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By Ken Corbett | Comments: ( 407 ) | Date: ( May 30, 2020 )

A psychologist s gripping, troubling, and moving exploration of the brutal murder of a possibly transgender middle school student by an eighth grade classmate On Feb 12, 2008, at E O Green Junior High in Oxnard, CA, 14 year old Brandon McInerney shot and killed his classmate, Larry King, who had recently begun to call himself Leticia and wear makeup and jewelry to scA psychologist s gripping, troubling, and moving exploration of the brutal murder of a possibly transgender middle school student by an eighth grade classmateOn Feb 12, 2008, at E O Green Junior High in Oxnard, CA, 14 year old Brandon McInerney shot and killed his classmate, Larry King, who had recently begun to call himself Leticia and wear makeup and jewelry to school Profoundly shaken by the news, and unsettled by media coverage that sidestepped the issues of gender identity and of race integral to the case, psychologist Ken Corbett traveled to LA to attend the trial As visions of victim and perpetrator were woven and unwoven in the theater of the courtroom, a haunting picture emerged not only of the two young teenagers, but also of spectators altered by an atrocity and of a community that had unwittingly gestated a murder Drawing on firsthand observations, extensive interviews and research, as well as on his decades of academic work on gender and sexuality, Corbett holds each murky facet of this case up to the light, exploring the fault lines of memory and the lacunae of uncertainty behind facts Deeply compassionate, and brimming with wit and acute insight, A Murder Over a Girl is a riveting and stranger than fiction drama of the human psyche.


  • Title: A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High
  • Author: Ken Corbett
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  • Page: 200
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Ken Corbett

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy He maintains a private practice in New York City and consults internationally His writings and interviews about gender, sexuality, art, and psychotherapy appear in academic journals as well as in magazines, newspapers, websites, and on television He is the author of the critically acclaimed Boyhoods Rethinking Masculinities and the forthcoming A Murder Over a Girl.Praise for A Murder Over a Girl Profound and disturbing, this heartbreaking testimony of our culture s worst fissures suggests that understanding is the only way to heal Publishers Weekly starred review Harrowing, humane, and utterly engaging, A Murder Over a Girl is a triumph of storytelling, delivering deep insight into gender and adolescence while drawing us into a fascinating narrative It is a book very much of the moment, but at its heart it is a classic tale of human emotion Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid Thief Ken Corbett was put on earth to write this stunning book, now, at a moment in our history when we need him to be our secret agent, our witness, our guide inside the maelstrom of this mad hatter court Peter Carey, Booker Prize winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang With great compassion, insight, and care, Corbett takes us to the scene in which one transgendered child s daring and vibrant bid to become a girl met with the murderous rage of a boy well taught in holding and using a gun A murdered girl is gone, a nearly undocumented life, yet her spectre lives on in this remarkable book, a narration that enters us into the minds of those who make hatred into a form of pernicious reasoning A Murder Over a Girl is about youth culture, gender, school, and the failures of the legal system, about cunning reversals in argument whereby murderers are cast as victims, and the traces of the dead are nearly effaced Corbett does justice to this death and to this life precisely on the occasion, the trial, when legal justice failed her, with a book both intelligent and loving, exposing a world tragically lacking in those very qualities, calling upon us all to intervene to halt gender violence before it begins Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble Ken Corbett corrals the chaos and trauma of the King murder trial into a riveting story of the cratered minds that result from, and perpetrate, violence With an analyst s attunement, he also takes us beyond the courtroom, imagining his way into the lives and minds of Brandon McInerney and Leticia King with nuance and tremendous compassion He gives a devastating account of the emotional landscapes of the school, the families, and the communities in which both murderer and victim were and were not held Corbett s determination that this crime be named and these lives be told results in a powerful and heartbreaking book Gayle Salamon, author of Assuming a Body Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality There are events that break out of a culture as illness breaks out of a body Ken Corbett has written an account of a crime yes, a trial yes, a tragedy, but he has also perceived a way for us to comprehend the gender dis ease just below our cultural skin This is a brilliant and necessary book Marie Howe, author of What the Living Do and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time



Comments A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High

  • Garrett

    I wanted this book to be better than it was. It's good, and a searing look at LGBT violence, hatred, guns, and kids of a certain age and how completely fucked as a group our attitudes toward most of these things are, and how far into the cocked hat things go when they're all combined into one case. It could have been excellent, if it weren't for Dr. Ken's florid-to-melodramatic prose often sucks the emotional resonance out of things, and while I respect his place in his own story, his perspectiv [...]


  • Kaethe

    A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High - Ken Corbett The title suggests two people fighting over someone they both like. But no. A fourteen-year-old boy brings a gun to school and shoots a fifteen-year-old girl in the back of the head in class. It was a hate crime: Brandon murdered Leticia because she was Black and because she had only recently begun transitioning from a boy, a transition which the school actively fought. Black lives matter. Trans lives matter. I’ll just keep on wi [...]


