All Gods Children: Psychosocial

Topics: Family, Life imprisonment, Crime Pages: 12 (3422 words) Published: April 28, 2014


Social History of
Willie J. Bosket

Table of Contents
Executive Summary……………………………………………………………………….........................pg.3 Family Background…………………………………………………………………………….pg.5 Early Childhood………………………………………………………………………………..pg.7 Being Bad: Teenage Years……………………………………………………………………..pg.9 Willie’s Trial………………………………………………………………………………….pg.10 Willie’s Legacy……………………………………………………………………………….pg.12 References………………………………………………………………………………….....pg.13

Executive Summary
Willie Bosket is a 51 year old man who has been incarcerated since 1978. He is currently serving a sentence of 82 years to life at Woodbourne Correctional Facility. The following report summarizes Willie’s life from birth to the present. It is based on the literature from All Gods’ Children and other sources such as journals, letters, articles, and interviews from 1995 until today.

Willie was born in Harlem, New York. Shortly after he was conceived Willie’s father Willie Sr. (Butch), stabbed and killed two people in a Milwaukee pawn shop. Willie’s mother Laura gave birth to Willie three months before Butch was sentenced to life in prison. Willie did not learn of his father’s whereabouts until he was seven years old. He was delighted by the news. Just like his father, throughout Willie’s life he was subject to neglect and abuse that is linked to his criminal background and defiant behavior. Willie also suffered from neglect and abuse from his mother Laura that became predictors of his heinous violent behavior. Many times Laura would not want to recover him from the police when he was in trouble because she had given up on his uncontrollable behavior. The behavior which was partially caused by the abuse he was receiving in the home. Laura would slap him with around with her hand and whip him vigorously with a belt. These beatings reinforced Willie’s belief that the way to settle things was by getting physical.

In effort try to reform Willie he was sentenced to a residential treatment center, the Wiltwyck School for Boys. This school was focused not on disciplinary sanctions however, rehabilitation. The school did not have gates or cells, and did not utilize physical punishment. Instead, treated the boys with emotional problems by placing them in classes and allowed them access to therapist and social workers who could help them. All though he did not completely reform in this program the professionals at Wiltwyck were able to start treating some emotional issues that were stemming from his poor family life and experiences that caused him to act out.

He had been in and out of court on various charges since he was nine. He was faced with an attempted robbery charge and he knew that couple had started the proceedings to adopt him. During this time the court was still trying to process the adoption papers, Willie were out roaming the streets getting into trouble. One evening, he found three hundred eighty dollars in the wallet of a sleeping passenger on the subway he used it to buy a gun from Charles the man living with his mother who told him that carrying a gun would get him respect on the streets. Charles sold him a .22 for sixty-five dollars and Willie bought a holster and strapped the gun to his leg. When Willie wore the gun he felt powerful. On Sunday, March 19, 1978, 15 year old Willie was riding the subways looking for someone to rob. At 5:30pm that Sunday afternoon, Willie was alone on the subway with a middle-aged man who was sleeping. Willie kicked the man to wake him up, and did not get a response so he proceeded to take the man’s watch off his wrist. The passenger woke up and opened his eyes, and Willie took his gun and shot the man in his right eye of his sunglasses, piercing his brain. The passenger threw his hands up and screamed. Willie panicked and shot the man again in the head killing him. Willie took the man’s watch and found...
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