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A World without tears : the story of Charles Rothenberg : an analysis
Gaynor, Harry J.
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New York : Praeger, [1990]

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136 pages ; 24 cm
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HV6248.R69 G39 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The story of the troubled life of Charles Rothenberg told through over 140 letters, personal interviews and his own writings. In 1983 Rothenberg set fire to the bed where his son was sleeping. The authors attempt to understand this crime and apply that understanding to protecting other children.

Author Notes

HARRY J. GAYNOR is President of the National Burn Victim Foundation.

JACK WILSON is Senior Pastor of Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Essex Fells, New Jersey.

ANDREW SAVICKY is Psychology Director at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Delmont, New Jersey.

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In a superficial analysis of a child-abuse case in which a father set fire to his six-year-old son in Buena Park, Calif., in 1983--resulting in near-fatal burns and disfigurement--Gaynor, president of the National Burn Victims Foundation, Evangelical pastor Wilson and prison psychologist Savicky attribute Rothenberg's act to low self-esteem and a flawed conscience resulting from his deprived childhood. Stealing and forging checks, he sought to ``buy'' affection while claiming, in a self-serving account excerpted here, that the money was needed to answer family obligations. The guilt-ridden born-again Christian father further justifies what he describes as a failed double suicide as an effort to spare his son the trauma of being taken from him by a shrewish wife and mother. After serving seven years in prison, Rothenberg has been paroled. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

IntroductionHarry Gaynor and Jack Wilson and Andrew Savicky and Charles Rothenberg
The Early Years Transition Living on the Edge
Analysis IJack Wilson and Andrew Savicky and Charles Rothenberg Struggles
Analysis IIJack Wilson and Andrew Savicky and Charles Rothenberg Tragedy
Analysis IIIJack Wilson and Andrew Savicky: Child Abuse Formula Harry Gaynor: Summary
AppendixAndrew Savicky
Human Figure Drawings Complete the Sentence TestHarry Gaynor
Parental Factors in Child Abuse Risk Factors in Abused Children Help Information Update on Charles Rothenberg