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Book Title: Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore|
The author of the book: Stephen Janis
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781463534806
The size of the: 765 KB
Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: June 23rd 2011
Read full description of the books Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore:Former Baltimore City homicide detective Kelvin Sewell has seen it all. Gang members burned alive; a baby unceremoniously stuffed into the ground by its own mother; a sex offender who killed a child in a delusional jealous rage. The constant grind of bearing witness to violent death has given Sewell an unprecedented perspective into the minds of killers. He sat in the Baltimore Police Department's interview room with 14-year-old Devon Richardson as the teen tried to explain why he shot a woman he didn't know in the back of the head. He watched the father of 17-year-old Nicole Edmonds cry over the corpse of his dead daughter, murdered for a cellphone. But now for the first time Sewell has decided to share the insights and the pain, the dehumanizing effects of crime and waves of psychic despair and social dysfunction in his groundbreaking book, Why Do We Kill? "I think people deserve to know the truth," said Sewell, a 20-year veteran of Baltimore City's police department. "They need to get a sense of why people kill in Baltimore. "I want people to see what we see as detectives," he explained. "I think there are misconceptions about crime in Baltimore, and I hope this book will clear them up." The book recounts some of the most notorious homicide cases in Baltimore in the past decade, all told from the perspective of the cop who worked them. Joining forces with Sewell is award-winning investigative reporter Stephen Janis, who covered City Hall for the now-defunct Baltimore Examiner and is founder of the award-winning news website Investigative Voice. "What makes this book different is the collaborative voice," said Janis. "Kelvin would discuss his thoughts on the cases and I then tried to tell the story by adding the context that comes naturally with being a reporter." Janis's colleague at Investigative Voice, reporter and political scientist Alan Z. Forman, served as editor for the project. Janis is no stranger to the Baltimore crime scene, winning a string of prestigious awards for his crime reporting, including two consecutive Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association awards in Category A for his series on the murders of sex workers and his investigation into the high number of unsolved killings in Baltimore.
Read information about the authorStephen Janis is an award-winning investigative reporter and the founder of Investigative Voice, an online investigative journalism web site.
As a staff writer for the Baltimore Examiner (and one of only a handful who worked at the paper for its entire existence) he won a Maryland- Delaware-DC Press Association award in 2008 for investigative reporting on the high rate of unsolved murders in Baltimore. In 2009 he won a MDDC Press Association award for best series for his articles on the murders of prostitutes.
He has written two books.
This Dream Called Death, a novel which explores the cultural after shocks of mass incarceration by positing a world where people are imprisoned for the content of their dreams, and Orange, the Diary of an Urban Surrealist, which follows the descent of drug dealer pushing a substance that gives white people soul.
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