Fiend: The Shocking True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer
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 in 1874, a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end. "The Boston Boy Fiend" was imprisoned at last. But the complex questions sparked by his ghastly crim...more
This book covers the life of Jesse Pomeroy, as much as is known, the crimes, the details of the investigation, trial and Pom...more
Schechter is a brilliant writer and always has the ability to tell the story straight while letting the reader reach his ow...more
About the only positive thing that can be said about "the boy fiend," as he wa...more
I wish that the author had spent more time on the psychology of serial killers instead of the back and forth legal things that happend in Jesse's case. But all in all a very interesting book (even for non-fiction!)
I did not know anything about this compelling crime story, but reading this book has enlightened me to a past world full of struggling with how to deal with such a person as Jesse Polmeroy. The author does a good job of telling this story in such a way to keep it fascinating. He shows how although times have changed, human nature has not.
I live in South Boston and have pretty much pin pointed all the places mentioned in accounts of Jessy Pomoroy's crime spree. I was afraid the book was going to be the same old story, but it appears to be well written. I'm going to read the book so I can get more precise information.
I know Jessy lived on the 300 block of West Broadway here in Southie.
His mothers dress shop where the 10 y/o girl was found...more
Harold Schechter is a professor of American Literature and culture at Queens College, the City University of New York. Among 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 Bu...more