Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell

Sereny, Gitta

Published by Picador
ISBN 10: 0805060685 / ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used / Paperback / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Book has appearance of light use with no easily noticeable wear. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Synopsis: England's controversial #1 best-seller.

What brings a child to kill another child? In 1968, at age eleven, Mary Bell was tried and convicted of murdering two small boys in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Gitta Sereny, who covered the sensational trial, never believed the characterization of Bell as the incarnation of evil, the bad seed personified. If we are ever to understand the pressures that lead children to commit serious crimes, Sereny felt, only those children, as adults, can enlighten us.

Twenty-seven years after her conviction, Mary Bell agreed to talk to Sereny about her harrowing childhood, her terrible acts, her public trial, and her years of imprisonment-to talk about what was done to her and what she did, who she was and who she became. Nothing Bell says is intended as an excuse for her crimes. But her devastating story forces us to ponder society's responsibility for children at the breaking point, whether in Newcastle, Arkansas, or Oregon.

A masterpiece of wisdom and sympathy, Gitta Sereny's wrenching portrait of a girl's damaged childhood and a woman's fight for moral regeneration urgently calls on us to hear the cries of all children at risk.

Review: In 1968, cases like that of Mary Bell were almost unheard of. Two little boys were dead, and the two accused killers, Mary Bell and Norma Bell (no relation), were 11 and 13. Norma was acquitted, but Mary was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Almost 30 years after her conviction, Mary Bell was able to tell her story, from her troubled childhood to her eventual release from prison as an institutionalized young woman and her awkward attempts to build a life for herself in a hostile world.

In Cries Unheard, Gitta Sereny coaxes out Mary's story without becoming an apologist. She is blunt about the brutality of these crimes, and doesn't attempt to dismiss them as the acts of an ignorant child. When Bell gives explanations that don't ring true, Sereny pushes on, refusing to accept the easy answers. The questions raised are wrenching: Can children understand the finality of death? Are they capable of evil? Did Mary Bell understand what was happening to her in the courtroom where she was declared a "bad seed," a child so innately evil that she would have to be locked away for the rest of her life? Was she responsible for her actions at all, or were those responsible for her to blame? While Cries Unheard can't answer all these questions, it dissects Bell's unthinkable acts to the point that we can almost understand them. --Lisa Higgins

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story ...
Publisher: Picador

Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Goodwill Books
(Hillsboro, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Acceptable. Reading copy. May have signs of wear and previous use (scuffs, writing, underlining). Dust jacket may be missing. Bookseller Inventory # 3IIL01002F8G

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 5.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.25
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gitta Sereny
Published by Owl Books (NY) (1998)
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Owl Books (NY), 1998. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP93374714

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 10.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Gitta Sereny
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Acceptable. Book Condition: Acceptable. Bookseller Inventory # 97808050606835.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 16.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sereny, Gitta
Published by Picador (2000)
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2000. Book Condition: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: What brings a child to kill another child? In Cries Unheard, Gitta Sereny, one of our greatest authorities on questions of crimes and conscience, takes up the case of Mary Bell, who in 1968, at age eleven, was tried and convicted of murdering two small boys in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Twenty-seven years after her conviction, Bell agreed to talk to Sereny about her harrowing childhood, her terrible acts, her public trial, and her years of imprisonment. What emerges is a wrenching portrait of a damaged childhood and an adult's fight for moral regeneration, one that forces us to ponder society's responsibility for all children at the breaking point, whether in Newcastle, Arkansas, or Colorado. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_usedgood_0805060685

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 20.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Gitta Sereny
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808050606833.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 16.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Sereny, Gitta
Published by Picador (2000)
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Spike706
(Poughkeepsie, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Some read/shelf wear and light page tanning. Bookseller Inventory # 1610230078

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 24.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Sereny, Gitta
Published by Picador
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Motor City Books
(Brownstown, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0805060685I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 30.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Sereny, Gitta
Published by Picador
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Second City Books
(Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0805060685I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 30.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Sereny, Gitta
Published by Picador (2000)
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Nearfine Books
(Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2000. Book Condition: very good. Gently used. Expect delivery in 20 days. Bookseller Inventory # 9780805060683-3

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 31.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Sereny, Gitta
Published by Picador (2000)
ISBN 10: 0805060685 ISBN 13: 9780805060683
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booked Again
(Summit, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-054-58-9451809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 26.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 5 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book