The Shocking True Story of Americas Youngest Serial Killer
By Harold Schechter
(Gallery Books, Paperback, 9780671014483, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 2000
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When fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested in 1874, a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end. "The Boston Boy Fiend" was imprisoned at last. But the complex questions sparked by his ghastly crime spree -- the hows and whys of vicious juvenile crime -- were as relevant in the so-called Age of Innocence as they are today.
Jesse Pomeroy was outwardly repellent in appearance, with a gruesome "dead" eye; inside, he was deformed beyond imagining. A sexual sadist of disturbing precocity, he satisfied his atrocious appetites by abducting and torturing his child victims. But soon, the 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 crime.