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In 1989, a teenaged girl with the mental capacity of an 8-year-old was raped in the expensive suburban community of Glen Ridge, New Jersey -- the hometown of Tom Cruise. She was raped with a baseball bat and a broomstick, and the perpetrators appeared to be star players on the high school football team. Lefkowitz explores how this could have happened, how the community responded to this horror, and the travesty of "justice" attempted in court. The book is somewhat impassioned and not entirely well written (Lefkowitz can't seem to get the title of the Beastie Boys' debut album right), but the story is compelling in a ghastly sort of way.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1990's    -   1980's History of disaster/tragedy?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   American--General

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat unsympathetic


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   3 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture Book makes you feel...    -   depressed/sad How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   use of artificial tools    -   rape (yeech!) Minor characters feature lots of:    -   police/investigators    -   lawyer creatures Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   4 ()

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