All God's Children #2020

All God's Children Rene Denfeld All God s Children James Daniel Nelson first hit the streets as a teenager in He joined a clutch of runaways and misfits who camped out together in a squat under a Portland bridge Within a few months the group they

  • Title: All God's Children
  • Author: Rene Denfeld
  • ISBN: 9781586483098
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All God's Children Rene Denfeld James Daniel Nelson first hit the streets as a teenager in 1992 He joined 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 national phenomenon StreeJames Daniel Nelson first hit the streets as a teenager in 1992 He joined 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 national phenomenon Street families spread to every city 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 killed once Twelve family members were arrested along with him.Rene Denfeld spent over a decade following the evolution of street family culture She discovered that, contrary to popular belief, the majority of these teenagers hail from loving middle class homes Yet they have left those homes to form insular communities with cultish hierarchies, codes of behavior, languages, quasireligions, and harsh rules She reveals the extremes to which desperate teenagers will go in their search for a sense of community, and builds a persuasive and troubling case that street families have grown among us into a dark reversal of the American ideal.
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    1. What I was struck by in All God s Children, was the revelatory documentation by Denfeld on a new trend in alienated youth to the degree with which they deliberately dissociate and choose homelessness I can somewhat relate to this from my own early teen homelessnessexperiences and I can certainly understand what could cause such a type of alienation But back then when I was a homeless youth, even though there were not nearly as many resources available, as there was in the 1990 s, I remember feel [...]

    2. OK as sort of expected this book was pretty offensive and totally frustrating so much so I think I read the whole thing in less than 72 hours I m not sure where to start do I start by saying the author thinks most homeless youth are prone to meth use and killing Do I start by telling you she thinks places that give out free meals make it easy to be homeless Do I start by telling you that even though I myself don t know very much about being homeless in downtown Portland that I know enough about [...]

    3. If i could give this book less than 1 star I would It was written by someone who clearly has zero understanding of homeless youth, and is oddly obsessed with creating this portrayal of homeless youth that seems like a bad occult movie after school special The author also repeatedly and oddly villainized service providers for following best practices using youth s names, not releasing records or information to police or abusive parents and glorifying the parents these youth many of whom were lega [...]

    4. In 2003, Jessica Kate Williams was murdered in one of the most horrific ways imaginable James Daniel Nelson was ultimately responsible for this and another murder in 1992 But he didn t hold the weapons that killed Jessica he had his family do it for him How did he have such control over a dozen other street kids ALL GOD S CHILDREN Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families, written by Rene Denfeld, explains how James, or Thantos as he liked to be called, was the father of a street fami [...]

    5. This look at the culture of street kid families focuses on the brutality of a few and ignores the vast majority of homeless youth that never commit murder The writer insists that the youth agencies that provide food, shelter, and programs for these kids enable them to continue to live on the streets and playact when they could go home to loving middleclass families She fails to address the many complicated causes of teen homelessness abuse, addiction, poverty, education, mental illness, sexualit [...]

    6. I don t like the way this writer handled the material concerning this true story Sensationalist is the best I can say about her attitude, and my friend called it propaganda which is much accurate all around Her treatment of street culture is inaccurate and exaggerated Pulp non fiction unrecyclable trash basically.

    7. The I think about this book, the irritated I am by it I do believe that Denfeld has brought attention to a legitimate problem, that of street families that is, small ganglike groups of young street people, often lead by charismatic individuals that contribute to crime and commit acts of violence Denfeld focuses strongly on several vicious murders perpetrated by a man named James Daniel Nelson with the assistance of other street kids most of the kids mentioned were in their late teens or twenti [...]

    8. While reading I tried Googling the murdered as well as the murderers, I only found a few stories, so the one good thing I have to say is that the dead get some measure of justice by having their horrific, sadistic deaths given some attention.This is a DNF for me I do not get queasy easily, I am into real life crime stories, but this just felt disgustingly voyeuristic just so the author could make a buck I kept waiting for some insight into actual reasons, not speculations that seemed hackneyed a [...]

    9. This is a meticulous outsiders account of the modern phenomena of a certain sub sub sub culture as it flourished for a time bracketed by murders planned by a certain young man who, during that time, acted as street father to a group of kids who had congregated under his leadership.RD gives the backstory to the backstory, and she almost gets it My main resistance was to the overly explicit violent descriptions RD really does deliver than this reader needed to know Yet it was devastating how simi [...]

    10. There is a body of a young girl found on the train tracks in Oregon She has been beaten and burned beyond recognition It is found out that her name is Jessica and that she had been involved with a family living on the streets.The street families have their own laws and if you do not abide by them, you pay the price.This book was very well researched and you are quickly pulled into the street life and the different families that reside in Oregon What is the hardest to realize is the violence of m [...]

    11. I thought this book was very interesting, especially since it was a story that happened in Portland, Oregon It had a lot of information that I didn t know about and while I knew that not all children who are on the streets are from abusive families or are thrown out of their homes, I didn t realize how many were choosing to live on the streets because to them it was fun and exciting and they are easily able to do so because of all the services offered to them by the teen shelters It s a scary si [...]

    12. Heartbreaking and terrifying The only non fiction book I ve ever read that turned pages like fiction The people described in this book were brought out one by one and wrapped together intricately throughout, leading to one final event Even though you knew how the book was going to end, somehow you cared enough for each and every person that you wished along the way the book would re write itself to a different conclusion A must read for anyone who lives in Portland, Oregon It will change how you [...]

