Crime reporter Mark Obbie chronicles the true story of the improbable murder of Pam Ginochetti by her meek, frail son Tim. Flipping the script of most tragic tales of young gay men, Tim expresses his violence not towards himself but to his greatest bully: his overbearing mother. Scott Aiello's dynamic performance enhances Obbie's in-depth research of the circumstances surrounding the Ginochetti saga, including the fervent religious community that clashes with Tim's inner turmoil, and the brave but lonely support that Tim's grandmother gives him. God's Nobodies is a fascinating and heartbreaking true-crime narrative.
Four years after his father died a hero's death fighting a fire, Tim Ginocchetti was behind bars for killing his mother. How one tragedy led to another is a true story that puts a horrifying twist on the familiar one of bullied gay teens. In this case, the bully was the teen's own mother, and instead of harming himself he killed her in a momentary but irreversible explosion of rage.
God’s Nobodies, written by veteran crime reporter Mark Obbie, exposes the destruction of a meek young man whose only refuge was a childlike fantasy world of his own imagination. His family's blind obedience to their minister compounded the losses, first by turning Pam Ginocchetti against her son, and then by turning the rest of Tim's family against his loving grandmother - the one person brave enough to take a stand for forgiveness and truth after Pam's death.
Through a searing and heartbreaking true-crime narrative, God’s Nobodies teaches profound lessons about tolerance and the human spirit's yearning for independence.
©2012 Mark Obbie (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This was an excellent listen! It details the tragic case of a young man continually bullied by his religious mother for not being "manly" enough. Later she was to question his sexuality (he was attracted to men, but never really identified as gay till after the murder). She relentlessly berated and ridiculed him for being too soft and effeminate. She and her fundamentalist cult-like church condemned him even before they even knew what to condemn him for (he was just a boy with a high voice). Eventually he snapped and killed his mother. Although this was a terribly brutal crime, it was not without provocation. He was held accountable for the murder, and rightly so, but one cannot help feeling sorry for the tragic life the perpetrator had to lead.
I was a little put off by the length of this audiobook because I have been burned by short true crimes "audiobooks" before. However I would assuage anyone's doubts by saying that this is just as good as any full-length true crime, both in the quality of writing and in the production values. One hopes that the author can get more audiobooks produced in the future whether they be short or novel sized. I would highly recommend this for true crime fans, or anyone interested in religion and sexuality.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
This is a sympathetic recounting of a bright and promising young man's struggle, his mother's misguided attempts to do the best for him, and a controlling (or out-of-control) church. The sad story unfolds to its almost inevitable tragic end where everyone loses - heartbreaking, but well worth reading.
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