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The Wilderness of Ruin A Tale of Madness Fire and the Hunt for America s Youngest Serial Killer Supremely creepy As thrilling as it is disturbing Boston GlobeIn young children were disappearing from Boston s working class neighborhoods The few who returned told desperate tales of being tak

  • Title: The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer
  • Author: Roseanne Montillo
  • ISBN: 9780062273475
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer By Roseanne Montillo, Supremely creepy As thrilling as it is disturbing Boston GlobeIn 1871, young children were disappearing from Boston s working class neighborhoods The few who returned told desperate tales of being taken to the woods and tortured by a boy not much older than themselves The police were skeptical these children were from poor families, so their testimony was easi Supremely creepy As thrilling as it is disturbing Boston GlobeIn 1871, young children were disappearing from Boston s working class neighborhoods The few who returned told desperate tales of being taken to the woods and tortured by a boy not much older than themselves The police were skeptical these children were from poor families, so their testimony was easily discounted And after the Great Boston Fire of 1872 reduced much of downtown to rubble, the city had pressing concerns Finally, when the police apprehended Jesse Pomeroy for the crimes, he, like any twelve year old, was sent off to reform school Little thought was given to the danger he might pose to society, despite victims chilling reports of this affectless Boy Torturer.Sixteen months later, Jesse was released in the care of his mother, and within months a ten year old girl and a four year old boy went missing, their mutilated bodies later discovered by police This set off a frantic hunt for Pomeroy, who was now proclaimed America s youngest serial killer When he was captured and brought to trial, his case transfixed the nation, and two public figures Herman Melville and Oliver Wendell Holmes each probed the depths of Pomeroy s character in a search for the meaning behind his madness.Roseanne Montillo takes us inside those harrowing years, as a city reeling from great disaster reckoned with the moral quandaries posed by Pomeroy s spree.

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    1. This is truly up there with the worst of the crime fiction Off the top of my head I can only think of one book that I d consider worse than this.This book has very little to do with the actual serial killer himself and to do with random tangents the author seems to find herself writing There are large sections of the book that just dive into utter randomness and these can go on and on and on Then, when the author decides, hey this is a book on a serial killer Perhaps we should rejoin him she do [...]

    2. He pointed out that a strong lack of conscience is one of the hallmarks for these individuals Their game is self gratification at the other person s experience, Hare said Psychopathic killers, however, are not mad, according to accepted legal and psychiatric standards The acts result not from a deranged mind but from a cold, calculating rationality combined with a chilly inability to treat others as thinking, feeling humans the author quoting Robert Hare, author of a book on Psychopathy Call me [...]

    3. I had high hopes for this one, but I have to follow so many others with my review NOT GOOD This really was about Boston s shady history, than about the youngest serial killer in the US I was interested in his story, which we did get a little bit of, but not enough to warrant a whole book I was bummed, as I enjoy books about serial killers I know, I m not right in the head

    4. In The Wilderness of Ruin A Tale of Madness Boston s Great Fire and the Hunt for America s Youngest Serial Killer, Roseanne Montillo strives to make connections between a catastrophic fire, a fourteen year old psychopath, and the tendency toward madness in Herman Melville s family Unfortunately, the fire and Melville s hereditary mental weaknesses really have no connection with the sadistic actions of Jesse Pomeroy, and detract from what could otherwise be an interesting read.Further, by referri [...]

    5. In the latter part of the 19th century, the Boston area was plagued with attacks on young children The assaults became worse and eventually ended with murders Sadly, everyone knew who the culprit was, and this book examines how and why this all took place There s a lot happening in this book, so let s look at each subject Serial Killer, Fire, Insanity.Jesse Pomeroy was a big boy for his age, but that didn t stop others from making fun of him and his white cataract eye Locals knew him as a tortur [...]

    6. Like Montillo s first book, The Lady and Her Monster , this book is not just simply about one thing It is a history of a young criminal though two murders does not a serial killer make, named Jesse Pomeroy Placing the reader in the late 1800s from approximately 1870 onwards, this is a social history of that time in Boston Many topics are covered and even entire chapters are devoted to Oliver Wendall Holmes, Herman Melville, the history of mental illness to this point in time, the great Boston fi [...]

