Homeless Come Home: An Advocate, the Riverbank, and Murder in Topeka, Kansas (Paperback)Benedict Giamo (author)
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David Owen defined his single-minded mission of touch Christian love, which he called ""Homeless Come Home,"" in terms of his belief that all homeless persons could and should be reunited with their families. He demanded that the homeless reenter society via telephone cards, cell phones, and their parents' front doors. Owen, who himself was disabled and had a history of legal and mental problems, would not take no for an answer. Many with whom he came in contact--pastors, social workers, legislators, police--feared that his fanatical dedication and aggressive approach ultimately would be his downfall. After police discovered his corpse on the bank of the Kansas River, four homeless persons who had been living in a nearby tent camp were charged with his kidnapping and felony murder.
Giamo explores Owen's actions and motives, the homeless community in Topeka, the social services available to them, and the separate trials of the co-defendants charged in his death. In doing so, he conveys the contention between social order and disorder and raises broader concerns regarding inequality, advocacy, and justice. The story is both fascinating and cautionary, a modern tragedy in which no one person can be identified as its cause.
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 332 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
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