#truecrime https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Femme Fatale of the Australian Underworld, Leigh Straw https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/angel-death-dulcie-markham-femme-fatale-australian-underworld-leigh-straw <div data-history-node-id="15157" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Femme Fatale of the Australian Underworld, Leigh Straw </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, July 14, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Dulcie Markham might have been known as "deadly to know" according to newspaper accounts from the time, but all these years later, it's more striking how little is really known about a woman who was notorious at the time. Coming from the same era as Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, Markham was young when she left home, got involved in the Sydney underworld of the 1920's, and young (only 62) when she died. She lived a life blighted by violence, and loss, a prostitute by the age of 15, a gangster's "moll" by 18, she saw multiple lovers and/or husbands stabbed and gunned down; she was charged with conspiracy to murder in 1947. Frequent court appearances, moves from state to state in Australia, didn't keep Markham safe though - she was shot in the hip in 1951, in the same attack that killed a then boyfriend.</p> <p>A wild ride needless to say. Although, as is often the way with these sorts of books, particularly when they are about women, there are known facts - like charges, court appearances, the newspaper reports of deaths and the violence to which she was witness, but not a lot about Dulcie's inner thoughts, reactions or motivations. She didn't give interviews, she didn't make comments, she didn't go on the record at all. Reading the events of her life, setting them in the context of the Razor Gang times, and the Sydney of violence, drugs and standover merchants, Straw makes an interesting observation:</p> <blockquote> <p>Women lead complex, diverse and varied lives. Dulcie Markham epitomises the girl who refuses to fit in, the young woman with a drug problem who seeks solace in people she thinks can protect her, the sex worker who sees herself as a representation of femininity and not a fall from it, and the resilient woman who after all her years of living a life ‘on the wrong side of the tracks’ decides to get out and lead a quieter existence.</p> </blockquote> <p>There's still quite a bit of Markham's life that remains unknown - a daughter that may or may not exist, eventual retirement from the gangster life and a home and husband in the Sydney suburbs, which ended in tragedy in a house fire in 1976 that killed her.</p> <p>The tricky part of reading this book was decided what to make of Markham herself. Was she a victim of the circumstances of her birth, was she a woman who made the best of the bad cards dealt to her, was she a willing participant or a pawn in the wider criminality of the time? Without her word, the reader is left to their own devices in making a decision.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/angel-death-dulcie-markham-femme-fatale-australian-underworld-leigh-straw" data-a2a-title="Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Femme Fatale of the Australian Underworld, Leigh Straw"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fangel-death-dulcie-markham-femme-fatale-australian-underworld-leigh-straw&amp;title=Angel%20of%20Death%3A%20Dulcie%20Markham%2C%20Femme%20Fatale%20of%20the%20Australian%20Underworld%2C%20Leigh%20Straw"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15118" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/angel-death-dulcie-markham-femme-fatale-australian-underworld" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/angel-death.jpg?itok=CL7YFzNK" width="144" height="220" alt="Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Femme Fatale of the Australian Underworld" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/leigh-straw" hreflang="en">Leigh Straw</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">1460710770</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The newspapers called her 'Australia's most beautiful bad woman' and she was deadly to know...</p> <p>This is the story of 'Pretty' Dulcie Markham, a key figure of the underworld of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, who, according to one crime reporter, 'saw more violence and death than any other woman in Australia's history'. Nicknamed the 'Black Widow' and 'Angel of Death' by the crooks, reporters and police who knew her best, Dulcie's lovers were stabbed and gunned down in the most violent years of Australian crime, the 1920s to the 1950s.</p> <p>Not always by her ... </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3571" hreflang="en">#australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5115" hreflang="en">Angel of Death</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5103" hreflang="en">Leigh Straw</a></div> 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https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/angel-death-dulcie-markham-femme-fatale-australian-underworld-leigh-straw#comments The First Time He Hit Her https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/first-time-he-hit-her <div data-history-node-id="15142" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The First Time He Hit Her </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, July 10, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Testament to the recent societal understanding that to observe the presence of coercive control in an intimate relationship is to witness ‘a murder in slow motion’, THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER is an exhaustive examination of the events that preceded the death of a young Australian mother in 2015.  (I am hesitant to say ‘led up to the death’ as this removes the responsibility of humane choice away from Tara Costigan’s killer). </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>What is common once again from the stories of Tara’s family and friends is that none expected things to go so far, even though on the day of the murder itself some felt that Tara should not be alone.  Tara Costigan had recently issued an Apprehended Violence Order against her former partner, the volcanic and controlling Marcus Rappel.  Having just experienced two of the most vulnerable stages in a woman’s life (pregnancy and childbirth) Tara was also traversing through another extremely dangerous time – the days immediately after ending her relationship with a man.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There’s many, many viewpoints in this true crime examination as Tara Costigan was not a person in isolation.  Tara came from a large family and had a solid circle of friends, though she had been distanced from many before her murder due to her increasingly turbulent domestic situation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Author Heidi Lemon includes herself in her debut work THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER so it is a much more personal read of Australia’s great shame. The author is cinematic in her descriptions of events both as she experiences them during the writing of this book and as she documents the accounts of everyone who now grieves for Tara Costigan.  