Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale, 378 pages

This is one of the books that has me very grateful that my library takes suggestions for purchase, because it sounded interesting but I can't afford to buy all the books that sound interesting. It looks at the case of Robert Coombes, who at the age of 13, in 1895, killed his mother and then spent the next 10 days having fun and hanging out at home while his mother's body moldered upstairs. The sad thing is that the justice system was much kinder with him than ours is now with juveniles.

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