Book Review: LISTENING TO KILLERS by James Garbarino

Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years’ worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, Read More …

Book Review – LOBSTER BOY: The Bizarre Life and Brutal Death of Grady Stiles Jr.

Meet Grady Stiles Jr., a carnival “freak show” character known as The Lobster Boy and his offbeat colleagues–The World’s Only Living Half Girl, Midget Man, The Electrified Girl, and the Human Blockhead. And then look beneath the carnival tent flaps at the dark underworld and personal life of The Lobster Boy and the events leading up to his brutal murder. Learn how and why author Fred Rosen risked his own life in the pursuit of Read More …

Holding On To Hope: Making A Difference From Behind Prison Walls

The following essay comes to you from behind prison walls. This is the fifth in a series written by Tyler, a young man serving life without the possibility of parole, for a nonviolent crime he committed at the age of 17. His words are eloquent in the face of such injustice.   Prosecutorial discretion or concurrent jurisdictional laws define a class of cases that may be brought in either juvenile or criminal court. No hearing Read More …

Letters From Prison: Time To Live, Not Just Exist

734 out of every 100,000 people are behind bars in the U.S. – by far the highest number in the world. I have the privilege of sharing Tyler’s second essay. For those of you unfamiliar with his story, Tyler is a young man who, as a teenager, got himself in some trouble. He was arrested, tried as an adult, and sentenced to life with no possibility of parole. The important fact here is that he Read More …

Letters From Prison: Behind and Beyond the Wall

Today I have the pleasure of sharing the first Letters From Prison post. The idea for this feature came to me after I read Destructive Justice: A Lost Boy, a Broken System and the Small Light of Hope by Nicholas Frank. This is the true story of a family in turmoil. Nick’s son Tyler responds to the turmoil by acting out and looking for somewhere else to belong. In that respect, he wasn’t much different than Read More …

Review: Destructive Justice by Nicholas Frank

A LOST BOY, A BROKEN SYSTEM AND THE SMALL LIGHT OF HOPE By all accounts, Nathan Frank started out as a terrific kid with the brightest of futures ahead of him. With the advent of adolescence, however, Nathan’s world and his relationships begin to unravel. No matter which way he turns, he seems to find conflict. Eventually, with his powerful personality, he becomes his own generator of conflict as he steadily enters a world of Read More …