The visual placement is excellent, with all the pieces of the drama laid out in such a way that the reader is able to see how each family member had concerns, however fleeting, about the vulnerable Tara and her three children.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As a reviewer who consumes a lot of true crime stories both via books and digital content (audio books, streaming television, podcasts) I was in two minds about the deliberate choice of inclusions from the author’s own past.   They do however serve to remind the reader that these experiences are not uncommon to Australian women. The horrendous scourge that is the prevalence of domestic violence in Australian society is not going to go away without major societal and legal re-forms.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER as a complete work does much to inform the reader of how we need to re-define what is domestic violence. A hand does not need to be raised – the slow erosion of a person’s self by another is considered a crime in many European countries, and it is well overdue that such deterrents are introduced into the Australian judicial system.  What-ifs are not entertained, more implied in THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER and this serves to encourage its readers to question the relationships they might have witnessed or experienced in their own histories.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>An accomplished and resolute debut, THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER was written by first time Australian author Heidi Lemon.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/first-time-he-hit-her" data-a2a-title="The First Time He Hit Her"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Ffirst-time-he-hit-her&amp;title=The%20First%20Time%20He%20Hit%20Her"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15136" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/first-time-he-hit-her-heidi-lemon" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20first%20time%20he%20hit%20her.jpg?itok=yvHn9f3L" width="144" height="220" alt="Tara&#039;s face with over text" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/heidi-lemon" hreflang="en">Heidi Lemon</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780733643767</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Tara Costigan was the woman next door. A hard worker. Quick to laugh and easy to like. She was happy, confident, strong. A woman who always looked after herself and her kids. Close with her family and her friends, she was much loved. Then, in 2013, she met Marcus Rappel. A local tradie, he was charming and sincere, they dated and fell in love. That should have been the end of a happy-ever-after story. But for Tara, it was much uglier. And for her family it would be devastating.</p> <p>A year later, Tara was pregnant to Marcus. Her family had been worried for a while, but Tara didn't tell anyone how Marcus's jealousy was souring the relationship. She tried to keep it quiet. Despite everything, she never imagined he would be physically violent - he would never hurt her.</p> <p>Tara was wrong. One fine day, the last day of summer in 2015, she was holding their newborn baby in her arms when he attacked her with an axe. Her murder seemed to come out of the blue. But as this extraordinary, often shocking book reveals, it did not.</p> <p><em>THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER</em> is an attempt to understand why dozens of women are murdered each year by men who profess to love them.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5082" hreflang="en">#debut</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--10--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--10--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--10--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-02047a8d9e877490d696530c7e8b47c0456782e5a111af5b9bcc83f4986fa1eb"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/first-time-he-hit-her" hreflang="en">The First Time He Hit Her</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, July 10, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15142&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="KcCcCggmwG8wmZ7L4pzo8tvYw1SEGScBOV9cRlhASsg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:49:55 +0000 Andrea Thompson 15142 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/first-time-he-hit-her#comments Call me God, Jim and Tim Clemente https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/call-me-god-jim-and-tim-clemente <div data-history-node-id="15076" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Call me God, Jim and Tim Clemente </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, May 8, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong>In October 2002, the US districts of Maryland, Colombia and Virginia were under attack.</strong>  Driveby sniper shootings were occurring in all sorts of locations - schools, petrol stations, convenience stores, front yards. Nowhere was safe. The FBI and state police scrambled all available to deal with the random attacks and initial thoughts as to who the sniper might be were way, way off. Call me God is an audio documentary of the DC sniper investigations as put together by two investigators who were there, brothers FBI Special Agent Tim Clemente and FBI Profiler Jim Clemente.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Perhaps like me, you recall this case but not being American, might be a bit sketchy on the details. What stood out back then was the fact that the sniper was found to be two shooters working together. This flew against all the known suppositions of the time that serial killers operated alone.  Also, that the garden variety American US serial killer was more likely to be a white male.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you have someone in your life who is being stubbornly resistant to jumping on the audio entertainment bandwagon, this long form podcast/audio documentary might just pique their interest.  Call me God is a gripping collection of transcripts, emergency calls, witness recollections and survivor testimonies that inform in a way that no two hour screen documentary ever could.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Narrated with assurance by ex FBI Agent Maureen O’Connell, Call me God is one of the most tense listening experiences you can have with your earpods in. As events unfold, the Clementes relay what their own professional assessments were at the time, and include personal anecdotes of what that meant for people who lived in the area. One example of this was Tim Clemente’s wife and kids who pulled out of a service station minutes before another driver was shot behind them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>True crime fans know the work of former FBI profiler and former New York city prosecutor Jim Clemente from the podcast ‘Real Crime Profile’, or perhaps as a writer/producer with the NBC crime drama ‘Criminal Minds’.  