Book Review of ‘Rage, The True Story of a Sibling Murder’

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 – original post

The True Story of a Sibling Murder
Written By: Jerry Langton
Published By: Wiley, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, 1st Ed., 2008, 179 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-0470154410

Rage, The True Story of a Sibling Murder is a grisly account of how untreated mental problems, caustic outside influences and lack of supervision can lead to murder.”

Johnathon Madden was a fun, boisterous and active 12 year old boy. Like many other boys his age he loved sports, throwing snowballs, playing video games and hanging out with friends. Despite Johnathon’s cheerful external appearance, he knew dark secrets within his own home that had him living in fear of his older brother.
Johnathon’s older brother Kevin was 16 and very big for his age. Kevin had a long history of violence, mental issues and a major problem with authority. Having failed two grades and been kicked out of many schools because of his behavioural problems, Kevin was on the raged-edge and had lots of hatred and violence building in his 250 lb. frame.
On the evening of November 25th 2003, Johnathon was heading home to get a roll of quarters so he could go back to the cyber café and play some video games with his buddy. Because he shared a room with is older brother, Johnathon had to endure repeated and frequent beatings in his daily life.
On this particular chilly evening in November, Johnathon would make his very last, lonely walk home.

Rage, The True Story of a Sibling Murder is a genuine account of siblicide in Toronto, Ontario. This book has opened my eyes a lot and made me thankful that I am quite vigilant with watching over my family and taking care of issues until they are resolved.
I recommend this book to read, but there are points in the book, where descriptions of the murder, number of wounds, etc. that are extremely graphic, but necessary all the same.
As a parent myself, I wonder how Kevin, an older brother who was a ticking time bomb and an obvious psychopath, could be left alone with his younger, smaller brother…I simply can’t fathom it.
Rest in Peace Johnathon Robert Madden, you poor little sweetheart.

♦♦♦♦♦♦ (6 out of 10 Diamonds) – I enjoyed it

Link to Memorial Website set up for Johnathon by his mother:
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
This book courtesy of Mini Book


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