Cover image for Always in our hearts : the story of Amy Grossberg, Brian Peterson, and the baby they didn't want
Always in our hearts : the story of Amy Grossberg, Brian Peterson, and the baby they didn't want
Most, Doug.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Hackensack, NJ : Record Books ; Moorestown, NJ : Distributed by Koen Book Distributors, [1999]

Physical Description:
279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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HV6533.N3 M67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HV6533.N3 M67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Booklist Review

Most's account of how two intelligent, affluent teenagers coldheartedly murdered their newborn baby proves riveting. On November 12, 1996, high-school sweethearts and college freshmen Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson checked into a roadside Delaware motel under their own names. Sometime later, Amy gave birth to a six-pound baby boy. Brian took his child, placed it in a plastic garbage bag, and put the bag in an outside dumpster, in which it was found the next day after an extensive police search. Whether the baby was born alive and what caused its extensive skull fractures will never be known, according to Most, who covered the explosive story for a local newspaper. Based on interviews and police case files released after both teens had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, this is an evenhanded report on the well-publicized case. Ultimately, the tragic story proves only two things: ignoring a pregnancy, as Amy apparently tried to do, won't make it go away, and seemingly rational people are capable of irrational violence. --Sue-Ellen Beauregard

Publisher's Weekly Review

Most takes a sensational news story that he covered for the Record, a New Jersey newspaper, and draws from it one fairly tired lesson: parents, especially suburban parents who think that their kids are fine, have to make sure that the lines of communication are open between themselves and their children. In 1996, two 18-year-old college freshmen, Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson, made headlines after they checked into a Delaware motel where Grossberg subsequently delivered a baby boy whom Peterson wrapped in a plastic bag and threw in a Dumpster. Most recounts these events and the trial that followed in clear journalistic style, but his account suffers because he was unable to interview Grossberg, Peterson or any family members. He provides an interesting description of the upper-middle-class New Jersey suburb where the two lived and offers a few well-worn theories as to why they didn't tell their families about the pregnancy or seek help: wealthy parents give their children luxuries but don't teach them values; Peterson's parents were divorced; Grossberg was afraid of displeasing her mother. But Most's reliance on a court transcript of an interview with Grossberg's mother leads him to speculate excessively about her possible bad parenting while neglecting the three other parents involved and giving short shrift to the moral culpability of Grossberg and Peterson themselves. Illustrations not seen by PW. 25,000 first printing; first serial to New Jersey Monthly and Delaware Today; author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In 1996, after Amy Grossberg delivered a healthy baby boy in a motel room, her boyfriend, Brian Peterson, wrapped the infant in a garbage bag and threw him in a dumpster. For months, the young couple had denied the pregnancy, made appointments for abortions, and talked about how "it" had ruined their lives; when the time came, they handled the problem by getting rid of "it." Most, a reporter who covered the story and attended the court proceedings, presents his account objectively, careful to present the defense cases separately and to explain Grossberg's and Peterson's attorneys' strategies. He also includes information from experts who attempt to explain how two reasonably intelligent young people could commit infanticide and then claim they did nothing wrong. A recurring theme is almost as haunting as the crime itself: how could parents, counselors, teachers, and other adults have ignored Grossberg's pregnancy? With no one to speak for the victim, it's a question the author cannot answer. Engrossing and infuriating reading.‘Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie Cty. P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.