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All God's Children Inside the Dark and Violent World of America's Street Families

by Rene Denfeld

All God's Children Inside the Dark and Violent World of America's Street Families Synopsis

In May 2003 the body of nineteen-year-old Jessica Kate Williams was found by a railway track in Portland Oregon: beaten, broken and horribly burnt. But the terrible chain of events that led to her death had been put in place almost a decade before. James Daniel Nelson first hit the streets as a teenager in 1992, joining a clutch of runaways and misfits who camped out together in a squat under a Portland bridge. Within a few months the group - they called themselves a 'family' - was arrested for a string of violent murders. While Nelson sat in prison, the society he had helped form grew into a phenomenon. In 2003, almost eleven years after his original murder, Nelson, now called 'Thantos', got out of prison, returned to Portland, created a new street family, and was ready to kill again. In this dark and compelling portrait of one of America's most frightening subcultures, Rene Denfeld draws on material gathered over a decade spent with the 'families', revealing the dark side of an American ideal, and the extremes to which desperate teenagers (the majority of whom hail from loving middle-class homes) will go in their search for a sense of a belonging.

All God's Children Inside the Dark and Violent World of America's Street Families Press Reviews

Rene Denfield is one bold writer * New York Times Book Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099512677
Publication date: 7th June 2007
Author: Rene Denfeld
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: True crime,

About Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is the author of two previous books, including the international bestseller, The New Victorians. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her partner and three children.

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