This book was written by Jeffrey Dahmer's father and was published in 1994. Jeffrey Dahmer was Milwaukee's most famous serial killer...
The back cover of the book says:
"A Father's Story cannot claim to have discovered the ultimate solution to the enigma of either the criminal or his deeds. It is, in fact, not the story of Jeffrey Dahmer at all, but of a father who, by slow, incremental degrees, came to realize the saddest truth that any parent may ever know: that following some unknowable process, his child had somewhere crossed the line that divides the human from the monstrous."
"This memoir is not a refutation of charges or an attempt to change the record. It is both a touching family memoir and a haunting confession--the searing account of a man who never relented in his effort to fathom the deepest quarters of his son's affliction, even as they pointed to his own. It is an important document on the nature of fatherhood, the origins of madness, and the role of kinship in the legacy of evil."
Although I see this book as a total catharsis for Jeffrey's dad...it IS a book about the Nature Vs. Nurture debate. Lionel is very honest about the things HE did as a child...but never crossed over to the dark side as his son did. I guess part of his reason for writing this book was because he couldn't understand WHY Jeffrey crossed over the line and he didn't...and that IS a good question that unfortunately no one can answer. Jeffrey had a brother named David...and David didn't turn into a monster!
This is the first book I've ever read that was written by a parent of a criminal...I know there are many books like that out there...but this was a first for me!
Even if you're not familiar with the history of Jeffrey Dahmer...I still would recommend this book to anyone...especially if you are a parent...