Such Good Boys is the true crime story of a 20 year old college student who endured verbal and psychological abuse by his emotionally disturbed mother. On the night of January 14, 2003, this same college student,with the help of his younger brother who also suffered abuse but to a lesser extent,strangled this mother. To avoid authorities being able to identify her body, he chopped off her head and hands.
This book will make you believe in the saying “you reap what you sow” and as a mother this book has put some more doubts and worries into my mind as to whether I am raising my children properly.This is what I love about true crime books.Because the stories are real life stories,true crime books provide an insight into what can go wrong,what you can do to avoid certain situations and much much more.True crime authors have to be especially gifted at writing these books as the climax of a true crime story has already happened.You know before you start reading who murdered who.These true crime authors do not have the advantage of keeping their readers enthralled with the prospect of finding out what happens in the end.So they have to be really talented to keep you reading and in my opinion most of them are.But not just anyone can become a true crime writer.
Tina Dirmann tells this story exactly like it is.There are no added frills. It is straight forward and factual and I personally love this style of writing. This books starts with a very brief chapter on how the body is discovered and then goes back in time to detail the events in the two boys’ lives until they eventually murder their mother.
I do not believe in physical punishment of children so it follows then that I absolutely hate any form of abuse against children so I was unable to muster any sympathy for the murder victim.
I do believe that more should have been done by neighbors and friends. A little bit of interference could have gone a long way to changing the outcome of this story. Many people are reluctant to report abuse as they feel they are involving themselves in matters that are internal and private to another family. As a mother I would like my neighbors to report any abuse they might see in my home. What if I have a mental disease and cannot see what I am doing wrong? As a mother I would want my childrens’ needs to come first and for them to be protected. The murder victim was definitely suffering from some kind of mental breakdown and in that state of mind was incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong. The people close to the family should have done something.
To sum up the book, it is well written and any mother will feel an emotional tug at her heart when reading this book. You will be faced once more by the enormous responsibilities laid at our door once we become a parent and hopefully in most cases we can congratulate ourselves on maybe not a perfect job in raising our children but in the fact that we are doing our very best and hopefully that this very best is good enough for our kids.
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