ReadingMonster reviewed Fiend : The Shocking True Story Of Americas Youngest Serial Killer on
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This is an incredibly well-written perspective on the case of Boston's 19th century sadist and killer, Jesse Pomeroy.
I was very impressed with how well Schechter drew parallels between the public reaction to the Pomeroy case and cases in recent history. The more things change, the more they stay the same, indeed.
A bit dry and overdone in the section about Pomeroy's trial, yet I still recommend reading this book. Overall it is a fascinating perspective not only on this case but on 19th century justice and history in general.
Even though the story line is grim overall the quality of the book and writing is good. I am a counselor and I picked this up in a little bookshop up north when I was in undergrad school because I wanted to go for forensic psychology. It really kept me hooked. There is never a dull moment.