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by Peter Moskos

April 11, 2009

Child killers. Child prisoners.

Jessie Rankins killed a five-year-old. Rankins was 10. The story by Gary Marx in the L.A. Times.
As he walked out of prison a free man last month, Jessie Rankins barely greeted his wife, exchanging only a few words without kissing or hugging her. It was their fourth wedding anniversary, and he hadn't seen her in 2 1/2 years.

"I'll feel better when I see my dog," he said a short time later.
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In 1994, he and a friend abducted 5-year-old Eric Morse, dangled the screaming boy out a 14th-floor window at a public housing high-rise and dropped him to his death. Eric had refused to steal candy for them, prosecutors said.
This story won't have a happy ending.

(And how prisoners like this find girlfriends?)

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