Jim Clemente has impeccable credentials for this kind of audio documentary, and his own past professional involvement with the DC snipers case adds a whole new perceptive level to Call me God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Looking back through a more educated lens now in 2020, with the knowledge that many mass shootings have domestic abuse as the first or intended crime - surprise surprise, so did the shootings of 2002.  Call me God collates from the first shooting victim right through to families witnessing the state sanctioned execution of the adult shooter. Giving voice to the victims, each shooting is life lost and possibilities severed. The families are given a chance to tell listeners what was taken from them and hearing this in their own voices is incredibly moving.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Call me God: The Untold Story of the DC Sniper Investigation is a 7 hour audio book/documentary available via <a href="https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Call-Me-God-Audiobook/B07Z5B7SZX">Audible</a>. (If you do not yet have an Audible account, you will need to sign up as a member to receive this book as a free download).</span></span></span></p></div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/call-me-god-jim-and-tim-clemente" data-a2a-title="Call me God, Jim and Tim Clemente"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fcall-me-god-jim-and-tim-clemente&amp;title=Call%20me%20God%2C%20Jim%20and%20Tim%20Clemente"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15075" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/call-me-god-jim-and-tim-clemente" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/call%20me%20god%20book%20cover.jpg?itok=3xYpSDZZ" width="220" height="220" alt="black background over man&#039;s face" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jim-and-tim-clemente" hreflang="en">Jim and Tim Clemente</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B07XTNPTJ1</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span>Aspen Hill, Maryland. Northgate Plaza.</span></p> <p><span>5:20 PM.</span></p> <p><span>Inside Michael’s craft supply store, cashier Ann Chapman rings up another customer. Then it happens. A loud crack; a gust of wind; the light in register five goes dark.</span></p> <p><span>Over the next 23 days, the entire DC area will be thrust into a reign of terror unprecedented in American history. Sniper attacks targeting and murdering everyday citizens will bring the entire region to its knees, as a nation still reeling from the recent attacks of 9/11 and the anthrax scare, are forced to confront a new type of brutal assault—this time in their own backyard. As law enforcement grapples with the mass carnage and chaos, media’s ravenous 24-hour cycle amplifies the very real fear, while steadily pumping new theories and bad leads onto a paralyzed public desperate for it all to end.</span></p> <p><span>But who can stop it? And exactly how?</span></p> <p><span>Call Me God is the never-before-told story of the fascinating and turbulent investigation that led to the diabolical and elusive killers' capture; one that pitted protocol against instinct, sacred institutions against individual insight. Told firsthand by those few who had the vision and expertise to solve it, and including a fascinating look into the behavioral, ballistic, forensic, and electronic analysis vital to cracking the case, FBI agent brothers Jim Clemente (former FBI behavioral profiler) and Tim Clemente (former FBI counter-terrorism expert) take us through every facet and flaw of a nationwide manhunt that pressure tested nearly every aspect of law enforcement capabilities—and its glaring vulnerabilities.</span></p> <p><span>Anchored by harrowing accounts from victims, intimate conversations with family members of those deceased, as well as candid accounts from those who knew the perpetrators best, relive the haunting events of the DC Sniper attack and piece together a true crime phenomenon that's impact can still be felt today.</span></p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div 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class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Fallen, Lucie Morris-Marr </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, October 1, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>FALLEN by Lucie Morris-Marr has the sub-heading "The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell". I freely admit to being interested in what happened with the mistrial, the trial that found Pell guilty of five counts of child abuse, the sentencing hearing, the appeal, and what will happen now that his legal team have sought leave to appeal to the High Court, so it was that sub-heading that made me want to read this book. I'm acutely aware that these events, this trial, and the history of the church have massive ramifications, equally I'm aware of comments from some survivors who have questioned Morris-Marr's tactics and intentions.</p> <p>With all of that in mind, there were some aspects of FALLEN that provided insight, and there were elements that disappointed. Having read CARDINAL by Louise Milligan way back before Pell's charging, I can't help but reflect that, to this reader, that was a book that covered the lead up to charges and the survivors and their stories with compassion and respect. Something that felt like it sometimes went missing in FALLEN. Why it was felt necessary to open with the story of a blatant pursuit of a survivor's story, in the face of what was obviously great reluctance on her part, I've no idea. Even if her story has been part of what's blown the lid off the full extent of crimes and cover-ups, surely, door-stopping her was bad enough. But retelling that encounter in this book felt wrong, manipulative and intrusive, even if it had been intended to show the tactics of Morris-Marr's then employer. Undoubtedly, the author's treatment by the Herald Sun and her coming up against the power of the cardinal-apologist Bolt would have been infuriating and frightening, but it didn't need the potentially identifying outing of the survivor's story all over again. </p> <p>FALLEN, unlike the many other books I've read that address the ongoing scandal of clerical sexual abuse, left me conflicted. Perhaps it comes back, always to that sub-heading. Maybe if it hadn't started out talking about a woman who clearly did not wish to be outed as a survivor, then it could have come across as slightly less self-serving in places. The inside story of the secret trial and conviction were the most illuminating aspects of the book, and whilst you cannot deny that the steps taken by the church and its apologists to cover up, obfuscate, or make a headline from the personal pain of so many were breathtaking in the brazenness and their viciousness, maybe it's a question of timing or telegraphing your intent. Those stories undoubtedly have some place in a retelling, but here, it ended up feeling intrusive and wrongly skewed. </p> <p>Having said