Weirdo. Mosher. Freak: (If Only They'd Stopped at Name Calling) (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2010
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To say that I enjoyed this book would seem a little inappropriate, considering its subject matter. However, I found it extremely enlightening, as I do not recall ever hearing about this case when it occurred 5 years ago. Reading about how news of it and the resulting foundation spread worldwide made me pause and try to remember back to that time, and I think I remember seeing the "S.O.P.H.I.E." logo before, here in Virginia, USA. That just goes to show how much this meant, and still means, to so many people around the world.
I found this book to be very tactful in its approach to the case, from start to finish, as well as the coverage of the fundraising events for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Sylvia Lancaster's work to change the laws regarding the definition of hate crimes. Having just received a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology, and as someone who has worked with people who have committed Domestic Violence, the sections describing the defendants' actions during the assault, interviews, court appearances (as well as their parents') was extremely unsettling, but very helpful in understanding just how they could be so abusive.
I would recommend this book to anyone who works with youths, especially those considered "troubled," as they could see and share what could happen if they continue down the road they're on. However, those who might benefit most are those who can relate to the title, having been called a "weirdo" or a "freak" by their peers. They need to know that there are people all over the world just like them, and that there is no reason to take the abuse, whether verbal or physical. As Sylvia Lancaster was quoted in the book, "prejudice and intolerance is the new racism," and it can't get any better until those who promote it are held accountable.
"Hate is easy--love takes courage."
The author tells the story of how Sophie Lancaster, 19, and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, 21, were walking through a park when they were brutally beaten and killed by a gang of five teenagers in 2007. Police speculated the cause or provocation of the attack was because Sophie and Robert 'looked' gothic. How pathetic is that?
The author writes a brilliant recap of the events leading up to and after the attack including the trial. I admire the fact that this author, is graciously donating a very large percentage of royalties from this book, to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
I wasn't aware of this book or story until I stumbled across it while browsing. It's an amazing story and well written. As author of seven true crime books, I too donate, but to Victims of Violent Crimes. It's a good feeling to give back in kindness for those who suffered.
If you're expecting to read a book written in true crime fashion, this isn't it. There isn't a full account of the trial, just exerpts.
Aside from some minor typo's, the formatting is good. I would consider this a good factual account of a very terrible and senseless crime.
The last approx. 20% was kind of dry & was mostly a detailed account of the fundraisers on behalf of the organization mom created.
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