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Roseanne Montillo: Wilderness of Ruin

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Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the search for America's youngest serial killer by Roseanne Montillo

The Wilderness of Ruin A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the search for America's youngest serial killer is a riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity. At its heart is a great American city divided by class—a chasm that widens in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872.

Roseanne Montillo brings Gilded Age Boston to glorious life—from the genteel cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the squalid, overcrowded tenements of Southie. Here, too, is the writer Herman Melville. Enthralled by the child killer’s case, he enlists physician Oliver Wendell Holmes to help him understand how it might relate to his own mental instability.