that, when Morris-Marr sticks to the events in the courtroom she provides some insight into the machinations of the trial, the conduct of the Trial Judge, and the difficulties that the juries obviously experienced in both trials. I must admit I don't share her dismay at not being able to view a transcript of the testimony of the key witness, just as I don't believe the ridiculous viewpoints of "commentators" from outside the system who seem to have in-depth knowledge of testimony that only the court and the jury were privy to. FALLEN does remind us, however, of the importance of the jury system, and the vital part that the courts, and the laws of evidence and procedure play. She provides glimpses into the demeanour of Pell himself, and that of his supporters. She also provides some insight into the ramifications of the charges and trial in the heart of the Vatican itself, and the affect that the trial had on the entire journalist group covering it. <br />  </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/fallen-lucie-morris-marr" data-a2a-title="Fallen, Lucie Morris-Marr"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Ffallen-lucie-morris-marr&amp;title=Fallen%2C%20Lucie%20Morris-Marr"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14778" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/fallen-0" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/fallen_0.jpg?itok=OOkWJ1XR" width="144" height="220" alt="Fallen: The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/lucie-morris-marr" hreflang="en">Lucie Morris-Marr</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B07PFHSMS8</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There was an eerie silence in the packed courtroom as everyone looked towards the foreman of the jury. 'Guilty' he pronounced five times. </p> <p>The third most senior Catholic cleric in the world had been found guilty of sex crimes against children, bringing shame to the Church on a scale never seen before in its history. </p> <p>Investigative journalist Lucie Morris-Marr was the first to break the story that Cardinal George Pell was being investigated by the police. In this riveting dispatch, she recounts how the cleric was trailed by a cloud of scandal as he rose to the most senior ranks of the church in Australia, all the way to his appointment by Pope Francis to the position of treasurer in the Vatican.</p> <p>Despite anger and accusations, it seemed nothing could stop George Pell. Yet in 2017 he was charged by detectives, returning to Australia to face trial.</p> <p>Take a front row seat in court with the author as she reveals the many intriguing developments in the secret legal proceedings which the media could not report at the time. Fallen reveals the full story of the brutal battle waged by the prince of the church as he fought to clear his name, including a ferocious bid to be freed from jail. The author also shares her own compelling personal journey investigating the biggest story of her career and the frequent attacks she endured from powerful Pell supporters. This book also charts how Pell's shocking conviction plunged the Vatican into an unprecedented global crisis after decades of clergy abuse cases. </p> <p>It is a vitally important story that will fascinate anyone interested in the failure of the Catholic Church to address the canker in its heart.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4822" hreflang="en">Fallen</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3281" hreflang="en">A Reluctant Warrior</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--20--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--20--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--20--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-c55c3f93295386377587a9d47f6e5e0a16cfe1da9378d873d84e42634db74c1c"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/fallen-lucie-morris-marr" hreflang="en">Fallen, Lucie Morris-Marr</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, October 1, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14793&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="QBn3aZFS-13KqZNBAU72QojZ8zOxG3AxBkAni2zN6XA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 01 Oct 2019 05:02:29 +0000 Karen 14793 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/fallen-lucie-morris-marr#comments Walking Towards Thunder, Peter Fox https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/walking-towards-thunder-peter-fox <div data-history-node-id="14784" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Walking Towards Thunder, Peter Fox </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, September 23, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I can't pretend, even for a moment, that I'm able to dispassionately review a book like WALKING TOWARDS THUNDER. This is a very personal story about Peter Fox's ethical and moral stance against an institution lacking in both of those traits. Actively avoiding those traits, if the revelations in this book are anything to go by.</p> <p>Reading this book you will see the power and might of the church and it's accolytes. The "mafia" it unleashes against those who see the corruption, the scandal, the abuse and the crimes and want to do something about it, is breathtaking both in it's commitment to the "cause" and it's bloody mindedness. You really have to stop and think long and hard about the sort of world we live in - one where an institution can be so cavalierly above the people who support it, and the lives and wellbeing of the children that are thrust into that world (by the adults around them after all) are less important, less valued ... just less overall .... than the power, and the money and the might of that church. </p> <p>I am profoundly thankful that people like Peter Fox have tried to halt the tide of the catholic sex abuse crimes, especially when you realise the personal toll they have been forced to endure. I'm profoundly thankful that he decided to write this book, and I'm thankful that people like Anthony and Chrissie Foster took it upon themselves to support and encourage him to do so. Chrissie Foster's book HELL ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN is now on my reading queue as well. </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/walking-towards-thunder-peter-fox" data-a2a-title="Walking Towards Thunder, Peter Fox"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fwalking-towards-thunder-peter-fox&amp;title=Walking%20Towards%20Thunder%2C%20Peter%20Fox"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14759" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/walking-towards-thunder" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/walking-towards-thunder.jpg?itok=bfsXWVY_" width="144" height="220" alt="Walking Towards Thunder" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/peter-fox" hreflang="en">Peter Fox</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B07TLT496V</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Former Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a hero in many people's eyes. A police officer with 36 years' service in the Hunter region, he rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for the victims of abuse within the church. He had been at the coalface fighting these heinous crimes for decades. He had worked with the victims and supported their families. He knew an enquiry was long overdue. His decision to become a whistle blower helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard's historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions.