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The Child I Never Was (2002)
"Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 June 2003 (USA)
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Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960's after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys... See full summary »

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Jürgen Bartsch, Older
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Jürgen Bartsch, Younger
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Gertrud Bartsch
Walter Gontermann ...
Gerhard Bartsch
Jürgen Christoph Kamcke ...
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Sebastian Rüger ...
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Stephan Szasz ...
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Roland Riebeling ...
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Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960's after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys. Told partly as recreation and partly as taped confession. Written by havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com

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"…sad glimpses of the stunted boy inside the beast"
24 November 2006 | by (Middle of Nowhere) – See all my reviews

Shocking as it may be – this movie shows a unique viewpoint of a boy/ young man- the storyline is full with possible answers to the question – why Jürgen committed the horrible crimes portrayed in the movie.

I can hardly believe that someone will see this movie and fill find the guilt in the only boy himself – the parents and the surroundings of Jürgen played their role too to shape his mentality. "…sad glimpses of the stunted boy inside the beast" was written in what review – and that seems to me the most important point of the film – but I wonder if too many people will be able to see trough …" The movie was disturbing indeed, especially since it is based on a true story. Some of the reviews I went trough about this movie were pointing out that the fact that Jürgen doesn't want to grow up is essential part of his "ill mentality " – and I strongly disagree with such opinion- what he did – those killings are evil , but they can not be associate with such desire of youthful life.


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