The Case of Mary Bell: A Portrait of a Child who Murdered

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Pimlico, 1995 - Child murderers - 333 pages
In 1968, 11-year-old Mary Bell was found guilty of the manslaughter of two young boys. This study asks why one child would murder another, and provides the background to the Bell case. The author also gives her account of the case of James Bulger, now that the debate has tragically re-opened.

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About the author (1995)

Gitta Sereny is of Hungarian-Austrian extraction and is trilingual in English, French and German. During the Second World War she became a social worker, caring for war-damaged children in France. She gave hundreds of lectures in schools and colleges in America and, when the war ended, she wored as a Child Welfare Officer in UNRRA displaced persons' camps in Germany. In 1949 she married the American Vogue photographer Don Honeyman and settled in London, where they brought up a son and a daughter and where she began her career as a journalist.

Her journalistic work is of great variety but has focussed particularly on the Third Reich and troubled children. She has written mainly for the Daily Telegraph Magazine, the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday Review. She has also contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines around the world.

Her other books are The Medallion, a novel; The Invisible Children, on child prostitution; Into That darkness, on Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp, and a biographical examination of Albert Speer.

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