</p> <p>He had no idea what speaking up would unleash. Peter's dedication and focus cost him his career, his health and also affected his wife's health. He and his family were threatened. Former friends shunned him. But the victims and the families that he supported consider him their champion. To them he is a hero.</p> <p><i>Walking Towards Thunder</i> details the cumulative horrors our police face every day, it reveals the cover ups and the way sexual predators were moved around. It shows the backlash he faced and the lengths those in power will go to avoid facing the truth. Confronting and inspiring, this is an unforgettable story.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4812" hreflang="en">Walking Towards Thunder</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4801" hreflang="en">Peter Fox</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--23--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--23--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--23--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-509ff0b293f4dc1bca03c8770333c936cc26b6eed44d4f7daa04eef6980a0a28"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/walking-towards-thunder-peter-fox" hreflang="en">Walking Towards Thunder, Peter Fox</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, September 23, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14784&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="n9WwwNSlJQpOEyObTG1gR0FV4BoDAr-kCViYSlyXiXY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Mon, 23 Sep 2019 01:04:39 +0000 Karen 14784 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/walking-towards-thunder-peter-fox#comments Chase Darkness with Me, Billy Jensen https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/chase-darkness-me-billy-jensen <div data-history-node-id="14739" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Chase Darkness with Me, Billy Jensen </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, August 20, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><em><span>“Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked? Put together the pieces? Identify the suspect?”</span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Where have we heard of this writer?  For this reviewer, it is due to the riveting new true crime podcast, <em>THE MURDER SQUAD, </em>which Jensen co-hosts with former police detective, Paul Holes.  The two hosts pair up extremely well and with the current plethora of true crime podcasts out there, it seems like the grownups have finally entered the room.  (If you don’t already subscribe, you should definitely have a listen).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Otherwise you may know Billy Jensen as the writer who helped finish the true crime work, I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, written by crime author Michelle McNamara about the monster she coined as the Golden State Killer - also known as the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker.  (McNamara sadly passed away before she was able to complete her book, and also before the 2018 arrest that made worldwide headlines).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Billy Jensen is a fifteen year crime journalist who took his reporting a step further, becoming actively involved in murder investigations that had run out of forward momentum.  Frustrated with the process and the lack of resources and time afforded to the tasked police officers, Jensen began to continue on when the police were no longer willing or able to do so.  Over time this has resulted in Jensen being contacted directly by families seeking assistance in numerous cases involving their missing and murdered loves ones.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Jensen writes as he speaks; intelligently and with great respect for the victims, their loved ones, and the investigating police officers.  The networks Jensen has built up over the years are impressive and without grandstanding, you are made aware that none of that came about without the serious investment of time and effort, placed around all the other things Jensen had going on in his life such as making a living and raising a family.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME </strong>is an incredibly informative read for anyone who feels that there must be something more that they can do. This is the age of web sleuths (or armchair detectives, if you prefer) and the community of people willing and able to assist the professionals is vast with all now only a click away from being in contact with each other.  The crowd sourcing tools (social media, online forums, podcasts etc) to help solve crimes are out there, and they are evolving all the time.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME</strong> is a homage to all those who were taken too early, those who remain, and to those who never give up.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/chase-darkness-me-billy-jensen" data-a2a-title="Chase Darkness with Me, Billy Jensen"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fchase-darkness-me-billy-jensen&amp;title=Chase%20Darkness%20with%20Me%2C%20Billy%20Jensen"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14700" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/chase-darkness-me-billy-jensen" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/chase%20darkness%20with%20me.jpg?itok=ISCMbvcE" width="145" height="220" alt="Chase Darkness with Me" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/billy-jensen" hreflang="en">Billy Jensen</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781492685852</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong><em>Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked? Put together the pieces? Identify the suspect?</em></strong></p> <p>Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common—they didn’t have an ending. The killer was still out there.</p> <p>But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer and author of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara, Billy became fed up. Following a dark night, he came up with a plan. A plan to investigate past the point when the cops had given up. A plan to solve the murders himself.</p> <p>You’ll ride shotgun as Billy identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9/11. You’ll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history: his friend Michelle McNamara’s pursuit of the Golden State Killer and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown Four. And Billy gives you the tools—and the rules—to help solve murders yourself.