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Lifers Geoffrey Wansell's Lifers is a chilling and fascinating look inside the minds of some of the world's most notorious criminals and serial killersIn this ground breaking book Wansell brings together interviews and original first hand accounts from some of the most feared and dangerous criminals on the planet Lifers offers a glimpse inside the minds of murderers as well as a chance to understand what it really means when 'life means life'Having observed lifers over than twenty years often up close and very personal

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  1. says:

    This is a peculiar book It's written pretty badly with one purpose to examine the concept of the whole life sentence and chart its pathway through the thickets of English criminal law and ultimately to protest that a whole life sentence is a “delayed death sentence” and remind us all that most countries don’t do this and it's probably morally wrong Although many countries have maximum sentences of 50 years which seems like the same thing to meAnyway the morality of all of this is above my paygrade so I will not be jumping into that argument In order to think about this uestion Geoffrey Wansell has to present to our gaze all the gory details of the very goriest of recent English crimes and after a while it seems that this chamber of horrors is the real reason for the book and not the legal ruminations at all And a part of me was saying “yes and the real reason you’re reading it too Geoffrey knows his audience” HOW MANY WHOLE LIFERS IN ENGLAND ? The Ministry of Justice declines to give a precise figure for the number of prisoners serving a whole life sentence but this book can reveal that there are than fifty if not sixty “whole lifers” – including two womenA BIT OF HISTORYThe death penalty was suspended in 1965 in England and abolished in 1969 This left judges with the sentence of life imprisonment But life did not mean life in the great majority of cases It meant “until the parole board releases you on license” This is because all murders are different After some years passed the public found out that the average time a murderer spent in prison before being released on license was nine years They did not like that For some really grim crimes therefore judges began assigning a minimum term to be served before there is the possibility of parole Say 18 years or 35 yearsWe see that when a horrible murderer is given one of these sentences the victim’s family will be outraged that the sentence is not a whole life one even if the said murderer will be 75 before there is the possibility of parole People say extreme things just after the murderer of one of their close relatives has been sentenced and the media captures every agonized statement Bring back the death penalty hanging’s too good for him they should throw away the key may he rot in hell he’s got a cushy life inside now – it’s all said over and over again Eg He can do what he wants He has hobbies and a TV and the gym and meals every day They live the life of Riley I say let him rot in hellIn fact there's a weird grisly ritual that happens at these nastier murder trials when the judge tells the zombie murderer just what a dreadful thing he did like he never really realised it so this is going to really open his eyes; then outside the court the victims' families make statements about how their lives are wrecked forever and how great the police have been; then the police make a statement about what a traumatic enuiry this was and how monstrous the murderer was like we hadn't been paying any attention for the two weeks of the trial Almost every phrase these people make has been used in similar sad circumstances umpteen times before but still at every big English trial this will happen And when Geoffrey discusses the legal aspects of whole life sentences he also says the same thing over and over again This book is very repetitive very repetitive AND ANYWAY WHAT DO PEOPLE CALL JUSTICE? But her husband Frederick West was to escape justice completely when he committed suicide in his cellDidn’t we just hear from the public that hanging should be brought back? But when someone hangs themselves we then complain that they have evaded justice? I think these concepts justice punishment rehabilitation and so forth are hopelessly confused NEVERTHELESSNevertheless this is a very useful book for summarizing many of the most curious and dramatic cases of the last 20 years like Dale Cregan who shot two policewomen and then blew them up with hand grenades that was pretty unusual; or Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale who very nearly beheaded an English soldier in broad daylight on a London street then stuck around talking to the public who filmed them explaining their actions and waited for the cops to show upAN INTERESTING CASE JOANNA DENNEHYThis nice little girl grew up to be Britain’s Aileen Wuernos She stabbed three middle aged men to death in 2013 Unlike the famous Myra Hindley and Rosemary West she wasn’t under the influence of her partner Au contraire she influenced her boyfriends into helping her do her murders and dump the bodies So she is that very rare thing a female serial killer and even rarer one that didn’t poison family members there are several of those but murdered strangers just like your Ted Bundy I killed to see how I would feel to see if I was as cold as I thought I was Then it got ishHer and Rosemary West are the only whole life women WHAT WAS THAT GEOFFREY?Our author is inclined to make some dubious observations One friend alleges Bamber was sexually assaulted at his boarding school which may have encouraged a trait of bisexualityHuh? Read that back – being assaulted might make you bisexual? In the thirty two years he has spent in almost constant solitary confinement Maudsley’s health is reported to have declinedHmmm – don’t old guys often experience declining health even if they’re not in solitary?And how about this his is an ego so deeply depraved that it insinuates itself into everything and everyone he meetsDoes that actually mean anything?MOST USED ADJECTIVE IN THIS BOOK HeinousThis pops up at least once every other page but when I came across three heinouses on page 281 I wondered if Mr Wansell had ever run across a thesaurus It’s a kind of dictionary which lists synonymous words so you don’t have to bore your readers with the same words all the time Synonyms for heinous abhorrentabominableatrocioushatefulhideoushorrendousinfamousnefariousodiousoutrageousrevoltingshockingunspeakableviciousexecrablefrightfulIf you downed a shot of teuila every time the phrase “the most heinous of crimes” is used you’d be dead before page 50 A CURIOUS PATTERNbegan to emerge from many of these execrable crimes The guy they’re all guys except for Joanna explodes into unimaginable violence and kills one or two women He makes feeble attempts to get rid of the bodies or no attempts He wanders off The police arrive Within a week they have their man the perp has not made it difficult for them After he’s in custody he goes into zombie mode Blank stares In court no sign of life Sentence is passed whole life Not a flicker The victims’ families are baying and howling he’s Mr Impassive Off he goes to the Scrubs Then either a he appeals and loses his appeal or b he doesn’t appeal End of storyI can only think that the outburst of ultra violence was the whole point of the guy’s life and after he does it he has no purpose Like that’s what I came here to do Kill my wife and my kids Or two random women in a park Now I’ve done it can’t think of a single other thing I want to do

