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.
This report prepared by David Loftus