American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men

  • Title: American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men
  • Author: David McConnell
  • ISBN: 9781617751325
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • American Honor Killings Desire and Rage Among Men In American Honor Killings straight and gay guys cross paths and the result is murder But what really happened What role did hatred play What were the men involved really like and what was going on
    In American Honor Killings, straight and gay guys cross paths, and the result is murder But what really happened What role did hatred play What were the men involved really like, and what was going on between them when the murder occurred American Honor Killings explores the truth behind squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the far right or fringe leftIn American Honor Killings, straight and gay guys cross paths, and the result is murder But what really happened What role did hatred play What were the men involved really like, and what was going on between them when the murder occurred American Honor Killings explores the truth behind squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the far right or fringe left David McConnell, a New York based novelist, researched cases from small town Alabama to San Quentin s death row The book recounts some of the most notorious crimes of our era.Beginning in 1999 and lasting until the 2011 conviction of a youth in Queens, New York, the book shows how some murderers think they re cleaning up society Surprisingly, other killings feel almost preordained, not a matter of the victim s personality or actions so much as a twisted display of a young man s will to compete or dominate We want to think these stories involve simple sexual conflict, either the killer s internal struggle over his own identity or a fatally miscalculated proposition They re almost never that simple.Together, the cases form a secret American history of rage and desire McConnell cuts through cant and political special pleading to turn these cases into enduring literature In each story, victims, murderers, friends, and relatives come breathtakingly alive The result is soulful, sensitive, artful than the sort of true crime writing the book was modeled on A wealth of new detail has been woven into old cases, while new cases are plumbed for the first time The resulting stories play out exactly as they happened, an inexorable sequence of events grisly, touching, disturbing, sometimes even with moments of levity.It has been awarded the Stonewall Book Award Israel Fishman Non Fiction Award for 2014 Utilizing an empathetic narrative nonfiction approach, novelist McConnell, co chair of the Lambda Literary Foundation, casts a humanizing eye upon monstrous deeds a journalistic tour de force made all the impressive by jailhouse interviews McConnell s unquestionable skill as a writer gives both literary helot and immediacy to the narratives Publishers Weekly McConnell convincingly shows how fluid terms like gay and straight can actually be The author s case studies reflect an intensive investigation into the economic and cultural backgrounds of a wide variety of extremist cultures, research that involved interviews with law enforcement officials, families of victims and the convicted criminals themselves A shocking look at the subculture of violent crime, not for the fainthearted Kirkus ReviewsA masterpiece of reportage Homophobia is not accepted as a mitigating circumstance in murder, but there is no doubt that men are still murdered for being gay From Jon Schmitz The Jenny Jones Killer to John Katehis the teenage hustler who murdered radio personality George Weber , novelist McConnell has compiled a number of these cases and looks into the culture of masculinity for clues to the dynamics behind these killings with no clear answers, but some very intriguing questions, these vignettes of masculine pride and rage will appeal to those interested in gender politics and gay studies as well as true crime fans Library Journal McConnell, who is gay, is convinced he has written a book that no straight man could have written, and he s probably right Navigating the depressing world of these horrific murders would discourage all but the most determined, passionate writers Finding the humanity in these killers and the nuance in these most inhumane killings would challenge all but the most compassionate of writers LA Weekly American Honor Killings is a strong addition to any criminology or true crime collection with a side focus on gay issues, very much recommended Midwest Book Review

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    About David McConnell


    1. David McConnell has been writing and thinking about the written word his entire life Self taught, he created his own curriculum of ancient literature His fictionalized memoir, The Firebrat, came out in 2003 and was nominated for a Violet Quill Award He is now working on a true crime non fiction project entitled GAY PANIC True Stories of Straight Men Who Kill Gay Men He is also continuing a twenty year project, an unfinished poem in an invented syllabic form, The Square.McConnell was born in 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio, attended The Hawken School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Shaker Heights High Schooland lasted a year at Columbia College in New York City While living in upstate New York, he published a literary magazine with Nora Wright, the poet Tory Dent and James Cheney Peripatetic for a while, McConnell lived in a white high rise overlooking Lake Erie, then sublet the painter Joe Brainard s Green Street loft in New York City, then moved to Hudson, New York, for a single year, then relocated to Paris, France, for five.After returning to New York, he got a pilot s license and, for a short time, taught elementary math to prisoners on Riker s Island He now lives with sometime Mississippi businessman Darrell Crawford in a West Chelsea townhouse where he has been the host of countless parties honoring his many literary friends and their works.Read about him at DavidMcConnell


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    1. I give 5 shuddering stars to AMERICAN HONOR KILLINGS at Shelf Inflicted (tinyurl/lyh4jzg). Discussing the high cost of delusion and the role of "moral" conviction; Akashic Books, this is a brave book to publish.

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    2. Amazing, unusual insights, beautiful writing about a terrible subject. Not true crime stories, not validation of murder. A complex compendium of gay men murdered by the men that they loved and exploration of "gay panic" and how masculinity and rage are linked.

