Sudden Fury: A True Story of Adoption and Murder

Leslie Walker, Author St. Martin's Press $18.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-03436-8
In 1984, 17-year-old Larry Swartz killed his foster parents in an Annapolis, Md., suburb. One of the couple's three adopted children, he was shy and emotionally undemonstrative. His background and the circumstances leading to murder are the thrust of this searching study by Baltimore Evening Sun reporter Walker, less a true-crime re-creation than the story of a tortured being. Larry was given up by his birth mother when he was two and shunted from family to family, none of them willing to cope with his increasing insecurity and alienation. At age six, he was adopted by Bob and Kay Swartz, a model church-going Catholic couple but severe and demanding of their children, the father's temper sometimes growing into physical abuse. Larry pleaded guilty to killing them and is now in Maryland's rehabilitative program at Patuxent correctional facility. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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