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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 explosio 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.


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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 explosio 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.

30 review for God's Nobodies: Misguided Faith and Murder in the Life of One American Family

  1. 5 out of 5

    A.r.

    Short but extremely good! This was a novella sized book, but could easily have been longer. Never the less the author makes a good outline of the case, and it is not so much a criticism as a desire to read more! This is the story of Tim Ginocchetti, a young gay man who was relentlessly hassled and berated by his ultra-religious mother. She criticized Tim for his effeminate voice and mannerisms, ultimately questioning his sexuality which was condemned as a dreadful sin by their fundamentalist chu Short but extremely good! This was a novella sized book, but could easily have been longer. Never the less the author makes a good outline of the case, and it is not so much a criticism as a desire to read more! This is the story of Tim Ginocchetti, a young gay man who was relentlessly hassled and berated by his ultra-religious mother. She criticized Tim for his effeminate voice and mannerisms, ultimately questioning his sexuality which was condemned as a dreadful sin by their fundamentalist church. Tim was eventually driven to kill his mother. It was a brutal and bloody crime, and the horror of the victim should not be downplayed. However their is also sympathy for the killer who was mentally abused all his life, and can be seen to have been provoked to his final awful act. The author deals with his case sympathetically. He is highly critical of their strict Christian church, especially their preacher, Father Frank, who comes off as some sort of cult-like messiah. The attitudes of this congregation can be seen to have influenced the murderer who was desperate to fit in. Also mentioned in this book is Tim's brave and courageous grandmother, Ester, who stood up for him when he was convicted and helped shed light on the circumstances that led him to feel so alienated in his own home. She was shunned by the church for this infraction. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in true crime or religion and sexuality.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nickal

    As someone so closely related to this story I may be biased but I thank mark for telling our story! Everyone please read!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    One of the things that seems to me to be wrong in the USA is the inability of many of our citizens to see the variety of Creation and notice all the shades of gray in life. Unfortunately, conservative Christians are often drawn to leaders who will tell them the world is only black and white. (I am not talking about racial issues.) I am saddened by right-wing preachers who encourage their congregations to follow blindly, to not use the heads God gave them. Of course, there probably are good, cons One of the things that seems to me to be wrong in the USA is the inability of many of our citizens to see the variety of Creation and notice all the shades of gray in life. Unfortunately, conservative Christians are often drawn to leaders who will tell them the world is only black and white. (I am not talking about racial issues.) I am saddened by right-wing preachers who encourage their congregations to follow blindly, to not use the heads God gave them. Of course, there probably are good, conservative preachers who aren’t prideful and controlling. (I intend to acknowledge shades of gray even here.) This book offers a different kind of true crime book, if you will. The crime is certainly devastating, but the reaction of the church is the real crime. Christians say they seek to follow Jesus. There is something dreadfully sinful when they are following a mean-spirited preacher, instead. Yes, the book stirred me up; it also showed me that despite everything there were some who showed Christian love. That brought tears to my eyes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    A "Kindle Single" account of what led to a young man killing his mother and confessing on the spot. The terrible abuse that religion can inflict (and has inflicted) on gay people is portrayed through this one family ripped apart by the unwillingness to accept and undestand. A little sketchy on the details, but a worthwhile (if painful) read. A "Kindle Single" account of what led to a young man killing his mother and confessing on the spot. The terrible abuse that religion can inflict (and has inflicted) on gay people is portrayed through this one family ripped apart by the unwillingness to accept and undestand. A little sketchy on the details, but a worthwhile (if painful) read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Cobb

    For a short story this took me forever to read. The story was very interesting. I'm glad I read it. I definitely intend to spend sometime googling them later. But because of the straight forward reporting style to the writing, I would generally only make it a dozen or so pages before stopping (and going to sleep- I mostly read in bed). I also had kind of a hard time at first because I'm still reeling from the tragedy at Sandy Hook School. That went away quickly though, as they're very different. For a short story this took me forever to read. The story was very interesting. I'm glad I read it. I definitely intend to spend sometime googling them later. But because of the straight forward reporting style to the writing, I would generally only make it a dozen or so pages before stopping (and going to sleep- I mostly read in bed). I also had kind of a hard time at first because I'm still reeling from the tragedy at Sandy Hook School. That went away quickly though, as they're very different. So it was good and I liked it but it wasn't anything I couldn't put down

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janet Richards

    Given my religious background - I could relate to the unspoken pressure of the church a strong religious leader. But the book as a bit too unclear for me what exactly happened to make Tim explode and his mom neurosis. Perhaps if I had looked up the extra chapters online, but I was reading from my Kindle while sick and couldn't look them up and download them. I really felt for the grandmother, how tragic to be separated from her family over her loving decision to support her grandson. Given my religious background - I could relate to the unspoken pressure of the church a strong religious leader. But the book as a bit too unclear for me what exactly happened to make Tim explode and his mom neurosis. Perhaps if I had looked up the extra chapters online, but I was reading from my Kindle while sick and couldn't look them up and download them. I really felt for the grandmother, how tragic to be separated from her family over her loving decision to support her grandson.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie

    I bought this after reading about it in my Syracuse Newspaper. I did follow this case, as my husband was one of many fire fighters involved in the original situation. I am very glad I picked this up. 1. I was able to give my husband an "it was the Church" for why the fire departments were left out. I am so glad to read more about some of the Why's. I bought this after reading about it in my Syracuse Newspaper. I did follow this case, as my husband was one of many fire fighters involved in the original situation. I am very glad I picked this up. 1. I was able to give my husband an "it was the Church" for why the fire departments were left out. I am so glad to read more about some of the Why's.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Short read, well written true crime about a confused, tortured young man.....bullied and nagged at my his own mother to the point that he exploded. Truly she had no mother love in her! Bravo for the grandmother who is the only one who saw through this cult, sad that it did not change the outcome.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angelina Mckenna

    Fascinating and scary look at being excommunicated from a cult. This church really is a cult.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maryellen

    Interesting True Crime story about a cult like church and a boy who was mentally tortured to his breaking point. Worth the read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Fast-paced and compelling tale about religion, control, tragedy, and a grandmother battling for her grandson and for herself.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Austin Kirk

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    Carla

    So strange to think this happened so close to home, and to someone who was my age!

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    Eric

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