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by Gitta Sereny

eBook Cries Unheard the Story of Mary Bell epub
  • ISBN: 0333735242
  • Author: Gitta Sereny
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Social Sciences
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Humanity Press/prometheus Bk; First Edition edition (May 8, 1998)
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • ePUB size: 1842 kb
  • FB2 size 1484 kb
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The book was brand new with a 1990s Amtrak stub in the book. While I believe some of the authors conclusions on how to protect children and other things incredibly naive!! The book is the single best true crime book I've ever read. It is the story of two disturbed 11 year old girls who had a murder fantasy game they played and tragically acted out in the murder of two little boys who were basically toddlers.

A child simply born evil. The Book Cries Unheard by Gitta Sereny looks at the entire picture of the phenomenon that is Mary Bell, who is often billed as the world's youngest serial killer. or at least suspicion).

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Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March 1921 – 14 June 2012) was an Austrian-British biographer, historian, and investigative journalist who came to be known for her interviews and profiles of infamous figures, including Mary Bell, who was convicted in 1968 of . .

At the start of Cries Unheard, Gitta Sereny quotes Ben Johnson: 'Pray thee take care, that tak'st my book in.

At the start of Cries Unheard, Gitta Sereny quotes Ben Johnson: 'Pray thee take care, that tak'st my book in hand,/To reade it well: that is to understand. In her introduction, she appeals directly to our judiciousness, our readerly responsibility. She acts as defence lawyer, passionate advocate of the accused we are the jury.

Cries Unheard (Chapter 1). Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell By GITTA SERENY Henry Holt and Company

Cries Unheard (Chapter 1). Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell By GITTA SERENY Henry Holt and Company.

Author:Sereny, Gitta. Cries Unheard: the Story of Mary Bell. Book Binding:Hardback. Each month we recycle over . million books, saving over 12,500 tonnes of books a year from going straight into landfill sites. Read full description. See details and exclusions. Cries Unheard: Story of Mary Bell by Gitta Sereny (Hardback, 1998). Pre-owned: lowest price.

This is a really hard book to read due to the content. I picked it up with the intention of reading something that I disagreed with to see if it could sway my opinion. It did. Obviously I don't.

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Cries Unheard will throw you off-balance. It will make it impossible to look at children accused of violent crimes in the same way ever again. Francine Prose, The New Yorker) "Even resolute believers in the throw -away-the-key school of criminal justice will find their convictions shaken by this powerful book.

