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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
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The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
Christy
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Sunday, November 07, 2010

A Beautiful Child

A Beautiful ChildA Beautiful Child by Matt Birkbeck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the story off a young girl who was abducted by a man (or she was given to him by her father) when she was about four to six years old. She was a beautiful child even then, but she managed to be an exceptional student who received a scholarship to Georgia Tech and a stunningly beautiful young woman. She wanted to be an astronaut and it appears as if she would have achieved that goal had she been allowed to. Instead, her father put her in stripper bars and basically became her pimp. Eventually he was implicated in her death.

I just finished this and found it to be impossible to put down. It is amazing to think about all "Sharon" accomplished in school, knowing what her home life was. I can't help but think of what she could have done in a nurturing home. Her abductor blamed all his trouble and bad behavior on his upbringing and yet he provided such a horrible life for her and she rose above it. What a tragedy all around.

My feelings about then end of the book are divided. It is amazing how much law enforcement has improved in the area of missing children. Where once there was little done nationally and local law enforcement didn't get involved until the child was missing 24 hours, now there are the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, America's Most Wanted, and numerous other groups to help families whose children are missing. Local law enforcement have the child's description on the police database within the hour, but still too many children are abducted and murdered.





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2 comments:

The Patients Advantage said...

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a joke. Unfortunately I am part of the "Left Behind Parents" club. My daughter was abducted 2-years ago. With the NCMEC it's been one lie after another followed up by cover up after cover up. DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THIS AGENCY IF YOU HAVE ANY HOPE OF FINDING YOUR KIDS! My daughter's story can be read here: http://greatnonprofits.org/users/reviews/58371. Over 90% of their funding comes from us, the US taxpayers, and they are accountable to no one...even Ernie Allen and his $1.4 million annual income is accountable to no one. There are better ways to bring our lost kids home. Reach out to me if you need help.

Anne Hawn said...

I'm sorry that you have had such a wretched experience on top of having you daughter abducted. It seems like a crime to take advantage of the donors and the people they are not serving.