WHITELAKE, Mich. –
(PRWEB) May 07, 2014 -- Real-life accounts of seemingly normal individuals who became caught up in criminal behavior form the backbone of this new memoir released by Dog Ear Publishing. Four men now at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Mich., present their stories and share warning signs of criminal characteristics. Their hope is to keep young people from walking in their footsteps, failing to realize who they are before it becomes too late. It “puts you in a position to take corrective action before you find yourself amidst a life of crime and devastation,” they write.
“Memoirs of Four Convicted Murderers: Insight into Youth Development” includes crimes from robbery-murder, an attempt to hide a teen pregnancy that ends in murder, a marital confrontation gone horribly wrong and a robbery that took two human lives. Stark descriptions of prison life offer a warning to those who fail to heed the authors’ call for young people on the wrong path to realize their potential for crime and to work for change.
The book includes information about characteristics considered criminal and offers techniques to avoid them or change behaviors, such as evaluating thoughts of committing a crime and analyzing thoughts that led to past criminal acts. Thinking about negative outcomes that could result from environmental factors – such as being around criminals, visiting high-crime areas and participating in abusive relationships – can help people avoid those situations, the authors write. “These murderers developed criminal thinking patterns, because they failed to understand the self-development process and the effect of social influences upon them.”
An analysis of each prisoner’s story shows the criminal characteristics they displayed, but each crime resulted in the same thing: the taking of human life. The authors offset this harsh reality by providing their insights into avoiding the same fate. Among their 12 principles of positive social development include positive thoughts and feelings followed by positive action and cutting off any negative thoughts and feelings or making choices with short- and long-term goals in mind. They write that they hope this practical advice, along with professional help when necessary, will prevent others from sharing their fate. Proceeds from the book will be given to the Michigan Crime Victims’ Services Fund.
The authors especially acknowledge the contributions of Daisy Henley, Dwight’s mother, to the book. She not only financed the book but organized aspects of its publication that the authors could not because of their incarceration. They also appreciate the efforts of Michigan Sen. Mike Kowall and his wife, Rep. Eileen Kowall, who support education for prisoners in the spirit of rehabilitation.
For additional information, please visit http://www.dwighthenley.com.
Memoirs of Four Convicted Murderers: Insight into Youth Development
Dwight Henley II, Bruce Micheals, Christopher Howard and Robert Leamon III
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-2259-8 292 pages $24.95 US
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