Pieces together the damaged life of Mary Bell, who aged 11 was tried and convicted of manslaughter after the death of two young boys. Only as an adult has she been able to realize the moral enormity of her crimes. The story of her life forces the reader to consider society's responsibility for children's crime. Originally published in 1998.
Comments: (7)
Kizshura
This is an incredible account. I know it is still controversial in th UK, but the story of Mary Bell is a lesson in the rush to demonize any child under 13 who kills. In fact in her story I see parallels with the 12 year olds who tried to kill another young friend in their age group that has recently taken place and known as the slenderman attempted murder case. Just like in Mary Bell's case one girl who was and is considered an accomplice has been all ready given diminished capacity while the other 12 year may be charged as an adult. These cases seem from what I have read scarily similar to the case of Mary Bell and Norma Bell (they are, were not related). I had heard the story of Mary Bell many times before finally finding a first edition for sale in a used book store. The book was brand new with a 1990s Amtrak stub in the book. While I believe some of the authors conclusions on how to protect children and other things incredibly naive!! The book is the single best true crime book I've ever read. It is the story of two disturbed 11 year old girls who had a murder fantasy game they played and tragically acted out in the murder of two little boys who were basically toddlers. Case the name suggests, the girls never really hid their intentions in numerous disturbing incidents that proceeded the murders. They even tried to take credit for the first murder in ways they announced their announced their intentions. Mary Bell's story is compelling because once they caught the girls and had recanted confessions from 11 year old girls. Only Mary was found guilty because the court never learned the absolute horrifying child abuse that was inflicted on Mary by her prostitute mother. Her mother allowed her tricks to pay to have oral sex with her daughter many years before. Before that happened she was repeatedly physically abused, her mother even drugged her to "go out and party", and her mother tried to literally kill her on at least one to two occasions. Even after these abuses Mary tried to protect her mother, downplaying or trying to act like she didn't remember abuse. What she did admit to was hard because she was bound in love, craving love from a mother who always used her daughter for own ends. The author was before her death a highly respected journalist who wrote her first book on Mary Bell from being assigned to it. Mary Bell's extended family told the author many disturbing truths (though one doubts it was full disclosure, for Mary's paternity was clouded with clues that she was most likely the product of incest between her mother and grandfather!). So though you could assume Mary tried to make up excuses for her behavior. The author stressed she never threw her mother under the bus in speaking with her. The hardest things for Mary to talk about were the murders and the unimaginable abuse she suffered with her mother. The only abuse that hadn't been able to cross check was her mother using her directly in prostitution until Mary stood up for herself and made it stop. However her mother came close to admitting that atrocity she committed against her daughter to some who told the author in her cross reference of the things Mary said. It's a fact that in the lead up to the murders Mary began to charge old men coins to look at her naked and more. In addition her mother made it clear she was to accompany her mother when she went off doing tricks, putting Mary Bell at the snapping point. She ran away, she behaved aggressively towards other children. All these signs in 1968, lead to more punishment. So Mary and her best friend at11 began a murder fantasy game made up from WESTERNS SHOWN IN THAT ERA ON TV. Finally Mary snapped. The similarities with the SLENDERMAN attempted murder are chilling. But this book asks us to explore if a preteen understands if they act out murderous games it is forever. MARY BELL STRESSES THAT AFTER SHE COMMITTED HER FIRST MURDER, ALONE.... SHE DIDN'T FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT POOR MARTIN BROWN WAS LITERALLY GONE FOREVER. MARY needed to have been put in a juvenile mental hospital, instead of reform school to deal with her disturbed nature. So did her friend Norma Bell. But in 1968, they didn't have those facilities. Her friend was acquitted and they decided to let her free. In an odd way, things turned out okay for Mary as the only female in the boys reformatting where she finally at her young preteen age met adult mentors if not trained to heal and deal with her profoundly
Disturbed mind with psychotherapy. But just having adults she could love and trust not to hurt her profoundly helped healing her. Upon turning 16, they put her in adult prison where she remained till her schedule one parole. MARY BELL, IS A STORY THAT ALL WHO THINK PRETEENS SHOULD IF THE CRIME IS HEINOUS ENOUGH SHOULD BE CHARGED AS ADULTS. I'M ONLY TALKING ABOUT PRETEENS. After reading this book I researched child killers under 12. In most, they came from highly disturbed Families.This has left me with the conclusion that parents, families, should be heavily
Personally investigated in these sorts of crimes and the laws should reflect that the child should be taken for extreme psychotherapy and held for as long as MARY BELL. If abuse as extreme is found like with MARY BELL'S case, the parent or parents should face steep consequences. Not all abused kids react like Mary Bell but if you read this book, you should see that her mother's extreme abuse WAS THE CATALYST. Because of this, the parent who is responsible for their kids should face equal consequences for the abuse that led a kid who didn't comprehend her actions in the full IF AN INVESTIGATION PROVES EXCESSIVE NEGLECT &ABUSE OF THE NATURE TO LEAD A CHILD TO BECOME SO DISTURBED.....if your child's a baseball through a neighbor's window or dents car or vandalized it the parent has to pay damages. My argument is in children who murder with a parent like Mary Bell....Well MRS. BELL WAS GUILTY AS WELL AND SHOULD HAVE FACED CONSEQUENCES. even after Mary was convicted, her mother USED her daughter's infamy to give stories on her to fund her life. I see the preteen girls in our country, with people calling them bad seeds. There is no such thing as a bad seed. They are created.
Hǻrley Quinn
Sad, but good book.
Ese
Mary Bell had just turned 11 when she killed two little boys. She did not know what she was doing. She was clearly a product of the worst kind of parenting. This book details the awful events surrounding the killings, Mary's childhood and the trial. The writing is intelligent, clear, sympathetic and detailed. I was riveted the whole way through. As a mother, I am left dumbfounded. I have also read the sequel by the same author, where the horrors of what Mary's mother subjected her to, are explained. My heart breaks for children born into this type of world.
Zan
I am far from a book critic, but I really found this book interesting. There were a couple of areas where I got bogged down in, though it did not deter be from finishing it. The subtitle is "why children kill" and while Sereny did address said topic, I got the feeling that it was more of a testament on the failures of the justice system when it comes to child cases. Either way, I found it worth reading.
nailer
A little lengthy and drawn out, but very comprehensive. If you are interested in this subject I would recommend the book.
Westened
mad props to gitta sereny for managing to maintain her patience long enough to share all of this information with us!
I am hcv men
THIS BOOK MAKES ONE RECONSIDER JUDGEMENT AGAINST AN OFFENDER. WITHOUT KNOWING THIS CHILDS PAST WE COULD NOT POSSIBLY MAKE A FAIR JUDGEMENT AGAINST HER.
Doesn't give much background to the case or story of Mary Bell.... you have to already know it (or like me- go on google and look things up as you read the book) it would be nice if the author had put in a summary of the case in the preface. there are bits of information about what happened, all from Mary's perspective and other people from that time who were questioned, but you need to piece it together- it's sort of like you need to already know the case before you begin reading this
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