    13. All God s Children tells a very interesting story about the environment, background and circumstances of a group of people that culminated in an atrocious murder Rene Denfeld tells the story well and supports the story by including the stories and opinions of police and shelter workers that were in some way involved or connected It was as good of a read as it was unsettling.That said, All God s Children should not be taken as indicative of the entire homeless experience The murder and behavior t [...]

    14. I basically inhaled this book in two days While it s a journalistic exploration of street families which are primarily composed of kids who CHOOSE to live on the street rather than the legitamately homeless who actually have nowhere to go this reads a bit like a novel at points, pulling the reader into the dark, violent world of these kids , many of whom are over 18 Ironic that these teens run from the structure of home and family just to place themselves in a world with rules, violent consequ [...]

    15. I must admit I inhaled this book in a couple of days, and definitely NOT because it s a feel good story This is an account of one street family that murdered a young woman hanging out in downtown Portland It has been interesting to read the reviews and to see how defensive folks get about how this author challenges the romanticized view of homeless youth I work a bit with this population and I definitely see the issue as complex Of course all homeless kids are not living in a murderous cult Howe [...]

    16. I am a teacher, I ve worked in alternative school settings that had street kids , I have a close relative that is a crustie a street kid subculture and lastly I got this book because I know one of the main kids involved in this horrible true story.Rene Denfeld does a great job in exposing the many problems when it comes to the street kid issue She also does this through the telling of a horrible crime that she has done a good job investigating.Should you read this book yesBut then please ask you [...]

    17. This is an extremely unnerving book I read it when I lived briefly in Portland and worked in an office very close to the scene of the murder at the center of the story Portland, like San Francisco and other cities in the Northwest, has a large population of street people They are not to be confused with homeless people who wander the streets of Eastern cities many of these Northwest street people are kids and young adults who are drawn to the thrill of living by their wits Denfeld skillfully rec [...]

    18. A very dark portrayal of Portland s street youth scene I have lived in Portland for most of the time covered by this book and I am distressed at how little I knew about the details of the lives of the teens I passed daily on the streets of downtown Portland Rene Denfield has a clear agenda in this book, an it sometimes clouds her analysis, but it was a good, and sometimes painful counterpoint to the limited media coverage on the issue I think this is an important book to be included on the readi [...]

    19. Dark and disturbing Denfeld provides a glimpse inside the world of street urchins and families of homeless kids, and shows how the values of the street family culture, relying heavily on codes of conduct derived from a punk ethos, anarchism, Dungeons and Dragons and other subcultures, encouraged a group of kids, including a college student from a middle class family, to commit multiple beatings and murders Relying mostly on interviews and less on theory, this cultural study reads like a true cr [...]

    20. While this true account of and the whole concept of street families is horrific, I can t fault the author for that She did an excellent job objectively relating the events and explaining the culture in great detail That said, I would NOT recommend this book unless you want yet another reason to believe that our society is doomed and evil is real All due respect to my friend, Lisa, who recommended this I can see why it would be compelling for the mother of teenage sons living in Portland.

    21. Very good book and very well written Offers a glimpse into the life of the gutter hippies that hang out all over Portland, OR, specially downtown I m sure not all of them are like the group discussed in the book but some of those kids out there are pretty scary and plain dirty With their appearance and obvious strong work ethic, they won t be succeeding in life anytime soon One can never expect much from these kinds of people.

    22. This book is well researched and offers a different view of youth who end up living on the street As a person who loves social psychological theories, I loved reading about how the street families are formed and how quickly they shift While some people do not like this book because she shows that some of these street kids truly did have other options, I think she is careful about saying that this is the case for all street kids.

    23. This book tells about the violence of street families in Portland, OR It was particularly interesting to read as I am currently living in Portland While it is a true story, and a riveting one at that, it is not exceptionally well written Instead of reading like a seamless story, it is somewhat choppily written and there is extraneous information throughout the book However, it is a good place to begin to get information about the culture of street families.

    24. Scary book about crazy, scary street kids Not homeless kids, but people who choose to live on the streets Some are adventurers, some are damaged and some are just plain psychopaths The author does a great job describing the street culture, focusing on one group of kids and one horrendous crime they commit It was a fast read A little bit sensational, but good.

    25. This ll make you think twice about being rude to those kids on the 16th Street Mall Very interesing and scary The street family she focuses on lives in Portland and hangs out at this square near my brother s office we ve often taken the niece nephew there to play After reading this, I won t go there Opened my eyes to a scary subculture Very well written and hard to put down.

    26. Rene Denfeld is an amazing author she really does her research and tells it like it is She s taken a lot of verbal abuse and threats because of this book but she continues to educate people about the street families A street youth heard me talking about this book and interrupted to tell me that what she writes is the truth and that it was a great book.

    27. This is a frightening book about a family of street kids in Portland, OR and their involvement in several murders It shows how important belonging is to kids and how easily they can be led I guess it is a demonstration of what research is now telling us that the human brain does not completely mature until the late 20 s or even the early 30 s And that some people are truly evil.

    28. This book is a facutal account of murderous street families that live in Portland Oregon was good but sometimes hard to read because of the graphic accounts of violencer a non fiction book, it was easy to read

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