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The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb

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A shocking true-crime story of America's jock culture and the hidden world of unrestrained adolescent sexuality in one seemingly idyllic suburban town.

In March 1989 a group of teenage boys lured a retarded girl into a basement in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and gang-raped her. Glen Ridge was the kind of peaceful, affluent suburb many Americans dream about. The rapists were its most popular high school athletes. And although rumors of the crime quickly spread through the town, weeks passed before anyone saw fit to report it to the police. What made these boys capable of brutalizing a girl that some of them had known since childhood? Why did so many of their elders deny the rape and rally around its perpetrators? To solve this riddle, the Edgar award-winning author Bernard Lefkowitz conducted years of research and more than two hundred interviews.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Prize Finalist
An Edgar Award Finalist
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780375702693
0375702695
Characteristics: 516 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.

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