Runaway Devil

Runaway Devil

How Forbidden Love Drove A 12-year-old to Murder Her Family

Book - 2009
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In April 2006, a twelve-year-old girl named J.R.* (known online as Runaway Devil) committed a brutal crime that horrified Canadians across the country: after weeks of plotting, she took part in the savage stabbing deaths of her parents and little brother in the family's home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, making her the youngest multiple killer in Canadian history. J.R. was a quiet honour-roll student and a member of a local swim club whose middle-class existence concealed an ominous alter ego. Her Internet persona professed a fondness for a darker world of death metal music, the goth subculture, and her love for Jeremy Steinke, a twenty-three-year-old high-school dropout. When J.R. got involved with the much older Steinke, her concerned parents tried all the Dr. Phil strategies to restrain her and interrupt the relationship, to no avail. Was J.R. simply growing up too fast and under the spell of a Svengali-like Steinke, who is alleged to have committed the murders with her help? Or was she really the puppet master who manipulated her boyfriend to do her bidding? Based on the trials and exclusive interviews with the prosecutors, police officers, and family and friends of the victims and murderers, Runaway Devil gives the full, compelling truth behind the shocking tragedy. *As a young offender, her full name cannot be used.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2009.
ISBN: 9780771073601
Branch Call Number: 364.152309712 R388
Characteristics: xii, 270 p., [8] p. of plates : ill, ports.
Additional Contributors: Zickefoose, Sherri

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erinsnest
Aug 26, 2015

Aug 2015.... this book fit into the category "a book that scares you" for the Chinook Arch summer reading challenge. I used to live in Medicine Hat, and my sister still lives close to there and works there. Her son would have been working at the Medicine Hat Mall a little before these murders took place, and while he did not "know" Jeremy, he had seen him around in the mall....interesting that just after I finished reading this, they announced on the radio that J.R. (I looked it up and her name is Jasmine) was released from all of her conditions, and is now off of her probation. I find this just a little unfair, as Jeremy will be in jail for the rest of his life, and if it hadn't been for her, he would not have done this.......but on second thought, I guess the way his life was going, he probably would have ended up in jail eventually anyway? My sister and I both feel that he wasn't the one responsible for one of these murders! Anyway......yikes, this book was scary!

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writer13
Aug 25, 2012

This is a well written expose dealing with very difficult subject matter. The authors do a good job of presenting the facts without sensationalizing them; not an easy feat given the media coverage that surrounded this case. The book also stands as a scathing condemnation of what we laughingly refer to as a "justice system" in Canada. Read it, and you will see.

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janmel
Feb 06, 2011

Very good but very disturbing.

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trizen
Dec 08, 2009

A disturbing read, but interesting to find out the details (for those with a morbid curiousity) and just to get some of the background.

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lalalee
Oct 13, 2009

lalalee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 48

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