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Lullaby for Morons: Based on the True Story of America's First School Teacher Murder

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In 1914, many people in America were being wrongly diagnosed as "morons". Most were committed to asylums. Some committed suicide. Two were childhood friends who became involved in the tragedy of America's first school teacher murder in Poland, New York. The ensuing trial was held in the same Herkimer courthouse as the Gillette-Brown murder case. The trial, which focused on ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Pine Tree Press
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Julia
Sixteen year old Jean Gianini murders his 20 year old teacher and spends the next 76 years “hospitalized” by the State of New York as a “moron.”

A moron is defined by an expert at his trial Dr. Henry Goddard as “the highest class of feebleminded or imbecile; a person having the mental age of between eight and twelve; as in ‘all morons are potential criminals.’” One became a “moron” by masturbating, by being born Jewish or Italian, by having a disability, or seizures.

Noble Zoken, who is Jean’s b
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Jane
Aug 27, 2015 Jane rated it it was ok
Come on, what a great title. Alas, the book doesn't live up to it. Interesting review in novel form of 20th century American classes of mental retardation and its treatment - or lack of treatment. In the hands of someone like Eric Larson, this would have been a terrific piece of historical writing.
Cristy
Aug 29, 2011 Cristy rated it liked it
Although the pacing was somewhat slow, the subject was fascinating to me. I would like to know more about the mentally ill (or who was thought to be) during this time period.
Janine
Feb 04, 2012 Janine rated it it was amazing
I rate this book a number 10. Character's were interesting. Based on a true story but a novel. Loved it although a sad story.
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