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  1. says:

    I was sick with what I now think was a mild case of Covid when I read this so although i know i was very impressed with the storytelling it is Schechter after all I can’t remember one detail So I will read this again

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    When Jesse Pomeroy was arrested in 1874 he was fourteen years old When he was twelve he had abducted and tortured young boys this lead to him being sent to reform school He fooled people into believing he had changed and was released Returning to Boston he went to work in his mother’s store eventually killing two young children He was dubbed “The Boston Boy Fiend”This book covers the life of Jesse Pomeroy as much as is known the crimes the details of the investigation trial and Pomeroy’s eventual sentence It is also a history lesson detailing how life was at that time how ‘the good old days’ were not always so good And how juveniles committing crime is not a modern day phenomenon I know some will take exception to Pomeroy being labeled a serial killer because he only killed two people however if he hadn’t been caught he would surely have killed He fits all the other criteriaWhen reading Schechter I have learned to carry a notebook with me he has so much other interesting information in his books This is another well written book that I have no problem recommending

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    This book was a complete page turner until its mid section Although the newspaper article of the time were necessary for one to fully understand the era the constant reports of how the people of the era felt got to be a little too redundant In fact I stopped reading the book for a while because of this But once I started again about a week later the book was devoured Schechter is a brilliant writer and always has the ability to tell the story straight while letting the reader reach his own conclusions about the horrific creatures that he writes about I felt true sympathy for the people that were harmed at the hands of the Fiend This book was mesmerizing because of its explanation of evil at such a young age One can never be completely sure as to why people behave the way that Jesse Pomeroy did but learning about him can at least give us some possible reasons why This is a book I recommend to anyone interested in true crime reads

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    Harold Schechter really is at the top of the true crime game Not only is he a solid writer but he is also something of a true crime historian He reads less like a tabloid reporter which is the way of most true crime authors I've read than a professor taking a serious look at killers and their wider sociological impact And then there is his choice of criminals Schechter is always picking the obscure and fascinating killers that others miss Case in point Jesse PomeroyPomeroy was the boy fiend of post US Civil War South Boston A process killer who started out by torturing eight boys younger than himself his crimes began at twelve in increasingly brutal ways before eventually moving on to the even brutal murders of one young girl and one young boySchechter covers all of that in the first half of the book carefully cutting from Pomeroy himself to the wider Bostonian and even wider US landscape of violence to contextualize Pomeroy's crimes He uses the second half of the book to shift his focus to the US culture of carceration using Pomeroy's fifty plus years in solitary confinement to examine uite subtly the ethics and arguments surrounding imprisonment He takes no side in any of this well mostly There are times when Schechter's judgment can be felt but this is mostly reserved for Pomeroy his mother and others who claimed or believed that Pomeroy was innocent simply presenting the facts of Pomeroy's incarceration alongside the arguments of those who believed that solitary was necessary and those who believed it was cruel and inhuman punishment Fiend is a work of demystification when it comes to the legends that sprang up around Jesse Pomeroy diminishing the boy fiend apocrypha a particularly fun version of this can be found in Caleb Carr's The Alienist of bed time stories and fictional accounts and showing instead that Jesse Pomeroy was a evil at its most banal I wonder? Can Schechter do the same with Carl Panzram?

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    This book isn't an easy one to read Jesse Pomeroy's actions before he was finally jailed for his crimes are unspeakably horrific and sickening He cut slashed stabbed bit and tortured his victims killing two all of whom were very young children The detail in the beginning of the book where Schechter discusses Pomeroy's depravity is uite horrific making this book not for the faint of heart or the sueamish About the only positive thing that can be said about the boy fiend as he was called in the media is that he was apprehended after killing only two children Of course he never should have been let out of the reformatory which would have prevented these two murders but had he not been caught I'm guessing he would have killed so many innocent childrenIt is interesting to see how pop culture in the guise of dime novels was blamed for Pomeroy's violence back in 1874 just the same way we nowadays blame violent video games and graphic films It just goes to show that there isn't anything new under the sun and some people seem to be naturally evil and depravedI was a bit horrified to realize that Pomeroy spent 41 years in isolation a feat unmatched by any other prisoner Generally prisoners in solitary confinement go mad after only a few weeks and yet Pomeroy managed to complete 41 years before his sentence was commuted to simply life in prison He was not hanged for his crimes mainly because of his youth age 14 at the time of the killings Massachusetts did not want to send a teenager to his death yet his crimes were so horrific that they reuired a stiff punishmentSchechter manages to make his point that society has too often blamed pop culture instead of the responsible individual uite well He writes in such a way that the book reads like a novel However I felt as though he gloried a bit too much in the lurid details of the case at the beginning of the novel

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    This was a strange book I assumed it would be because of the subject but I found myself feeling totally engrossed in Jesse's story He was so patheic as well as hateable I spent half my time feeling sorry for him and half my time wanting him to die It was very conflictingI wish that the author had spent 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

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    I can't say I had much pity for this kid after the horrid things he did And most likely if all those people that asked for pity for him had their own infant suffer to his evil intentions they wouldn't feel his sentence was too much He got what monsters deserve This is another good book from a great true crime author It just reminds about how forgiving people are to others when nothing bad happened to them When their own child gets lured out to a remote place and is tortured and carved up we'd see how forgiving they really are

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    Yes I read two books called Fiend recently I can across this one when looking for another one The author teaches courses in American lit and culture at ueens College and based on this book he really knows his stuff I have always been fascinated with true crime but the genre can be kind of dry depending on the author’s skill Schechter’s skill is outstanding Using documents and newspapers from the time he fleshes out the story of Jesse Pomeroy with all the flair of an action packed adventure filled spy novel sort of way I would have given this five stars but for the graphic cringing teeth baring descriptions of the crimes I felt brutalized myself

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    This was a slow but interesting read for me However it was also disheartening Not because of the subject matter but because I always thought scapegoating blaming music religion video games parents etc for violent crimes was something relatively new However I see now it's something humanity has been doing for a long time Jesse CHOOSE to murder and do evil from his own free will and yet people blamed dime novels instead of blaming him His mother blamed his smallpox vaccine The author even blames the beatings Jesse received from his father Evil is a CHOICEI've known men and women who went through far worse abuse than Jesse right down to their own fathers raping them who turned out to be outstanding citizens And I've known people who's parents never punished them for anything and acted like these spoiled little darlings pooped gold who grew up to be worthless drug addicts hookers and gang bangers All because of the CHOICES the people made NOT because of how they were raisedAnd the people's sympathy in the past for Jesse made me want to steal a TARDIS and go back in time and cut the monster's throat Jesse should have been executed not left to sponge of taxpayers for years like Charles Manson still does today Neither deserves sympathy or kindness because both are monsters who have nothing of value to give to humanity Because they CHOOSE to be evilIt's disheartening to see even in the past people wanted to scapegoat and give sympathy to monsters who don't deserve it

  10. says:

    Although I enjoyed this book it often had the feel of reading fiction I don't know if Schechter's other books follow the same line of fictional seeming narrative but I often felt that there was too much of the author's personal interest in what was supposed to have been a detailed catalogue of Jesse Pomeroy I feel that the middle of book dragged a bit as the author had to search for material to pad the detail that he could glean about Pomeroy's life in prison All in all it was interesting but the style of the work put me off

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Fiend The Shocking True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer

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He teenager's bloodlust gave way to another obsession murder Harold Schechter whose true crime masterpieces are well documented nightmares for anyone who dares to look Peoria Journal Star brings his acclaimed mix of page turning storytelling brilliant insight and fascinating historical documentation to Fiend an unforgettable account from the annals of American crim Yes I read two book