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Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Peer into the minds of teen killers like Pearl, Mississippi school shooter Luke Woodham with researcher Phil Chalmers as your guide to understand the motives behind, and possibly prevent, their horrifying violence.

Luke Woodham, a pudgy 16-year-old, woke up one day, slit his mother's throat, and then drove to school, where he shot 9 people, including his girlfriend. Why? In
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2009)
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Jan 24, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
Interesting and hard to put down, mentioning many cases of teen murder that were new to me, but I have to say that overall the feel of the book was superficial and unfocused. In a way, this book is a great overview of the wrongheaded ideas people use to explain school shooting and other dreadful kid behavior. He describes the horrible lives these kids have that drove them to violence, then tries to blame video games and TV shows for what finally happened, as if it were "The Sopranos" that got Ja ...more
Tracy Little
Jul 06, 2014 Tracy Little rated it really liked it
I agree with some of the other reviews....sometimes the author jumped around a bit, and at times the writing itself was average. HOWEVER, for people who are just starting to read up on this topic....AND PEOPLE WHO WORK IN SCHOOLS SHOULD START's a good start. It had some solid data, some concrete signs of alarming behaviors that non-mental-health-workers may be unaware of, and a spin on some controversial topics. Recently, I have been introduced to the work of Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman ...more
Huma Rashid
Oct 04, 2011 Huma Rashid rated it did not like it
Perhaps this book is suffering in my esteem because I keep inadvertently comparing it to " Columbine ," which is basically the definitive source on Harris and Klebold. I feel like this book is nowhere near as slickly written. The writing style is almost ... juvenile. Overly simplistic. Like it's meant to appeal to (pander to?) simple, fearful minds.

Chalmers does an awkward dance when examining the "why" behind homicides in which the perpetrators are teens: he says that there are many, many facto
Jul 24, 2010 Eden added it
Well this was a VERY informative book and i am so glad that i read it but first i will explain why it only got 4 stars from me instead of 5:

First off, he kept mentioning Columbine and how Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied, and i'm sure they were to a certain extent, but at the same time so is everyone. Eric and Dylan's mission was supposed to out do Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Building bombing. it was supposed to be a terrorist attack with three acts or "phases". what we see o
Jan 30, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
Recommended to Kristin by: Krista
Shelves: nonfiction
It was an interesting read, felt fragmented. It is supposed to be about what leads a teen to kill. But, the reader is easily distracted by wanting to read about the killers and the crimes themselves. Chalmers has written an encyclopedia of teen killers that would probably be right up my alley considering what I payed most attention to in this book.

This book provides a lot of theories about what leads a teen to kill, but then tells you there is no real way to tell. It was frustrating bec
Dec 20, 2012 Emmett rated it really liked it
This book isn't quite what I thought it would of been about. Chalmers does a good job of showing statistics about different things teen killers have done. I gave this book a 4 star instead of a 3 star because Chalmers does a great job of telling you how to prevent teen killers. I agree with Chalmers that this is something that should be watched better. I also have to agree with Chalmers about the morale of the US as a whole needs to be re-evaluated and maybe people will understand we need to sta ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Sue rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-crime
While the topic and statistics are stunningly tragic (there are many, many more incidents that I realized--we only tend to hear about the bigger ones), I think this book might have been more compelling and thought-provoking had the author not had such a clear agenda (promoting MORE guns).

And seriously, a sales ad printed after every single chapter?! Who the hell does that?!
Nov 24, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: mmm-2013, mmm-2015
Good read if you are interested in te subject of teen crime. Also good for parents so they can recognize normal vs. abnormal.
I didn't agree with everything but did attend his training for work. A fascinating subject to me.
Going to read the Encylopedia of Teen Killers next.
8/13, 11/15
Dec 04, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
What an absolutely eye-opening book about what helps trigger teenagers into becoming young killers and being involved in awful situations. This was a great book to read.
Nov 08, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Very good book. All parents should read this book.
Kim Hetzer
Feb 25, 2011 Kim Hetzer rated it really liked it
Very Interesting!!!!!! and true
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