Children Without Pity

The case of Anthony Knighton illustrates how a generation born of violence creates a brutal legacy

LIKE A CHILD WHOSE MOTHER SCOLDS HIM FOR KNOCKING over a glass of milk, Anthony Knighton has his excuses ready. He was just playing. It was an accident. He didn't know the gun was loaded. It could have happened to anyone. Then he admits he shot a pregnant girl because she wouldn't give him a nickel.

His trouble started when he went out to buy cigarettes at a corner grocery in his hometown of Deerfield Beach, Florida, on Aug. 13, 1990. The store sold them two for a quarter, and Knighton, then 16, had only 20 cents in his pocket. So...

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