  • Anna

    Review forthcoming in Library Journal. Psychologist Corbett bears witness to the trial of Brandon McInerney for the murder of junior high school classmate Larry/Leticia King, exploring the psychological and social fault-lines of masculinity, racism, and anxieties around gender and sexual expression. Absent the voices of the two main players -- Leticia/Larry was dead and Brandon McInerney never told his own story in court or elsewhere --Corbett is left to piece together the psychology of McInerne [...]


  • zaheerah

    ~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~Ken Corbett recounts the 2008/2011 trial of Brandon McInerney for shooting his 15-year-old classmate Larry King during their middle-school English class in 2008. He analyses the shooter, Brandon, chronicling the events of the courtroom as they reveal information that Brandon was exhibiting white supremacist ideals that led him to shoot Larry King.As a person who barely knew anything about the murder of Larry King- the first I had heard [...]


  • Robert Mark

    Book event at Skylight Books in Los Angeles featuring Ken Corbett and his newly released Social Science Book “A Murder Over A Girl”. Ken and I spent almost nine weeks in the same courtroom for this trial not knowing or speaking to each other due to Court Jury Rules. I was there as a Juror for this trial and he was always sitting in the visitor section compiling information for the book. We met for the first time Friday night at this book discussion and signing. Great experience for me becaus [...]


  • Sarah -

    I was far more interested in the trial and the event itself, than the author's personal experience. The reactions and statements from some of the teachers and jury members are infuriating. The murderer should have been charged with first-degree murder. This was not Leticia's fault. She did not cause her own death.


  • Whitney

    Full review with images here: brownbooksandgreentea/2016Rating: 4 out of 5 starsShort Review: Ken Corbett transplants readers into the Courtroom 41, to track Brandon McInerney, a teenager on trial for murdering his trans classmate. It’s a fascinating, yet emotionally taxing, examination of how identity informs and shapes courtroom politics.In 2008, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot his classmate twice in the head at close range while in the computer lab. The classmate, Lawrence “Larry” Ki [...]


  • Jason

    Devastating. Gender, cultural, racial and socioeconomic concerns aside, this is an incredibly tragic story of one deeply messed up kid murdering an equally messed up kid and a community's utter failure at understanding the event in any sort of meaningful way. Essentially the book deals with how the murder of a transgender boy of color by a violent, troubled white boy with white supremacist sympathies was processed by the media, the court and the citizens of a small beach community as the underst [...]


  • Susan

    This book examines the murder of 15-year-old Larry King, a black teen who shortly before his death had began dressing with feminine touches to his school uniform and asking to be called Leticia, by 14-year-old white student Brandon McInerney. Making this murder even more shocking is the fact that Brandon took a gun from home, hid it in his backpack to take to school the next day, transferred in without being seen in school to the pocket of his sweatshirt and later took it out when in a computer [...]


  • Jackie Rogers

    Wanted to read this book by a psychologist in order to better understand gender identity. Is about two young guys, one black one white, who are at odds due to not understanding each other. Larry is a boy thinking he is meant to be a girl. Brandon is a boy who murders Larry. We humans tend to destroy that which is different and that which we dont understand Mr. Corbett is attending the trial for research to write this book. The trial was a farce as the jury is manipulated by the attorneys who wan [...]


  • Maynard

    Ken Corbett's "A Murder Over A Girl" is required reading for anyone who wants to better his or her understanding of our inability to overcome our pre-determined biases and prejudices. This is a true story about a young boy, Larry, who is struggling with his gender identification. And the hate that is bred by another young boy at their Junior High School who is threatened and frightened by Larry, who he identifies as gay, a fag and a faggot. His hate eventually leads to murder in the classroom. B [...]


  • Danielle Mootz

    3.5 starsTrue story of the murder of teenage Larry "Leticia" King by classmate Brandon McIerney. Written by the psychologist who follows and attends the court proceedings. The book unfolds as the court case proceeds with interviews and casual conversations with all the people who coke together as a result of this terrible act. The author explores race, gender identity, sexuality as they play into the course b of events.


  • Mrs. Danvers

    I'm rounding up from 4 1/2 stars. The empathy exhibited by Corbett for Leticia warms my heart even though this is such a tragic account.


  • Rachel

    A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High by Ken Corbett. Henry Holt & Company: New York (2016).Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt. Random House: New York (2015).Friday afternoon I started reading these two books, beginning with Becoming Nicole. Before dawn Sunday morning while I was about half way through A Murder Over a Girl, I went online to check my email and found that what was to become the largest mass shooting in America had just occu [...]


  • Scot

    A very important story that needs to be told, helping us fathom how the complex intertwining of several cultural markers--such as race, class, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity -- for both the victim and the assailant in a junior high school classroom in Los Angeles led to a senseless murder, a young life cut short way too soon. We follow the court case as documented and recounted by a child counselor, and it is both troubling and illuminating. The aspect I had some issues with was th [...]


