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Description - All God's Children by Rene Denfeld

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. Street families spread to every city in America from New York to San Francisco, and to many small towns in between, bringing violence with them. 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 sub-cultures, Rene Denfeld draws on material gathered over a decade spent with the 'families', revealing the extremes to which desperate teenagers (the majority of whom hail from l

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099512677
ISBN-10: 009951267X
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 130mm x 20mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is a nonfiction writer and journalist living in Portland, Oregon. She has written several books and contributes frequently to The New York Times magazine and the Philadelphia Enquirer.

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