Dispatches: The Child Killers

The Child Killers

The small, hushed crowd outside Preston Crown Court watched as the two white police vans drove away. "It's hard to believe they did it," remarked James Livesey, 69. "It could have been a prank that went wrong," said Colette Smalley, mother of an eight-month-old, "but maybe we want to believe that -- it's too horrific to think otherwise." The vans' two occupants, 11-year- old boys with tidy haircuts, had just left the ornate, oak-paneled Court 1, where the floor of the dock had been raised a foot to allow them to see over the brass rail. The boys are charged with...

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