[All God’s Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence]
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The book "All My Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence", by Fox Butterfield focused on a real case about a young man named Willie Bosket who committed murder. This case is famous for many reasons, and the inmate who still resides in a New York prison has gained a reputation for being one of the most dangerous prisoners in the state of New York. Butterfield wanted to go into depth as to why Willie Bosket committed murder at the age of 15 and what caused him to be such a violent character. He also wanted to show his readers that violence is not just derived from past family incidents but from the community they come from. Not Willie, but his forefather did, however. Which Butterfield points out is in the south part of America, which happens to be one of the most violent parts of America. Willie Bosket comes from a family that is known for murder , yet are very intelligent. Both Boskets’ father and grandfather were imprisoned at one point in their lifetime; however Willie Bosket still resides in prison with three life sentences and will never again walk the earth as a free man. Butterfield spent more than 300 hours talking to the inmate and was fascinated with what a character he was and how he was actually interested in knowing what made him be so violent. Butterfield goes into depth how violence takes charge of the inmates’ life. One thing you see in this book is how children will try to emulate their parents whether it is good or bad. Usually most boys want to be just like their fathers, so the fact that Willie’s mother would always exclaim, “Willie, when you grow up, you’re going to be bad. You’re going to be real bad,...
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