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4787" hreflang="en">#podcasts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--28--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--28--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--28--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-0d8bfc8c0b0dd251a44ee427757267530f04e693f69ff0d17a1edcde6d86d4fb"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/chase-darkness-me-billy-jensen" hreflang="en">Chase Darkness with Me, Billy Jensen</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, August 20, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14739&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="SFWPr-jXYfG86lGBQGsQgNWQWvTfvnZ-EAT-MmMa6fw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:11:26 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14739 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/chase-darkness-me-billy-jensen#comments The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon <div data-history-node-id="14559" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, April 1, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In 1973 in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub was firebombed and 15 people died. In January 1974 Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne (aged 13 and 11 respectively) disappeared. It was not until 2017 that Vincent O'Dempsey, known amongst other things as the "Night Dragon" was found guilty along with an accomplice Garry Dubois, of their murder. Their bodies have never been found.</p> <p>THE NIGHT DRAGON is the latest book from award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon, searching back over all those years for the events that led to, and maybe go some way to explaining, the death of the McCulkin's. It's tied up with many many years of criminal behaviour on the part of a group of men, starting out as boys forming gangs in and around Brisbane, suburbs and out towards Sydney.</p> <p>A lot of the content of the book concentrates on the lead up to and the firebombing itself. Readers who are already aware of the connections between various criminals and dodgy characters, and the two people eventually found guilty of the bombing may feel that this is terrority already covered in other books, although anybody new to the story will discover just what a murky mess the whole situation had become. You might also be well aware of the results of the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland into police corruption and integrity that has connections into the Whiskey Au Go Go killings as well. </p> <p>Vincent O'Dempsey, however, for this Victorian was an unknown factor, especially as there are hints throughout this book that he could very well have killed a shocking number of people. And therein lay a tiny bit of disappointment about the book. Whilst aspects of O'Dempsey's activities were covered in THE NIGHT DRAGON, the focus seemed to be on the Whiskey Au Go Go fire. Whenever it veered more solidly into the behaviour of O'Dempsey and his involvement in the murder of the McCulkin's it started to reveal some information that was news. It started to reveal a bit about a man who sounds like he's been a thoroughly malicious and evil presence, and yet, somehow he managed to remain shadowy throughout this book. On the upside, it's an engaging telling, and there are aspects of the tie up and interconnections that are indeed sobering. Condon, as always, seems to have done extensive research, but his books never read as dry, or instructional. He gives life and humanity to the victims, and he does a terrific job at keeping track of the various crooks and their complicated interactions and relationships. </p> <p>Barbara, Vicki and Leanne McCulkin deserve to be remembered, to have their story told, and to have it clearly understood that they were callously killed. The fact that it took over 40 years for their killers to be bought to justice is a testament to the people who eventually felt compelled to tell what they knew, and the persistence of the cops who followed up on their testimony.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon" data-a2a-title="The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fnight-dragon-matthew-condon&amp;title=The%20Night%20Dragon%2C%20Matthew%20Condon"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14503" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/index.php/book/night-dragon" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/night-dragon.jpg?itok=SitMXwLb" width="152" height="220" alt="The Night Dragon" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/author/matthew-condon" hreflang="en">Matthew Condon</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780702260209</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>". . . he is hard to frighten . . . he is very methodical . . . he does not like sunlight because he is very fair-skinned . . . he has the tattoo of St George and the Dragon . . . "-Witness statement given to the Crime Intelligence Unit, Brisbane, 1974.</strong></p> <p>In 2017, Vincent O'Dempsey, along with his accomplice Garry Dubois, were sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters. It took over 40 years to bring them to justice. Feared for decades by criminals and police alike, Vincent O'Dempsey associated with convicted underworld figures behind major crimes such as the deadly Whiskey au Go Go nightclub firebombing and was also linked to a string of haunting cold cases.</p> <p>Award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon has interviewed dozens of ex-cons, police and witnesses to put together a compelling picture of the calculating killer who spent his life evading the law before he was finally brought to justice. The Night Dragon shines a light on a chilling chapter of Australia's criminal past and the devastating legacy left in its wake.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4620" hreflang="en">The Night Dragon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/961" hreflang="en">Matthew Condon</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--31"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--31--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--31--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--31--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-b7d0938c316b8b7556c84a80351c4e27f89e89e18795742cb20e45e868421fa0"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/index.php/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon" hreflang="en">The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, April 1, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14559&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="5BT06jO723I5rknTFrYVcWscd7X0oQED_pb4kuJGTNc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:23:04 +0000 Karen 14559 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon#comments The Arsonist, Chloe Hooper https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/arsonist-chloe-hooper <div data-history-node-id="14428" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--32"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Arsonist, Chloe Hooper </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, February 22, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Chloe Hooper has, yet again, taken on difficult terrain and a complex subject matter in THE ARSONIST. As in THE TALL MAN, there are victims, family members, affected communities and people still trying to get on with their lives, Black Saturday being ten years ago this month / year in the one of the most fire prone areas on the planet. As rural dwellers the potential of fire is never far from mind. We live for long, hot, draining months in each year sniffing the air, watching the horizons, analysing weather forecasts and planning actions and survival. We do that knowing that fires can be started by a range of natural causes which nothing can be done about. And then there are the ones started by the arsonists. That, thankfully, small group of people who have all sorts of reasons for starting fires, as with the subject of THE ARSONIST - an intellectually handicapped, socially isolated man from the Latrobe Valley - one location of the many that went up in flames on that stinking hot February day.</p> <p>In THE ARSONIST Hooper balances the analysis of the man who set the fires in Churchill, against the people and places affected by them. This contrast, of people who lost everything, people who lost family, friends and livelihoods, now looking for reasons why; against the man now serving a prison sentence for a crime that it's hard to tell if he knows he committed, understands why, or is fully aware of what he was doing and bloody good at covering up, is stark and sobering. Everybody is confused by the arsonist's motivations - detectives interviewing him couldn't decide if he was covering up or genuinely disconnected, his trial didn't ever really establish motive, and his behaviour on the day in particular, incomprehensibly odd. </p> <p>THE ARSONIST is a powerful book - Hooper has carefully negotiated the task of opening up old wounds and paying respect to victims and survivors, whilst also clearly telegraphing that there's much to be considered when it comes to our reactions to arsonists. The last line of the blurb sums it up better than I ever could "The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers."<br />  </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/arsonist-chloe-hooper" data-a2a-title="The Arsonist, Chloe Hooper"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Farsonist-chloe-hooper&amp;title=The%20Arsonist%2C%20Chloe%20Hooper"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="1977" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/arsonist" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/arsonist_0.jpg?itok=A4TFqIcl" width="145" height="220" alt="The Arsonist" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/chloe-hooper" hreflang="en">Chloe Hooper</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B07DV7J5BH</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know. The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species - understanding its abuse will define our future.  A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4541" hreflang="en">#analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4542" hreflang="en">The Arsonist</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/212" hreflang="en">Chloe Hooper</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--34"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--34--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--34--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--34--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-f4cad37b952b29477868831349ba863fb07ff5c99dbb61de32a96097ff286cc9"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/arsonist-chloe-hooper" hreflang="en">The Arsonist, Chloe Hooper</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, February 22, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2018-reading-reminiscences" hreflang="en">2018 Reading Reminiscences</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, January 7, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14428&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="QglSf_6TbKusILrc-3lNYL1aBH0KSyh5KlXyJPT6eR0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:17:47 +0000 Karen 14428 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/arsonist-chloe-hooper#comments #amreading Wedderburn, Maryrose Cuskelly https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/amreading-wedderburn-maryrose-cuskelly <span>#amreading Wedderburn, Maryrose Cuskelly</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Karen</a></span> <span>Mon, 24/09/2018 - 08:57 pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I remember very well when this triple murder occurred, so I'm hoping this book will cast some light into dark places.</p> <p><strong>From the Blurb:</strong></p> <p><em>'The slaughter was extravagant and bloody. And yet there were people in the small town of Wedderburn in Central Victoria who, while they did not exactly rejoice, quietly thought that Ian Jamieson had done them all a favour.'</em></p> <p>One fine Wednesday evening in October 2014, 65-year-old Ian Jamieson secured a hunting knife in a sheath to his belt and climbed through the wire fence separating his property from that of his much younger neighbour Greg Holmes. Less than 30 minutes later, Holmes was dead, stabbed more than 25 times. Jamieson returned home and took two shotguns from his gun safe. He walked across the road and shot Holmes' mother, Mary Lockhart, and her husband, Peter, multiple times before calling the police. </p> <p>In this compelling book, Maryrose Cuskelly gets to the core of this small Australian town and the people within it. Much like the successful podcast S-Town, things aren't always as they seem: Wedderburn begins with an outwardly simple murder but expands to probe the dark secrets that fester within small towns, asking: is murder something that lives next door to us all?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3221" hreflang="en">#amreading</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3571" hreflang="en">#australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3572" hreflang="en">Wedderburn</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/88" hreflang="en">Maryrose Cuskelly</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="1987" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/wedderburn" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/wedderburn.jpg?itok=SbGlz_FD" width="144" height="220" alt="Wedderburn" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/maryrose-cuskelly" hreflang="en">Maryrose Cuskelly</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781760528072</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>'The slaughter was extravagant and bloody. And yet there were people in the small town of Wedderburn in Central Victoria who, while they did not exactly rejoice, quietly thought that Ian Jamieson had done them all a favour.' </em></p> <p>One fine Wednesday evening in October 2014, 65-year-old Ian Jamieson secured a hunting knife in a sheath to his belt and climbed through the wire fence separating his property from that of his much younger neighbour Greg Holmes. Less than 30 minutes later, Holmes was dead, stabbed more than 25 times. Jamieson returned home and took two shotguns from his gun safe. He walked across the road and shot Holmes' mother, Mary Lockhart, and her husband, Peter, multiple times before calling the police. </p> <p>In this compelling book, Maryrose Cuskelly gets to the core of this small Australian town and the people within it. Much like the successful podcast S-Town, things aren't always as they seem: Wedderburn begins with an outwardly simple murder but expands to probe the dark secrets that fester within small towns, asking: is murder something that lives next door to us all?