  2. says:

    A pretty standard true crime book that examines the concept of whole life terms in England and Wales and critically if they are ever justified There are plenty of notable cases discussed within this book and several others that for whatever reason didn’t generate as much public attention I can only attribute that to the brutality of the crimes particularly if they involved children hence the media silence Some passages of the book appeared as if written by a college student taking a criminology course it’s very A plus B euals C without much depth to the cases discussed Also there are a few lines generated by the authors own opinion that may raise a few eyebrows Overall not a terrible read for those interested in true crime and prison lifestyle It’s a large book so only those truly invested in the subject will enjoy I’m glad I read it however because the concept of life imprisonment with a minimum term versus a whole life tariff is intriguing and promotes healthy debate

  3. says:

    Very very interesting look at the meaning of the 'whole life tariff' that is applied to some uniuely wicked people This book makes you think and opened my eyes to the sheer volume of murders that have taken place in this country and the punishments that they receive Highly recommend

  4. says:

    Very repetitious

  5. says:

    Excellent and informative true crime book although I didn't entirely agree with the author's conclusions regarding whole life tariffs It was really interesting and well written with uite in depth profiles of some of the people who have been sentenced to a whole life order The author doesn't shy away from some of the heinous crimes that have been committed and indeed spends 90% of the book detailing these crimes It was a bit odd therefore that at the very end of the book he then argues that the people he has been writing about should not have a whole life tariff and that we should develop an alternative method of sentencingIt just jars with the rest of the book although his position is well argued Overall a very good true crime book and a great exploration of the current sentencing powers of the UK judiciary

  6. says:

    I could not finish this book There were a few things that just annoyed me into stopping the first being the writing This is the second book I've read by this author the first I actually own and didn't really have a problem with however the writing in this one was so opinionated that it frustrated me I feel like when writing a book like this or anything with such a heavy two sided argument you should make your writing unopinionated at least until the very end It annoyed me where he seemed to be hating the life tariffs and making that clear whenever he got the chance It just came across so strong in his writing I could not copeThe second thing would be the fact that he's using a mentally ill serial killer as his reasoning for trying to abolish the life tariffs Okay that's fine Except his example was that of John Straffen his victims were a five year old and a nine year old So you think this child killer should serve his time and be let free as you're implying? Well what about the time he broke out of Broadmoor for four hours and murdered another five years old? Does he really seem like the kind of person that could and should be released? The author just seemed annoyed by the justice system because Straffen didn't get sentenced to a life tariff but died after being the longest serving prisoner in Britain well I don't feel like there was any other option for him besides the death penalty and since the author mentioned a few times Britain abolished that seemed like he's dying inside prison walls whether he likes it or notOf the 13 percent that I read it was than I could take I just could not face continuing on with the rest of the book it was that bad

  7. says:

    It was ok but not what I expected There will always be disparity in sentencing and left wing socialists will always defeat mandatory sentencing A human legal system will always have human issues fraught with decisions that never please all

  8. says:

    uite a depressing and sad book that mainly sets out horrible horrible crimes but does try to uestion what a life sentence really means and whether it's justified found it hard going

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