    7. Read an advance copy of this book I came away feeling that there was much still to be known about Jesse Pomeroy This may not be the fault of the author given the fact that he died over 80 years ago and that he seemed unwilling to divulge much whenever interviewed Despite the subtitle of the book A Tale of Madness, Boston s Great Fire, and the Hunt for America s Youngest Serial Killer in my opinion the fire had little to do with the story and the hunt an exaggeration ,as is the use of the term se [...]

    8. The book was interesting but fragmented I thought it was going to be about Jesse Pomeroy, the child serial killer, but the author strayed from that storyline with whole sections going into great detail about the great Boston Fire of 1872, author Herman Melville, and then Oliver Wendell Holmes I really don t understand how all of these subjects were supposed to coincide All of the subjects were interesting even though I still don t get the connection.

    9. Wilderness of Ruin by Roseanne Montillo I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair, honest review, all opinions expressed are my own Boston in the late nineteenth century, the streets are haunted by the shadow of the red devil a malevolent entity that preys on local boys, leaving them beaten and bruised As children are found a similar chilling detail in their memories surfaces their torturer and abductor is not a devil but a boy barely older then themselves [...]

    10. I felt like this book had an identity crisis There were three distinct stories throughout the book a the boy killer, Jesse Pomeroy b the Great Fire of Boston in 1872 and c the author Herman Melville All well and good topics, however, put together in this book, they really didn t have anything to do with one another Sure, they all existed at the same time, but that is not a good enough connection to place them all together in a book I felt like I was reading three separate books that just happene [...]

    11. THE WILDERNESS OF RUIN 2015 Roseanne MontilloThe run on title description for this book was A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America s Youngest Serial Killer That helps us know what to look out for, doesn t it It should, but don t be fooled into complacency Although the book starts out with the story of Jesse Harding Pomeroy, a 12 year old resident of Boston, it soon drifts off to some other topic Pomeroy, after a brief survey of his family and general life description, is soon identifi [...]

    12. The book is written well at the sentence level, and it s interesting enough You can also clearly tell the author has read and digested every book Erik Larson wrote The issue with the book is not necessarily that it can t figure out what it is or what story it s trying to tell rather, the issue is how this book has been pitched The cover suggests the story is about a hunt for a serial killer First, killing two people does not a serial killer make Further, there s not much of a hunt The story is r [...]

    13. Prior to reading this book, I had not heard the name Jesse Harding Pomeroy I am fascinated by serial killer stories Looking for a book to read and having this one on my shelf for a while, I decided to pick it up I want to say that Jesse was evil but it was then this In fact, it was like the killings were of an experiment to him He was very analytical and intelligent Even at a young age, he spoke as an mature adult The way that he did not show emotion when questioned about the killings was scar [...]

    14. Whoops, forgot to post this one after I finished Sorry, BEP090 class Anyway, I really liked this one The development of Boston as a city is kind of a character in this book, so, boo, Red Sox, but the growth of cities is interesting to me ANYWAY Jesse Pomeroy, for some reason, when he is about 12, begins kidnapping, torturing by beating, and, later, killing, younger children Eventually spoiler alert, but not much of one he is caught and imprisoned When released, and still pretty much a boy, he go [...]

    15. I received an ARC from a couple weeks ago This book had so much potential and really fell flat for me There was a lack of direction that I felt rather keenly throughout the book It seemed as though the author was torn amongst many subjects the young serial killer Pomeroy, the Great Boston Fire of 1872, Herman Melville, and, most distracting of all, the detailed history of every part of Boston any of these people walked by, strolled through, or thought about And however these subjects were percei [...]

    16. Yes Good writing but too dry.More a history book than true crime.I started to read this April 9 and read the first half of the book then picked another book to read.Started reading again To be honest I had already hard about Jesse Pomeroy The youngest serial killer so because he was so infamous I was waiting for when he was let free.Chapters full of other people and in the end he bloody died in prison He was scary maybe for that time but now we have so many people like him it was a bit bluh.

