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Aaron Iturra was just eighteen years old when he was found dead in his bedroom in Eugene, Oregon. Soon, the quiet community would be rocked and shocked by who was behind the killing: Mary Louise Thompson also known as Gang Mom. An anti-gang activist, she was a modern day deadly Fagin, running her own gang of juveniles who preyed on the unsuspecting city.
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A former columnist for the Arts and Leisure Section of the New York Times, Fred Rosen is a veteran true crime and history author of twenty-four published books.
A native of Brooklyn, he became a writer at about 1 a.m. one night in 1977 at University of Southern California’s film school. Earlier that morning, his editing professor, Ken Robinson, who later edited the film Purple Rain, challenged him. “You’re supposed to be a writer,” he said after sharply criticizing a script Rosen wrote for the class.
Expanding on his 1997 Reader's Digest article, Rosen (former New York Times columnist) explores the lives of Mary Thompson and the teenage members of her Eugene, Ore., gang?the 74 Hoover Crips. Although seeming to be an anti-gang activist?as evidenced in speeches she gave at local high schools?Thompson convinced her posse that 17-year-old Aaron Iturra, whom she had entrusted to protect her son, needed to be killed. Detectives investigating the case came to her for help; what they found instead was a hidden past of recurrent crimes and lies. At first, police were doubtful they could get Thompson for murder and were prepared to settle for lesser charges, but thanks to her own incriminating statements through police wiretaps and while on the stand, she was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. While Rosen displays an extensive knowledge of gang lifestyle and terminology, as well as of police procedure and investigative techniques, his frequent interjections to the narrative ("Scripted tears, spare me!") only point out the obvious and detract from the overall effect.
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