Karen Chisholm

Twenty-five years ago, serial killer Paul Denyer terrorised the Melbourne bayside suburb of Frankston.

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.

True crime writer Vikki Petraitis was researching her second book, after writing The Phillip Island Murder (Kerr Publishing, 1994), when she unexpectedly found herself in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer.

Vikki Petraitis


Vikki Petraitis has been writing true crime since the early 1990s and has spent hundreds of hours interviewing police and even accompanying them on active duty to compile her fascinating collections of crime stories from behind the scenes.

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