To those around him, David Hahn appeared to be just a nerdy kid who was really into chemistry. Even his parents and step-parents felt that it was just a hobby. It began with David as a young child, interested in anything mechanical. He loved to take things apart and put them back together. Then his step-grandfather gave him an out-of-date chemistry book, “The Golden Book Of Chemistry Experiments” by Robert Brent. It had been published in the era when everyone thought nuclear energy would save us from our dependence on fossil fuels. From that point on, David was obsessed with experimenting with elements, especially radioactive ones.
What amazed me throughout the book was that no one really caught on to what was happening. His parents, step-parents, grandparents, teachers, classmates and boy scout troupe all missed signs that young David was getting into serious trouble. It’s sad that not one person knew him well enough to see the danger he was in.