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The Evil Mother

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When 18 year old Aaron Iturra was shot to death in bed in his Eugene, Oregon home in October of 1994, the first person his grief stricken mother Janyce Iturra turned to was Mary Louise Thompson. Why? Because Thompson, herself the mother of a troubled teen, had become an active campaigner against teen gang activity and a surrogate mother to many local teens. But neighbors w ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Chris Demer
Mar 14, 2015 Chris Demer rated it liked it
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A fairly well-written true crime story featuring a psychopathic woman who manipulates alienated youth to do her bidding, and a dogged detective, Michaud.

Although the protagonist's early life was a bit chaotic, she had two parents and was "the apple of her father's eye". Unfortunately, she was extremely pampered, selfish and entirely egocentric. In her teen years she becomes involved with motorcycle gang culture.

Eventually in trouble with the law, Mary Fockler leaves Ohio and heads to Oregon to r
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Koren
Oct 07, 2016 Koren rated it liked it
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A mother who appears to be someone who campaigns against gang violence turns out to be an enabler. There is a lot of word for word testimony here but it is a quick read. I started it one day and finished the next.
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Feb 02, 2009 Jeannie rated it it was amazing
Been awhile ago that I read this book but I do remember that it was really good...that's all I can say.
Jenn
Dec 13, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This was quite a creepy story of a "den" mother who gets into a lot of gang related trouble. She'll do anything for her "boys" including lying. She quite frankly scared the hell out of me!
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American true crime author and former columnist for the Arts and Leisure Section of The New York Times.

Rosen's published works in the genre include Lobster Boy, There But For the Grace: Survivors of the 20th Century’s Infamous Serial Killers and When Satan Wore a Cross.

He is also the winner of Library Journal’s Best Reference Source 2005 award for The Historical Atlas of American Crime, and has w
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