  • Marietta

    Probably the best thing I've "read" so far this year. (I listened to the audio book from my public library.) Listening to the book made it both easier and more difficult - easier in that I was able to take in larger amounts of the narrative at one time, as I listened while running and while commuting; more difficult in that there were times when I wasn't sure the author's intonation was exactly what I would have heard in my head while reading quotes from other people. Ken Corbett has a very dist [...]


  • Atlantis

    Heartbreaking and with no true answers this tragic story exemplifies the need for better relationships between everyone- ( i.e. parents-children; school-parents and children - school.) I found compassion for both sides of this story and while the conclusion may have brought legal justice it couldn't resolve the issue that started it.


  • Brian Kovesci

    I wish the author would have spent more time talking about his area of expertise. I felt like there was too much detail at times, it came across as dull.Crazy story, though. That poor young trans person. So tragic.


  • Seri

    I read this hoping to learn more about transgender issues. In the end, it did have some thought-provoking moments. Unfortunately, it also dragged a bit and was hampered by the purple writing.


  • Trish

    Interesting , sad


  • M.

    Maybe 3.5? 3.75? Corbett leads us through the crime itself (Leticia/Larry King's murder) and the complexities of the trial with clarity and compassion for both the victim and the perpetrator (though his compassion for Brandon has its limits (as does my own)); connecting and disentangling the various issues at play: i.e the ways in which Brandon McInerney's killing of Leticia/Larry King was motivated by, or at least supported by, white supremacy and its foundations in white cisheteromasculinity a [...]


  • Neal

    3.5 starsKen Corbett's recent book A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High follows the story of a young California teenager who is on trial for the murder of a classmate. That classmate, once known as Larry, had, in the last days of her life, come to self-identify as Leticia. She had, to some, described herself as a trans girl and seemed to be questioning and experimenting with how to outwardly be true to her inner self. Based on the evidence presented during the trial and in the book [...]


  • Emily

    Very well researched and thought provoking. This book discusses the murder of 14 year old Larry King and the subsequent trial of his fellow classmate that shot and killed him. All over a dress, feminine accessories, and sexual orientation. It's beyond sad but I'm glad this event is still being discussed - it's so important, especially given our current political climate.


  • Ford

    Something to read. Like most all true crime books it gets slow during the recap of the trial.


  • Robertzrah

    A Murder Over A Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior HighBy Ken CorbettSeveral days before Valentine’s Day 2008, in an 8th grade California classroom, a 14 year old student drew out his gun, carefully took aim, and fired two shots into the back of the head of fellow student Larry King. The murderer is white, carried around books about Nazism, and had been known to sympathize with local white supremacist groups; the victim was biracial, and though previously identifying himself as gay had several days [...]


  • DeborahCleaves

    A sorry disappointment. I expected insightful analysis, not maundering narcissism. Perhaps he might have been more in the ballpark if he had understood a thing or two about the relatives whom he misidentifies as Mulhardts instead of Maulhardts, a German founding family of the city in which the events occurred. He picks out the father and his family for special indictment without admitting that the mother's family also contributed to the outcome. He has no clue about the community in which the ev [...]


  • Sunsettowers

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book, or my review itself.This was a frustrating, heartbreaking, infuriating, tragic, terrifying read that I could not put down. It is the situation the readers must engage with-the murder of a young transgender girl, in her classroom, by a young male classmate-that brings up all these emotions. As a teacher myself, and an ally for LGBT rights, the idea that people could not o [...]


  • Amanda Morgan

    This book chronicles the trial of 14-year-old Brandon who is accused of first degree murder in a hate crime against his 15-year-old transgender classmate named Larry/Leticia in 2011 in California. It's no wonder this book reads like somewhat of a research paper due to the fact the author is a psychologist who studies boyhood behavior based out of NYC. This murder caught the attention of the author and he decided to travel to CA to observe the trial and speak to as many key players and family mem [...]


  • Caitlyn

    The idea behind the book is good. This court case and murder got little media attention and there are so many complicated themes at play.Lgbt, transgender, child abuse, poverty, racism, racist groups education system failure, familial unit failure, safety net failure, how to deal with children who commit serious crimes, juvenile justice, etcThere are a lot of complicated things that made this case interesting. One middle schooler shot another one and killed him or her but why is the question. Th [...]


  • Crime Traveller

    The shocking murder of 15 year old Larry King, a teenager struggling with his gender identity, by his fellow classmate 14 year old Brandon McInerney in 2008 in California raised some challenging questions.Larry King was shot dead in front of his class and teacher in a shooting said to be motivated by his perceived gender orientation. Ken Corbett, a clinical psychologist, followed this trial in order to write A Murder Over A Girl which explores how the case was treated in the courtroom, the issue [...]


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