There is a series of events in all our lives that leave us wondering how we got there. What wrong turn did we make to leave us in a negative situation, or what right turn did we take to leave us so fortunate? In either case, wherever we end up resulted from one of the right or left turns we took. In this case study, we show where a little boy named Willie Bosket must have made the wrong turn. That turn led him to events that he at one time regretted, until he came to the realization that the system was indeed against him and so was fate.
And maybe it was. BACKGROUND Does it sound too much like a family legacy? Does it really hold true that if dad was bad, I guess I am too? In the case of Willie Bosket, it seems he really believed this scenario. Butch Bosket, the father, although considered intelligent, but with a schizophrenic personality, knew that if his son didn’t turn his life around, he would turn out to be just like him. So, throughout Butch’s incarceration, he sent letters to his son to go to school, learn, and stay on the right track.
Unfortunately, those letters were sent to a boy’s detention center. On the other hand, when Willie heard that his father had committed one crime after another, he grew excited to think that his father was a hero figure. So, when he received these letters from his father encouraging school and the right life, he was disappointed. Bosket’s grandfather, Pud, was of the same nature. At an insult, he would cut with a knife. His son James, Butch’s father, was also a murdering thief and soon, when people heard the name Bosket, they backed away.
When Butch’s mother was seventeen, she left him with her mother who never fed him and didn’t care for him and he found himself on the streets doing anything he could for a morsel of food. It was an eventuality that Butch’s life would soon lead to crime and prison, but he tried to go the straight road when he got out, so he married and moved to Milwaukee and soon had a child, Willie. But, try as he did, disaster finally struck and through an altercation at a pawn shop, Butch stabbed the owner and then a customer and ended up back in prison. It was like history repeating itself for Willie Left to take care of himself….
foster homes…. no food…. and crime. According to Court TV Crime Library, Willie was living out a legacy that had come down to him from a history of violence rooted in one of the most savage counties in the south: Edgefield County, South Carolina. His ancestors were slaves in this county, at Mount Willing. The first Bosket appears on voting records in 1868, after the slaves were freed. All the Bosket men proved to be nefarious characters. In a National Review’s article dated July 1, 1996 by John J. DiLulio, Jr. Willie Bosket is described as bad — real bad, a cold-blooded killer’s idea of a killer.
Now 34, he is serving three 25-years-to-life prison terms, a light sentence given his crimes, including some two hundred armed robberies, 25 stabbings, numerous for-fun-and-profit shootings, and several especially brutal murders and attempted murders. Before the age of eight, he mugged an old lady, terrorized classmates, intimidated teachers, and called a family-court judge who scolded him “a lying motherf — — ” right to his face. At age nine, he was sent to Wiltwyck, a New York reformatory that boasted Floyd Patterson among its success stories.
There he set fires, stole a van, and assaulted children and staff with teeth, fists, scissors, metal chairs, and a nail-spiked wooden club. He strangled a nurse with a telephone cord in the “Quiet Room. ” In 1974, at age 12, he left Wiltwyck laughing. If you search hard enough, you will find a tragedy that started a long time ago through one generation after another in the Bosket family. Was it some kind of demented gene that filtered through these men? Was it the neglected childhood or just the idea that each one was meant to be bad considering his history?
But aren’t some children born under the wrong star and still make a success of themselves? What is the answer to too many questions? It’s probably easiest to say that we blame the state. We could even blame the foster homes, or the whole judicial system why this young man went so incredibly bad. Where was the guidance for this child? As soon as he went wrong the very first time, someone should have taken the time to watch over him, evaluate him and place him in a good home. Instead, he was left to live on the streets again. He was left to fend for himself.
Living with his ex-con dad didn’t give him the love and help he needed, nor did it give him someone to look up to. He should have been looked after and shown the right road forward. He should have been held and loved, by anyone, like most little boys so that he could have chosen between the life of good and evil. It seemed, though, that this child didn’t stand a chance. Here’s his turning point: Once Willie, in his cunning mind, told himself that it didn’t work the way it should have, he deduced that he could go on with this life of crime as long as he was a juvenile.
As long as he wasn’t twenty-one years old he could be tried and freed. CrimeZZZ. net, information on serial killers, reports that Willie knew the juvenile laws well enough to realize that he could continue to do what he was doing and yet still get released when he was twenty-one. He had no reason to stop. Yet it was his spree and his arrogance that brought about a dramatic change in the juvenile justice system, starting in New York. The “Willie Bosket law,” which allowed dangerous juveniles as young as thirteen to be tried in adult courts, was passed and signed in six days.
But, are all who kill and commit atrocities said to have had difficult childhoods? Research shows that it has been estimated that 75% of youth in prison have some type of disability. AboutKidsHealth: News: Youth justice and the rights of the child agree that m children have significant learning problems, or emotional or behavior disorders. Other youth in the justice system are those with a history of parental abuse and neglect, parental substance abuse, and parental criminality. Many of these children are on a developmental path that leads them through the child protection system to the justice system.
According to About Kids Health. com and an article written by Katherine Covell, Ph. D, young people who come into conflict with the law are children whose rights have been infringed. They may have been exposed to toxic substances, such as alcohol, in utero, or their development has been compromised by the toxic experiences of parental rejection, neglect, abuse, or harsh corporal punishment. They are children with little impulse control, with heightened aggression, with low self-esteem, and with impaired reasoning and decision-making skills. They are children in need of help.
Unfortunately, this is the case around the globe. In 1993, two boys were caught on a surveillance camera in Liverpool, England leading a toddler from the center. Both boys were aged 10. They skipped school for a day of shoplifting and fun. Deciding if they could get away with kidnapping, they lured a toddler away, took him to the railroad tracks some two miles away and killed the child. Thirty-eight people saw them along the way, but no one stopped them. When caught, their confession was horrifying. Sentenced to a secure facility for no less than eight years, they ultimately were freed upon reaching the age of nineteen.
Kids Who Kill, Special sub topic: Ten Bad Apples by Linda G. These two boys are free today, but what are the chances of them staying that way? CITATIONS WEB SITES Court TV Crime Library: article on Willie Bosket The National Review: article dated July 1, 1996 by John J. DiLulio, Jr. CrimeZZZ. net: Willie Bosket and information on serial killers AboutKidsHealth. com: News: Youth justice and the rights of the child About Kids Health. com: article written by Katherine Covell, Ph. D, Kids Who Kill, Special sub topic: Ten Bad Apples. com by Linda G.