All God's Children

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Harper Collins, Nov 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 389 pages
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Considered by many to be the most dangerous inmate in the history of the New York penal system, Willie Bosket is a brilliant, violent man who began his criminal career at age five. His slaying of two subway riders at fifteen led to the passage of the first law in the nation allowing teenagers to be tried as adults. Yet sadly, Willie is not an aberration within the Bosket family--but rather the latest in a long line of brutal, exceptionally intelligent malefactors who were driven by circumstances, racism, and a distinctly American craving for respect by any means necessary. In this groundbreaking work, award-winning journalist Fox Butterfield traces a troubled family's history back to the days of slavery in an attempt to get to the roots of the violence endemic in our society.

 

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[All God's Children] was a text assigned to me in a university course called "The History of Violence in the United States." While I was completely enthralled by the lectures, at the time I only ... Read full review

All God's children: the Bosket family and the American tradition of violence

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In his early 30s, Willie James Bosket Jr., viewed by many as New York's most violent criminal, is confined in tightly secured isolation in a Catskill prison. New York Times reporter Butterfield ... Read full review

Contents

BLOODY EDGEFIELD
3
MASTERS AND SLAVES
19
AARON After Freedom
35
PUD Dont Step on My Reputation
46
JAMES AND BUTCH Coming Up in the Terry
71
BUTCH The Promised Land
88
BUTCH The Pawnshop
110
WILLIE Bad Little Booby
131
BUTCH The Prisoner and the Scholar
231
BUTCH AND WILLIE The Warriors
251
WILLIE Counsel for the Defense
263
PART v
281
BUTCH Free at Last
283
WILLIE A Monster Created by the System
302
EPILOGUE
325
A NOTE ON SOURCES
332

WILLIE Little Man
150
CHAPTER IO WILLIE The Boy No One Could Help
176
WILLIE The BabyFace Killer
203
PART IV
224
NOTES
335
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
374
INDEX
377
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Fox Butterfield is the author of "China: Alive in the Bitter Sea," which won the National Book Award. He was a mamember of the "New York Times "reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its publication of the Pentagon Papers, and has served as a correspondant for the newspaper in Boston, Washington, DC, New York, South Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, and China--where he opened the Beijing bureau in 1979. He is currently a national correspondant for the Times, writing about crime and violence. He lives near Boston with his family.

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