The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay

The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay

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It began with a phone call to Brisbane police on 20 April 2012. Allison, wife of real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay, was missing. When investigating officers arrived at the family home, in one of the city's wealthiest suburbs, a neatly dressed Gerard had been getting the couple's three daughters ready for school. Scratches on his face were shaving cuts, he told them. Police weren't so sure and opened one of Australia's biggest ever missing persons investigations. Ten days after Gerard reported Allison's disappearance, the body of the former beauty queen was discovered on a creek bank 14 kilometres from home. The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay is written by the investigative journalist who covered the case from the start. It weaves together exclusive interviews and police and court records to explain how a father with no criminal history came to be on trial for a brutal murder. It's also a story about everyday choices and their consequences.
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : 2017. Ebury Press,
Edition: Updated edition
ISBN: 9780143781608
Branch Call Number: ANF 364.1523099431 MURR
Characteristics: 497 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, colour portraits ; 20 cm

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wendybradley
Feb 14, 2017

As I understand it, true crime stories are very popular. I think for me Helen Garner is the best of these (when she chooses this type of writing). Normally I would not read a book like this. Out of frustration at so seldom finding my type of reading in the library, I try something different. This was different.

This well researched book, tells the story of one man who murdered his wife. . He was not a nice man, and the author has explored his story well. His wife, wel,l that story would surely make you cry. A decent ordinary woman who tries and tries to make a marriage work and then her reward is to be murdered by the man she married and loved.

What I did like was that the author acknowledges the long and hard work it takes to get a man, who police suspected from the first hour, to court and then to prison. So many people who cared about justice. It also shows the way in which his crime damaged so many lives.

It is not a unique story, but the story of far too many murdered woman.

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itzamemario
Aug 23, 2015

Enjoyed the book. Gee he was having it off with everyone. The scratches on his face and body surely indicates he is guilty.

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