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As he sat behind his lawyer at the defendant's table in the courtroom, no one who looked at the sweet-faced boy could believe that he was guilty of what he was on trial for-shooting a man in the back. He was, after all, only eleven years old, if his mother were to be believed. So begins this true tale of juvenile crime, focusing on one incident in 1892: Murder by a young cAs he sat behind his lawyer at the defendant's table in the courtroom, no one who looked at the sweet-faced boy could believe that he was guilty of what he was on trial for-shooting a man in the back. He was, after all, only eleven years old, if his mother were to be believed. So begins this true tale of juvenile crime, focusing on one incident in 1892: Murder by a young child. The murder itself proves to be secondary; the main focus is how this act by an 11-year-old shaped the lives of the people involved. Here again, just as he did in Murder at the Brown Palace, Kreck is able to use his journalistic senses to uncover the story within the story. What seems to be a simple case of one kid gone bad, turns into an investigation of how juvenile crime was handled around the turn of the century, and how the system has come full circle today with punishment taking precedence over rehabilitation....

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ISBN : 9781555915780
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Anton Woode: Boy Murderer Reviews

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2019-03-19 10:35

    Anton Woode kills a hunter for his gold watch at the age of 11. This book examines the differing ideological perspectives that tried to answer the question 'why'...but everyone had a different 'why' that failed to take into account the 'who' of Anton Woode. A cautionary tale that still has lessons to teach us today as we address the problem of juvenile offenders and what should be done to balance punishment and rehabilitation.

  • Lisa Keipp
    2019-03-01 10:20

    Interesting history about young Anton Woode, Colorado's youngest killer. However, there was a lot about the prison sytem and youth reform in the book, that while interesting, often got in the way of title story.

  • Katherine Addison
    2019-03-17 14:47

    This book reminded me immediately of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Kansas Charley. The subject matter is very similar: a boy who commits murder, is tried as an adult, and--in Charley's case--is hanged like an adult. Anton was simply sent to prison for life at the age of eleven.Kansas Charley is a better book, but Anton Woode is quite good. Kreck writes well, is obviously a passionate historian of Colorado, and he addresses the wider questions about children in the justice system thoughtfully, if rather briefly. Anton's story is less dramatic than Charley's: he determinedly self-educated himself in prison, petitioned relentlessly for parole/pardon, leaving thus some eminently Victorian letters, both eloquent and sentimental; he was paroled at the age of 23 (and pardoned a year later), changed his name, got married, became a bookkeeper (also an artist and apparently a quite good violinist), first in New York State, then in Menomonie, Wisconsin, finally ending in Minneapolis, where he died of lung cancer at the age of 68, having lived a spotlessly respectable bourgeois life.I would have liked, I think, a little more digging on Kreck's part about what Anton's case says about juvenile criminals. Anton shot and killed a man because he coveted his pocket watch, which as crimes go is pretty heinous. (Also clearly a crime of impulse, not malice aforethought.) And yet he did reform himself. He did live up to the promises he made to the people who helped him get his parole. And the question of how he did it is a question that is burning a hole in the pocket of America's justice system right now. We need to figure out how rehabilitation happens (for both children and adults) and how to foster it, because the strictly punitive system doesn't work and hasn't worked for more than a century.This book is interesting as a history of the penal system (specifically in Colorado but with broader application), as a case study of a child murderer, and in the background a history of Colorado politics at the end of the 19th century.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-17 16:18

    A true story about an 11 year old boy who gets put in an adult prison for murdering a man. Anton grew up in prison, but used the time to make something of himself. He eventually was released & lived a productive life. The book basically asks the question of what should be done with children who commit such serious crimes.

  • Betsy
    2019-03-11 10:20

    Interesting story about a little-known case, but a little too editorial, and even slightly political for me. Anton's post-prison accomplishments felt paradoxically glorified yet glossed over, as was his later family life. I would have liked to hear more modern analysis of his childhood, and what might have caused what his so-called "emotional insanity". There was plenty of 19th Century speculation, but I would have liked to have had it put in a modern psychoanalytical context. Also, I wanted to see more pictures! Pictures of his family, if they existed, more of his prison artwork, his wife, his home, where his home used to be, etc. - I think it would have helped me get into the story, and possibly feel more sympathetic to little Anton.This was a nice, quick read though- I think it could easily be finished in a day or two. It's worth the read mostly because it's such an odd case, and Anton really makes an intriguing study.

  • Laura
    2019-03-01 12:45

    This is non-fiction. It is the true story of an 11 year old boy growing up in the 1890's in Colorado and how and why he became the youngest person ever to serve time in the Colorado prison system. On a snowy winter's day young Anton is roaming the rolling hills around his home in search of game to shoot. He comes across 3 young men doing much the same thing. One of the young men has a pocket watch that young Anton sees and decides he wants. He asks the young man to give him the watch and when the young man refuses, he shoots him and takes the watch. This story illustrates the problem society has in dealing with juvenile crime. Do you subject them to the adult legal system or do you create a separate legal system to deal with children who commit adult crimes? This story tells you how Colorado dealt with Anton and what became of him. It was a very interesting read. It spoke to my interest in why people do what they do. Mr. Kreck does a great job in giving you the facts surrounding this interesting story.

  • Leah K
    2019-03-15 14:25

    Anton Woode: The Boy Murderer by Dick Kreck★ ★ ½ In 1893, a young boy of 10 years old would murder a man for his watch. In a time before a juvenile system existed in the United States, Colorado handled the situation as they saw fit – he was found guilty and sent into the prison system where he would spend the next 12 years of his life. This book had great potential. From checking out his sources, it seems that the author (an amateur historian) did his research. However, even with that research, I felt that this was a poorly executed book. The writing was not well thought out and skimmed over in many places. Most of the book is just long quotes from sources such as newspapers and memoirs. The story of Anton Woode falls short and as do the story of other major people. He delves shortly into the change of the juvenile system later on and his feelings on where it's heading now. The subject matter is interesting enough, but the author just makes this book boring and flat.

  • Michelle Brandstetter
    2019-02-28 12:25

    Dick Kreck and his team of research experts from the Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy and the Colorado History Museum have provided an excellent look into the young life of Anton Woode, 11 year old murderer from Colorado. Not only does he take the reader through the capture, court appearances, and conviction of Anton Woode, but he brings to life the history of the time, sweeping social changes and the fight for prison reform (including a juvenile justice system). In his information gathering he is also able to draw parallels between Anton's time and our own, the numerous variables involving juvenile offenders, and begs us to, once again, look closely at punishment versus rehabilitation.

  • Sheilamarie
    2019-03-07 14:30

    It was an interesting read.I couldn't grasp the fact that he did shoot a guy, but, was he mentally challenged, didn't know right from wrong, or just dumb? He admits to shooting the guy for (I think a pocket watch?) and has no remorse, which begs the question Was he mentally challenged? Could he have been Autistic?He didn't seem like a bad kid, he didn't lie when questioned, he didn't lie in court, and it seemed you got the feeling he just didn't understand what happened.When he was released from the "system" he led a pretty quiet, normal life.I don't know, and the book didn't answer that.

  • Kristen Doherty
    2019-03-16 09:37

    not that interesting but I did learned about juvenile courts in the eary 1900