Lives of Crime by I Munro, G Tippet

By I Munro, G Tippet

True crime with a twist. this is the legal underground at paintings: gangland warriors, serial killers, drug purchasers and thieves. Melbourne gangland figures Mick Gatto and Andrew ′Benji′ Veniamin and their final, deadly stumble upon; Peter Dupas, the nerdish-looking serial killer who makes your dermis move slowly; in addition to other, lesser-known names -- sex-killer Derek Percy who haunted a misplaced little boy to his demise; the fellow of God who broke the 8th commandment; the murders in the back of the notorious Arnott′s poisoned biscuit extortion. There also are these whose lives straddle either side of the legislations: homicide barristers; backstreet burglars and back-block magistrates; murder detectives and neighborhood police who cross the place the worst occurs; pensioners who thrive at the theatre of the court docket; the psychologist who appears into the minds of mass murderers; and intercourse workers, from streetwalkers, scholar strippers and fetish versions to...

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She said. ‘All I want to know is the truth,’ he replied. ‘Well, all right, I did it. ’ Thatcher turned the car around and returned to Bendigo. In a short interview Heather said: ‘We – I suppose you’d call the word “murdered” – him, isn’t it? ’ The detective asked when she first started to contemplate killing Frank. ‘Just virtually the day before. We always wished he was gone, wished someone would kill him. He was a – just a menace …’ Others would later claim it went beyond wishing. Paul, who had spent two years in a South Australian jail, told the court that she had asked if he knew anybody who could get rid of Frank, or if he could do it himself.

She would go back because she didn’t know any other sort of life, because she was totally subjected and subjugated to him,’ said Ms Hampel. Heather Osland, she said, had been diagnosed as suffering from battered-woman syndrome. It was on this rarely used defence that her plea of not guilty hung: despite the lack of any immediate threat but ‘goaded beyond endurance by a life of hell’, she believed she had no option but to kill Frank in self-defence. What exactly is a battered woman? Forensic psychologist Dr Kenneth Byrne told the court it was ‘a woman who has been forced, usually by a man, to comply with his wishes without regard to her rights by physical abuse and sometimes by psychological abuse’.

Things had gone fairly well from the accused’s point of view,’ said Mr Morgan-Payler later. But not so well for David Albion. A few months after the killing, he had confessed to his brother. They were at Paul’s house in Nolan Street, Bendigo. ‘We were just drinking and having a bit of a laugh and that’s when he came out and said: “Paul, I’ve done something silly. I’ve helped Mum knock off me stepfather”,’ Paul told the court. He blurted out the details of the pills, how they ‘smashed’ Frank over the skull and how they had to put a plastic bag over his head because there was so much blood.

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