha a particularly fun version of this can be found The Fate of the Romanovs in Caleb Carr s The Alienist of bed time stories and fictional accounts and showingnstead that Jesse Pomeroy was a evil at Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, its most banal I wonder Can Schechter do the same with Carl Panzram I can t say I had much pity for this kid after the horrid things he did And most likelyf all those people that asked for pity for him had their own LOSER infant suffer to his evilntentions they wouldn t feel his sentence was too much He got what monsters deserve This Home-Ec 101 is another good book from a great true crime author It just reminds about how forgiving people are to others when nothing bad happened to them When their own child gets lured out to a remote place ands tortured and carved up we d see how forgiving they really are Although I enjoyed this book Exterminating Angel it often had the feel of reading fiction I don t knowf Schechter s other books follow the same line of fictional seeming narrative but I often felt that there was too much of the author s personal Culture and Customs of Norway interestn what was supposed to have been a detailed catalogue of Jesse Pomeroy I feel that the middle of book dragged a bit as the author had to search for material to pad the detail that he could glean about Pomeroy s life The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, in prison Alln all Shake, Rattle and Roll it wasnteresting but the style of the work put me of. He teenager's bloodlust gave way to another obsession murder Harold Schechter whose true crime masterpieces are well documented nightmares for anyone who dares to look Peoria Journal Star brings his acclaimed mix of page turning storytelling brilliant nsight and fascinating historical documentation to Fiend an unforgettable account from the annals of American crim.

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In his mother s store eventually killing two young children He was dubbed The Boston Boy Fiend This book covers the life of Jesse Pomeroy as much as s known the crimes the details of the The Weavers Idea Book investigation trial and Pomeroy s eventual sentence Its also a history lesson detailing how life was at that time how the good old days were not always so good And how juveniles committing crime The Mission of Mooney Rooney is not a modern day phenomenon I know some will take exception to Pomeroy being labeled a serial killer because he only killed two people howeverf he hadn t been caught he would surely have killed He fits all t This book The Road to There isn t an easy one to read Jesse Pomeroy s actions before he was finally jailed for his crimes are unspeakably horrific and sickening He cut slashed stabbed bit and tortured his victims killing two all of whom were very young children The detailn the beginning of the book where Schechter discusses Pomeroy s depravity Templars in America is uite horrific making this book not for the faint of heart or the sueamish About the only positive thing that can be said about the boy fiend as he was calledn the media Used (Getting Inside of V, is that he was apprehended after killing only two children Of course he never should have been let out of the reformatory which would have prevented these two murders but had he not been caught I m guessing he would have killed so manynnocent childrenIt s nteresting to see how pop culture The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums in the guise of dime novels was blamed for Pomeroy s violence backn 1874 just the same way we nowadays blame violent video games and graphic films It just goes to show that there Athena isn t anything new under the sun and some people seem to be naturally evil and depravedI was a bit horrified to realize that Pomeroy spent 41 yearsn Tales from the Toolbox isolation a feat unmatched by any other prisoner Generally prisonersn solitary confinement go mad after only a few weeks and yet Pomeroy managed to complete 41 years before his sentence was commuted to simply life n prison He was not hanged for his crimes mainly because of his youth age 14 at the time of the killings Massachusetts did not want to send a teenager to his death yet his crimes were so horrific that they reuired a stiff punishmentSchechter manages to make his point that society has too often blamed pop culture nstead of the responsible ndividual uite well He writes n such a way that the book reads like a novel However I felt as though he gloried a bit too much Det ordnar sig in the lurid details of the case at the beginning of the novel Yes I read two books called Fiend recently I can across this one when looking for another one The author teaches coursesn American lit and culture at ueens College and based on this book he really knows his stuff I have always been fascinated with true crime but the genre can be kind of dry depending on the author s skill Schechter s skill The Admiral is outstanding Using documents and newspapers from the time he fleshes out the story of Jesse Pomeroy with all the flair of an action packed adventure filled spy novel sort of way I would have given this five stars but for the graphic cringing teeth baring descriptions of the crimes I felt brutalized myself I was sick with what I now think was a mild. Ree the hows and whys of vicious juvenile crime were as relevantn the so called Age of Innocence as they are today Jesse Pomeroy was outwardly repellent n appearance with a gruesome dead eye; nside he was deformed beyond magining A sexual sadist of disturbing precocity he satisfied his atrocious appetites by abducting and torturing his child victims But soon

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Jon A Harrald joint pseudonym with Jonna Gormley SemeiksHarold Schechter is a true crime writer who specializes in serial killers He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where he obtained a PhD A resident of New York City Schechter is professor of American literature and popular culture at ueens College of the City University of New YorkAmong his nonfiction works are the historical true crime classics Fatal Fiend Deviant Deranged and Depraved He also authors a critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Edgar Allan Poe which includes The Hum Bug and Never and The Mask of Red DeathSchechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn He has two daughters from a previous marriage the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter