The Herriges Horror


The more things change, the more they stay the same. Human nature, good or evil, is invariant.

Read the whole story here, in a small book from 1870.
     Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 19, 2013
     Category: Crime | Family | Horror | Nineteenth Century

The file works out to some 35 pages. I'd rather read the whole thing before making comment. Don't judge a book by its cover and all that.
Posted by KDP on 06/19/13 at 12:00 PM
I read it through. The story reminded me of "Genie", a girl found in a Los Angeles suburb some forty years ago in similar deplorable conditions. Genie was probably not "insane" to begin with, but she never was able to recover enough to function in society.

The characters of this account received a lot more benefit of doubt from the authorities than anyone would today. I especially liked how John's mother suspected that those "anti-meat eaters" were to blame for the onset of his insanity.
Posted by KDP on 06/20/13 at 02:10 PM
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