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Book Title: A Beautiful Child|
The author of the book: Matt Birkbeck
ISBN 13: 9781436282567
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 7.54 MB
Date of issue: August 2nd 2005
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I find true crime books interesting to read once in awhile. The same way that I found my "social deviance" psychology class in college very interesting. To see how the brain can go so horribly wrong as a result of genetic anomaly (or more often as a result of abusive upbringing) is fascinating (while still sad and tragic.) Any way, true crime isn't a category of book that I would buy new or keep for my bookcase, but once and awhile I see one at a 2nd hand store or a thrift store and pick it up. This was one of those. It's the story of the one girl who was kidnapped at about 4 years old and raised by her abductor, who was a sick man (pedophile, murder, psychotic at a minimum.) She lived with him as his daughter until about the age of twenty, then he married her. Then at the age of 23 he killed her. She had a son left behind that went into the social services system. He kidnapped the son and within a month killed him too. The book was about the law enforcement officials multi-year investigation to try to figure out how many offenses this guy had done (including at least one other murder) and trying to figure out who this girl really was. She was kidnapped so young & lived under so many aliases it was about impossible. It was a horrible story, but interesting to read about the evolution of missing child legislation from the 1970s till today. Before the 80s all missing children were assumed to be runaways. Most were never even investigated. Most law enforcement offices had a required waiting period before they would even take down a written report (and they show that the quicker police pursue, the more likely they are found alive.) Anyway, if you find true crime interesting, it was well done.
Read information about the authorMatt Birkbeck is an award-winning investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Reader's Digest, Boston Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of "The Quiet Don," the best-selling book on Mafia boss Russell Bufalino. He also authored
"Deconstructing Sammy," the 2008 page-turner on the life and death of Sammy Davis Jr. which the New York Times called "Sensational," and "A Beautiful Child," the heartwrending account of a brilliant yet mysterious young woman and the man she called her father. Birkbeck also wrote "A Deadly Secret," the true account of Robert Durst, the New York real estate scion accused of three murders, and he also coauthored "Till Death Do Us Part with Dr. Robi Ludwig."
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