Today's review is on The Killing Jar by Gloria Nixon-John & Robert "Skip" Noelker
The Killing Jar is a poignant retelling of the life of Todd Ice, once the youngest person on death row in the United States.
with an overbearing and controlling mother who not only pushed him to
be perfect in everything he did, she also criticized and ridiculed him
while his father passively sat by and let it happen. After years of this
abuse, Ice; who is Ted Lynch in the book, suffers from a psychotic
In 1978, Lynch (Ice) is tried for the brutal beating and
murder of a 7 year-old neighbor and the beating/attempted murder of her
mother. Even with the compelling evidence provided by Psychologists, in
which Lynch's (Ice) diagnoses of Schizophrenia is presented, he is
found guilty and sentenced to death.
Later in 1983, the US
Supreme Court reversed his conviction and death sentence, and in 1986 he
is retried. His new lawyers present new evidence that Lynch (Ice) was
psychotic at the time of the crimes. They were able to prove that
there was mental illness/insanity on both sides of his family, and in
view of this, the jury convicted him of the lesser offense of
manslaughter during extreme emotional disturbance.
new ruling was a "win" for Lynch (Ice) and his lawyers, he still did not
receive the necessary psychological treatment he so desperately needed.
Shunned by his family and hated by many in his community, Lynch (Ice)
continued to spin further down, even turning on those who had helped
You WILL NOT be able to put this book down AT ALL! And
hopefully it will make you stop and think about the long road our
society still has to go when it comes to mental illness and the
treatment of those suffering from them.
I found myself struggling with my own emotions while reading The Killing Jar. I often found myself going from anger, to sadness, to pride in my profession, to despair in the lack of treatment that this young boy growing up in prison did not receive. This is one book that will have lasting effects on any reader, and by far should have the highest rating on anyone's scale.
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Annette M G Nishimoto, P.C.