I recently finished reading Fox Butterfield's excellent All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence.
Amazingly researched (Butterfield is a Class-A journalist), this 1996 book follows a culture of violence and its transference over time from white slave owners in the historically f**ked-up county of Edgefield, South Carolina to Willie Bosket and the contemporary ghettos of today. It's not a feel-good story. But it's a great read.
Willie Bosket was a very bad boy.
The New York Times has a story on him today. He's been in solitary confinement for two decades.