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In recent years, the incidence of violent crime committed by teenagers has escalated, a fact that has hardly escaped the news media. When faced with the challenge of understanding and explaining such occurences in the headlines, one is tempted to rely upon the truism: There are good kids and there are bad kids. Michael D. Kelleher, noted expert on the subject of violence, asserts in When Good Kids Kill that this belief is outdated, oversimplified, and fundamentally wrong. He states that some of the most atrocious murders are, in fact, committed by good kids who have never given a prior indication of violence. Kelleher's book is the first to focus exclusively on homicides committed by previously nonviolent teens, exploring many of the prominent criminal cases covered by the media in recent years. Although individual killings are hard to predict, Kelleher's important new work demonstrates that there are categories of crime that can be attributed to good kids who kill; his work shows for the first time that the young perpetrators of murders that fall into these categories share similar backgrounds and experience.

While such crimes as teen mothers disposing of their newborns, sons and daughters murdering their parents, members of cults slaying friends or strangers, and young people murdering the objects of their sexual obsessions are almost always surprising and baffling, Kelleher points out that the killers often exhibit warning signs before erupting into violence. By recognizing these warnings and understanding patterns of experience that can motivate these tragic crimes, the author believes that parents, counselors, and education and law enforcement professionals can begin to address the challenge of increasing teenage violence and ensure a less violent society for our children.

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From a noted expert on violence, this is the first book to explore the warning signs and motivations for murders committed by teenagers with no history of violence, and to assert that understanding these patterns of behavior can lead to a less violent society in the future.

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The crimes...the carnage...the warning signs....Why do "good kids" go "bad"? A searing look at murder among teens and how we can stop the violence.

What made them snap?

In New Jersey, a quiet, happy, eighteen-year-old girl from a loving home successfully hides her pregnancy until prom night, when she delivers, then kills her baby.... In Nevada, a high school honor student molests, then kills a seven-year-old girl in the women's rest room of a casino.... In Washington, two seventeen-year-old best friends become deeply involved in a "gothic" lifestyle and carry out the murder of an entire family of four for the excitement....

Behind the sensational, horrifying teen crimes flooding the media, the facts are sobering: violence among young adults is at an all-time high--approximately 20 percent of all known murderers in America are under the age of eighteen. Moreover, the kids who kill are often the "good kids," the honorable, trustworthy, conscientious students who have no history of violence. In a searing probe of our nation's most shocking cases, a noted expert provides an in-depth look at the cases, examining the warning signs and behavior patterns that can be a prelude to murder--and shows how parents, teachers, counselors, and law enforcement officials can intercede before tragedy strikes.

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