A World Without Tears: The Case of Charles Rothenberg

Hardcover | August 1, 1990

byHarry J. Gaynor

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On March 4, 1983, Charles Rothenberg deliberately set fire to the bed where his six-year-old son, David, lay sleeping. Although David did not die, his burns covered 90 percent of his body and left him severely disfigured. Rothenberg admitted his guilt and spent seven years in prison. This book is the troubled life story and in-depth study of Charles Rothenberg through over 140 letters, personal interviews and his own writings. The authors reach beyond the bizarre facts of this story and enter the mind and emotions of Rothenberg to gain some understanding of what led to this crime. They attempt to employ that understanding to find ways to protect children from such abuse.

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On March 4, 1983, Charles Rothenberg deliberately set fire to the bed where his six-year-old son, David, lay sleeping. Although David did not die, his burns covered 90 percent of his body and left him severely disfigured. Rothenberg admitted his guilt and spent seven years in prison. This book is the troubled life story and in-depth st...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 1990Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275936937

ISBN - 13:9780275936938

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"Harry J. Gaynor admits he spent many restless nights wondering whether he should have anything to do with a book about Charles Rothenberg, the former New York waiter who spent almost seven years in prison for severly burning his son, David, in a Buena Park motel room in 1983. As founder and president of the National Burn Victim Foundation in Orange, N.J., Gaynor has dedicated 16 years to problems associated with child abuse and neglect by burning, and he wasn't eager to jeopardize the foundation's reputation. I felt people would assume things--that we were an advocate for Charles Rothenberg, ' he says. God forbid if we should be an advocate of Charles Rothenberg.' As a co-author of A World Without Tears: The Case of Charles Rothenberg, ' Gaynor felt that a book that delves into the mind and background of a man who deliberately set fire to the room where his 6-year-old son slept would shed some light into the dark corners of child abuse.' . . . But Gaynor hopes people will look beyond their emotional response to what Rothenberg did and see the book's objective. To draw attention to child abuse by burning, which he likens to a runaway train. Says Gaynor: I'd like to see that train slowed down and stopped.'"-Los Angeles Times