Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer by Phil Chalmers

By Phil Chalmers

Peer into the minds of minor killers like Pearl, Mississippi college shooterLuke Woodham with researcher Phil Chalmers as your advisor to appreciate the causes in the back of, and doubtless prevent, their scary violence.

Luke Woodham, a pudgy 16–year–old, awakened in the future, slit his mother's throat, after which drove to varsity, the place he shot nine humans, together with his female friend. Why? In Inside the brain of a youngster Killer, Chalmers, who has been interviewing youngster murderers and serial killers for over a decade, recounts Woodham's gripping and frightening tale, plumbing his explanations, and peering into the killer's brain. Chalmers additionally weaves into the narrative his reasearch approximately youngster tradition, together with comparisons with different teenager killers, to research the anxious ascent of teenybopper violence and supply ways in which we, as members, leaders, and groups, might help defuse this alarming trend.

Inside the brain of an adolescent Killer isa fruits of Phil Chalmers' fifteen–year study...

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They let me smoke pot with them and drink as well. But I wanted to do what seemed to excite them even more. I wanted to steal things from people and stores . . ” Sam was frequently in and out of juvenile detention centers from a very young age because of the robberies, burglaries, and acts of vandalism he had pulled off. Perhaps the crime is best expressed in his own words: The night that the murder took place, we were all at a party—Jammi, Phil, and myself. It was about three in the morning when we ran out of beer, so Phil and I decided to go steal from a convenience store.

There were no excuses or reasons to prevent Luke from committing murder. The shootings would happen, and that was final. Grant’s persuasiveness finally overrode Luke’s fear. The following day, October 1, Luke grabbed a butcher knife and, after a few practice stabs on his bed, walked into his mother’s bedroom. Overwhelmed by confusion and frozen by fear, he stood paralyzed. He began numbly repeating a mental mantra that he was good for nothing and would always be good for nothing. When his mother opened her eyes, Luke began stabbing her to death.

I told him I was going to make Katie watch me blow my brains out. At this, he stood up and said I was going to have to make a choice, kill him or he was leaving . . he wasn’t going to let Katie come home. As he turned around and walked to the front door, I shot him . . I killed the person who was probably the most active in trying to help me, and took away the father and husband of people who loved me . . I sat in their house with Richard dead and waited again for Katie to come home. Katie came home and was shocked and scared.

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