</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6173&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="QnnVxnSExDUbdw5fUqOKBdz0TT5ROlVpPQZV5_FKlS4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:57:49 +0000 Karen 6173 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/amreading-wedderburn-maryrose-cuskelly#comments Republished: The Frankston Murders: 25 years on https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/republished-frankston-murders-25-years <span>Republished: The Frankston Murders: 25 years on</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Karen</a></span> <span>Mon, 23/07/2018 - 08:57 pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Twenty-five years ago, serial killer Paul Denyer terrorised the Melbourne bayside suburb of Frankston.</strong></p> <p>It began on 11 June 1993 when Elizabeth Stevens was murdered on her way home from the library. Then, on 8 July, Debbie Fream left her new baby boy with a friend while she dashed out for milk. She was abducted and killed.</p> <p>True crime writer Vikki Petraitis was researching her second book, after writing <em>The Phillip Island Murder</em> (Kerr Publishing, 1994), when she unexpectedly found herself in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer.</p> <p>A school teacher by day, Petraitis was doing a ride-along with Frankston police late on Friday July 30, when word came through that the body of missing Year 12 student, Natalie Russell, had had been found. Petraitis, who remained in the car while the scene was examined, was warned she was not to talk to the media.</p> <p>Petraitis had no intention of racing off to the nearest newspaper: “I was a true crime author, and if this story was to be written, it would need more than just headline-grabbing prose. It would need to be measured and tell a bigger story. It would need to talk about not only what the serial killer did, but about what he took from us. It would need to explore the aftermath of such a killing spree on the families and the community.”</p> <p>The result was the best-selling, <em>The Frankston Murders</em>, which has been just been republished by Clan Destine Press in a revised edition to commemorate the 25th anniversary.</p> <p>Twenty-five years on, the trauma of his seven-week killing spree still haunts the community. The spate of murders in 1993 touched many more lives than just the three young women he killed.</p> <p>Petraitis says, “I am extremely conscious of the need to tell the story of the families with dignity.</p> <p>“The 2011 Clan Destine edition was entitled <em>The Frankston Serial Killer</em>. Reverting to the original title, <em>The Frankston Murders</em>, takes the focus away from Denyer and puts it back on the women who died at Denyer’s hands and on what he took from them.”</p> <p>Debbie Fream’s son Jake Blair, now 25-years-old, speaks for the first time about the loss of his mother.* And Carmel and Brian Russell share their dream for Denyer’s ongoing incarceration, as the killer of their child will be eligible to apply for parole for the first time in 2023.</p> <p>When Denyer was arrested the day after Natalie Russell’s body was found, the police and public were shocked by his lack of emotion. Denyer, 21, spoke of the three young women with contempt as he described their final moments. Their deaths had simply fuelled his bloodlust.</p> <p>Eleven years later, Denyer, made front-page news with his quest to become a woman. Now calling himself Paula, he wants gender re-assignment surgery.</p> <p>The murders also had a dramatic effect on policing in Victoria.</p> <p>Petraitis writes: “Until Denyer, most detectives in Victoria had little experience investigating serial killers. Their knowledge was largely theoretical. Investigating his crimes and apprehending Denyer gave detectives in the Victoria Police first-hand field experience of this type of offender.</p> <p>“The Frankston murders provided a couple of key learning opportunities for the homicide squad. As soon as the police realised they had a potential serial killer on their hands, they started a taskforce and dedicated resources to the investigation. There were 200 detectives and uniformed officers following leads, and a profiler was brought in to help narrow the field. Ultimately, it was the flood of police into Frankston during the seven weeks of Denyer’s murder spree that made the difference.”</p> <p><em>The Phillip Island Murder</em>, another of Petraitis’ best-selling books, has also been republished by Clan Destine Press. Out in September is Petraitis’ account of her crime writing career: <em>Inside the Law: 25 years of true crime writing</em>, also published by Clan Destine Press.</p> <p> <strong>*Also see Megan Norris’s interview with Jake Blair, “The Frankston Serial Killer: My mother’s murderer stole my life,” Australian Women’s Weekly, June 2018, pp. 96-100</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/637" hreflang="en">Vikki Petraitis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4094" hreflang="en">The Frankston Murders</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3672" hreflang="en">Clan Destine Press</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="2750" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--35"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/frankston-serial-killer" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/frankston-serial-killer.jpg?itok=ou0tg_nz" width="141" height="220" alt="The Frankston Serial Killer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/vikki-petraitis" hreflang="en">Vikki Petraitis</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781741165722</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/22" hreflang="en">2011</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--36"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In 1993, the unthinkable happened – a serial killer began killing young women on the streets around Frankston. Read the incredible story about the hunt and capture of Paul Denyer, the 21-year-old responsible, and the lives that were ruined as a result of his crimes.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6190&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6seGBFfgAHt4LmR7mtKY5j2RhwRaJeU2L4GmbnrNSDo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:57:57 +0000 Karen 6190 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/republished-frankston-murders-25-years#comments