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    3. Hear my interview with the author on Podomatic.McConnell takes from what would be called homosexual "hate crimes" or "gay panic" to an attempt to find how a distorted "honor" became the departure point to such violence. It seems an overt or possibly latent homosexuality is the commonality to the killers from the infamous Jenny Jones case which was a big deal up here in Michigan to John Katehis, part-time John, one-time killer. In the journey, McConnell admits to seeking "pure masculinity enraged [...]

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    4. Literate true crime. Nancy Grace meets Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick.

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    5. Reading Challenge 2018 - Book Riot: book of true crime. An interesting read about men who are worried for their "honor" of considered being gay and kill because of it. I remember the Jenny Jones case where a straight man is embarrassed when a gay friend admits his feelings for him on national television, the result being he kills the gay man. It seems that the author is trying to convince the read that the reason these men kill is because they question their own sexuality and need to prove they [...]

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    6. I was intrigued by the title hoping that the book would be an analysis of men murdering other men in the name of homophobia. However, the book is more "true crime" than analysis as McConnell details the events of particular crimes while interviewing those involved. Sadly, this approach is more sensationalistic than informative.

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    7. Interesting introduction to a number of cases, but the author's personal conjectures and opinions all too often bleed into the narrative.

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    8. Firstly and foremost, I won this book in a drawing from LibraryThing. Despite the fact that I didn't pay a dime for it, I will give it a candid assessment below.So this is the bit in which I traditionally summarize the plot, and I'll admit this book wasn't what I expected. When I hear the phrase "honor killings" I expect traditional murders to safeguard the reputation of the family. The murderous rampages described here are plain and simple hate crimes. This does nothing to diminish them or thei [...]

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    9. Along with several other readers, I can see the parallels between this book and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. But whereas Capote's book did such a good job of exploring the lives and motivations of both victims and perpetrators, McConnell's book doesn't quite hit the mark.McConnell does bring a novelist's eye (or maybe, in the context of this book, the eye of a short story writer) to these cases of gay men and their murderers, but the writing focuses way more on the criminals. McConnell wants t [...]

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    10. I'm not sure why this book was on my to read list - I had no clue what it was about until I got started. I assumed it would be about men killing women, but it turned out to be about men killing men, specifically, killing gay men, or at least men the murderers perceived to be gay. My qualifier about perceived gay men hints at the book's main point: that crimes typically grouped together as hate crimes, or gay panic crimes, or repressed gay man kills openly gay men crimes, are often more complex t [...]

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    11. Note: Book really has 253 pages, so it annoys me that hasn't fixed this.I'd probably give this an actual 2.5 stars, but I can't honestly give it 3 on rounding. I'm really quite disappointed with it in relation to the subtitle. I expected a lot more conversation about how toxic masculinity leads to the sorts of murders that were addressed, but that was barely addressed. There was a lot of questionable elements that made it hard to read.When he was discussing the murder of a might-be-gay boy, Ste [...]

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    12. "If hatred can come before hating, murder can come before killing." Chilling nonfiction in the tradition of In Cold Blood. McConnell investigates several cases involving the murder of gay men between 1995 and 2007 in a brilliant mix of journalistic and literary prose. Although I have a problem with his appropriation of the title's term "honor killings" (even though he questions its use himself at the end of the book), the issues and perspectives he raises are often unexpected and always compelli [...]

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    13. This a very odd, strangely compelling book that looks at several killings of gay men and gay couples by their heterosexual assassins. Through interviews and media resources the author researches the motivations behind the murders. He draws a troubling, though broad, connection between the killers' fear, be it real or imagined, that they might be thought of as gay and the killers' decisions to use guns as a form of retribution. Each case study has it's own chapter and the varied perpetrators, mos [...]

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    14. Very very interesting book about murders of men (perceived to be gay) by other men. The cases described by the author are fascinating.McConnell doesn't go very far, however, in figuring out what the cases have in common and what that says about American culture, masculinity, etc. He says at the outset that he's not going to do that.I think it would have been a stronger book if he'd gone out on a limb, formulated an argument and defended it - made this a book about something larger, instead of a [...]

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    15. I liked the premise of this book, however the presentation was crude. The writer too often offered his own opinion as to what a victim or suspect was thinking. Also, the style was at times childish and took me out of the flow of reading. McConnell offered his opinion on things often enough that I started to think more about what he thought than the actual content of the book.

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    16. Bone-chilling, important, and exquisitely written. You'll cringe because the stories are real, but McConnell is a master at showing us and commenting on what happened in a way that's both non-intrusive and expansive. If you liked IN COLD BLOOD (and who didn't?) and if you liked INTO THE WILD, you should read this book.

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    17. An overall interesting book about the rage behind several killings involving victims and young perpetrators. I don't think that honor killing is the perfect term but its use is based on the idea that these men killed to honor not their families but masculinity or their twisted idea of what it is.

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    18. What a fantastic read. A non-fiction book that's written in narrative style - it kept me reading to find out what happened in each of the shorter stories that make up the larger book.

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