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Author Pollack, Jesse P., author.

Title The Acid King / Jesse P. Pollack.

Publication Info. New York : Simon Pulse, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 Burlington Public Library - Teen New Books  Y364.152 POLLACK    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Young Adult  YA 364.1523 POL    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Teen  YA 364.1523 POLLACK    Check Shelf
Edition First Simon Pulse edition.
Description 455 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Simon true
Simon true.
Contents July 1984 -- A brief innocence -- Childhood's end -- The dark -- Thirteen ways of looking at a black spot in the woods -- Jimmy.
Note "Real stories. Real teens. Real consequences."--cover.
Summary A murder in a small Long Island town reveals the dark secrets lurking behind the seemingly peaceful fa├žade in this latest installment of the Simon True series. On June 19, 1984, seventeen-year-old Ricky Kasso murdered Gary Lauwers in what local police and the international press dubbed a "Satanic Sacrifice." The murder became the subject of several popular songs, and television specials addressed the issue of whether or not America's teens were practicing Satanism. Even Congress got in on the act, debating Satanic symbolism in songs by performers like AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne. "The country is in crisis!" screamed the pundits. After all, it was the height of the Reagan era and Nancy Reagan's "just say no" campaign was everywhere. But what this case revealed were bigger problems lurking at the heart of suburban America. Ricky Kasso wasn't a bad kid, but he was lost. To feel better, he started smoking pot, moving on from that to PCP and LSD. He ended up living on the streets and thinking he had nothing to lose. Gary Lauwers went from being a victim of bullying to using drugs to fit in, and finally robbery--but then he made the mistake of stealing from Ricky, and from that moment on, his fate was sealed. A few months later, Gary went into the woods behind the park with Ricky and two other boys. Only three of them came out. The subsequent police investigation and accompanying media circus turned the village upside down. It shattered the image of an idyllic small town, changed the way neighbors viewed each other, and recast the War on Drugs.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [445]-455).
Subject Murder -- Investigation -- New York (State) -- Northport.
Drug abuse -- New York (State) -- Northport.
Satanism -- New York (State) -- Northport.
Criminal psychology -- Case studies.
Northport (N.Y.)
Criminal psychology. (OCoLC)fst00883467
Drug abuse. (OCoLC)fst00898480
Murder -- Investigation. (OCoLC)fst01029788
Satanism. (OCoLC)fst01105622
New York (State) -- Northport. (OCoLC)fst01207625
Genre/Form Case studies.
True crime stories.
Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
True crime stories. (OCoLC)fst01919985
ISBN 9781481482295 (hardcover)
1481482297 (hardcover)
9781481482288 (paperback)
1481482289 (paperback)
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