    17. All I can say about this is that it was a quick read Not very much on Jesse Pomeroy or his victims, but plenty of tangents that lost the main thread of the book, including Herman Melville and Moby Dick It barely eeks out a three star rating and I m being very generous with that Not recommended

    18. While the tale of young serial killer Jesse Pomeroy in 1870 s Boston is unusual, the book feels padded And why is a painting by C.W Peale from the 18th century shown with a caption that would lead the reader to believe that is a picture of Pomeroy s victim, Katie Curran

    19. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.I adore true crime books I adore things about serial killers, who are obviously terrible but are also fascinating I ve watched Criminal Minds through like six times So when The Wilderness of Ruin popped up in the libraray s true crime category, I was intrigued Why Because, according to the cover, this book is supposed to be A tale of madness, Boston s greatest fire, and the hunt for America s youngest serial killer In reality, it is none [...]

    20. Writing about a specific event in history, especially one that s not well known, authors will sometimes use the device of interweaving well known events and people from the time period When done well, this supports the main story and rounds out the book When done poorly, it just comes across as a series of random and thinly connected items While the story of Jesse Pomeroy is a particularly vile case of a young psychopath and the youngest person convicted incarcerated, the delivery method actual [...]

    21. While I really enjoyed listening to each of the topics addressed in the book, it ultimately felt like it was clunky and cobbled together The author went back and forth among the topics and it was jarring at times Still, it was interesting enough that I d recommend it to fans of true crime just don t expect the entire book to be about the true crime aspect.

    22. A very good book with a misleading subtitle.Because I love books set in Boston, and because I love Herman Melville, this book was a treat It is obvious that the author did a tremendous amount of research and I was pleased with the range of information that she covered That being said, I was a little dumbfounded by the number of mediocre reviews for the book The problem, as I see it, is that the subtitle sets up the expectation that this is a true crime novel about a particular case a case that d [...]

    23. The book purports to cover the youngest serial killer in American history first, I doubt whether the slaying of two people constitutes the work of a serial killer second, the author felt the need to provide the reader with a mini history of Boston and the literary works of authors and writers such as Hawthorne, Melville and Oliver Holmes all of which, with a couple of exceptions, distracts the reader from the alleged focus of the book, Jesse Pomeroy There are a few tidbits about how psychologist [...]

    24. Source Free hardcover copy from William Morrow in exchange for a review.Summary Several young boys in Boston were sorely abused in 1871 These crimes happened shortly before the Great Boston Fire of 1872 Jesse Harding Pomeroy is arrested for the abuse of the boys and is sent to a reform school After several months he is released In South Boston, two children are gruesomely murdered The police believe Pomeroy is the slayer.My Thoughts Before reading The Wilderness of Ruin, I d not heard of this tr [...]

    25. I was pleased and surprised when I found this book at my local library In searching for subjects to cover on my Boston local history bloggoodoldboston I came upon an article on Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Fiend I never did use the topic, but I was happy to see that someone had written a book on the subject This book does cover the topic, but as a book it fails This is the second time recently that I ve seen the same problem with a book written on a historical topic there s just not enough information [...]

    26. One of the things I like about true crime narratives is all the detail you learn about the time and place of the crime The best true crime books play up this factor well think _Devil In The White City_ and _Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil This book TRIES to do that Sadly, it starts to feel like the addled tangents an older lady goes into when she s telling you about her day This book is supposedly about Jesse Pomeroy, the youngest serial killer in Massachusetts But there are inexplicabl [...]

    27. Received from a drawing I d read some of the Goodreader comments and was not expecting much from this book, but actually I liked it Yes, the author gives you a history of Boston in the 1880 s in addition to the story of the teenaged serial killer It seemed at first like there was no connection but it did show what happened during the time of the killer s incarceration I realize that that last sentence may be a spoiler but there was no other way to explain it At my former career I was a juvenile [...]

    28. The Wilderness of RuinBy Roseanne Montillo Pages 320Publisher William Morrow Company March 17, 2015Copy Courtesy of First ReadsReviewed by tkAn absolute must for lovers of history in the 19th century Although this was not my genre of favorites I will admit an amazing unforgettable read An author that truly knows how to paint a picture so brilliant in your minds eye, you will not soon forget how graphic and devastating the Great Fire of Boston was on the citizens The cruel demented mind of one of [...]

    29. While an interesting look at America s first known child serial killer and the day to day life of Boston at the time, the author has a tendency to digress into topics that are interesting but aren t actually relevant to the topic at hand for example, she starts with a discussion of Oliver Wendell Holmes who had an interest in what the justice system should do with criminals this young, so is relevant but then wandered off into a discussion of Herman Melville, his biography, his health and psycho [...]

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