What drives a mother to murder her own child?
“The only conclusion we can draw is that he wasn’t getting along well with his parents.”
It’s time for (well overdue) change.
“CBS‘s false and unprofessional attacks on this young man are disgusting and revolting.”
“Maybe a hammer, hit her in the head maybe…”
“If you really, really use your free time to think about this case, you cannot come to a different conclusion.”
Ramsey’s conduct during the interview is being described as “atypical”.
The Making A Murderer star was set to walk free in weeks. If the appeal is successful, he’ll spend another 32 years behind bars.
So you can mentally prepare for season two…
You’re about to get schooled, in a major way.
Have we seriously accepted that this is the reality we now live in?
Murder is murder – it should be as simple as that.
The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years.
Simpson is “in total torment today”.
Could this be the key to a retrial for the Making A Murderer protagonist?
I’d like to tell you a story. It’s a true story. A love story with a tragic ending. It’s the story of Dianne who was found dead in her home and that of her partner of more than twenty years, Jack, who was arrested for allegedly murdering her.
Now, you may ask yourselves why this story? Well, I knew Jack and Dianne before that fateful moment when cupid decided to strike his arrow in their direction. Way, way back when we were just kids and decades before Dianne was found laying lifeless in her home – and well, before Jack ended up in a pair of handcuffs.
So let me start by telling you a bit about Dianne. She was exceptionally intelligent and one of the most gentle, peace-loving souls who ever walked the planet. She had that hippy vibe going on with her serene, loving, caring nature. For work, she cared for the elderly – including my dearly departed grandmother – and she loved kids but never wanted to have any of her own.
Jack, on the other hand, was a lovable larrikin. In his late teens he’d fathered a son and you couldn’t really call him an angel. However, he did have charming good looks and a wicked sense of humor, and looking back I can understand why Dianne couldn’t help but be interested.
He was also like forbidden candy, seeing as he was a friend of Dianne’s brother. Hell bent on looking out for his little sister’s welfare, her brother tried relentlessly to separate her from his mates. Yet the minute these two crossed paths there was nothing anyone could say or do to keep them apart. That caused a few problems – quite a few problems, but the heart wants what the heart wants. So they became completely inseparable.
Over the years, Jack and Dianne kept pretty much to themselves. I’d bump into her on the odd occasion and through our conversations I sensed her entire world revolved around Jack. He was her best friend, her lover and her everything. She loved him with her entire being and if there were problems between them, she never revealed them. Dianne was a very private person.
Upon news of Dianne’s passing, it came as a shock. Rumour had it she’d died of a suspected drug overdose, yet I’d seen her 6 months prior and she looked great, everything seemed normal. Something was amiss and the fact that the coroner took almost two months to release her body was highly unusual.
There were suspicions that Dianne’s death wasn’t what it seemed. There was some speculation that Jack could have had something to do with it; he’d suffered a string of tragedies with the passing of his mother and son, and understandably people can only take so much heartache.
So when I received a text stating that Jack had been arrested for Dianne’s murder it came as a surprise, but not a total shock. The police believed something wasn’t quite right about her death so they’d been investigating for three long years. They came to the conclusion that it wasn’t a drug overdose, but a strangulation and their prime suspect was Jack.
So how did over twenty years of love and devotion end in murder? It goes to show that no-one ever really knows what goes on behind closed doors. Even though a couple remains together for decades, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is rosy.
The saddest fact of this whole scenario is that this story isn’t remarkable. There are thousands of stories just like this one. Every single day hundreds of people around Australia are in court facing some type of domestic violence charge, while thousands of others are in their own homes enduring it.
Now, there’s no doubt that these two loved each other – and that’s partly why domestic violence continues to be an endless battle. If we all thought with our heads instead of our hearts, no-one would endure being abused. Yet, was Dianne being abused? Nobody knows. Perhaps if she had spoken out she’d be alive and maybe, just maybe, Jack could have asked for help. Nothing good ever comes of silence, so please remember if you need help that you need to speak.
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Murder, Mystery and Mayhem month
Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline, Pan Macmillan
If you want a read that will keep you up half the night to find out what happens then this is the book for you. Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times best selling author whose novels are filled with strong, intelligent women that work in a struggling all-women law firm Rosato and Associates in Philadelphia.
The central character is wisecracking self depreciating Bennie Rosato who is struggling to prevent her law firm from folding when her evil twin sister Alice Connolly decides to drop into town. Sound far-fetched? The story cleverly evolves around both the personal and professional battles Bennie Rosato and her eclectic bunch of colleagues find themselves in. So while Bennie is trying to save the firm, her evil twin is trying to ruin her and her reputation in a desperate case of sibling rivalry. Talk about dysfunctional families! Really enjoyable read with just enough drama, laughs, mystery and intrigue to keep you interested till the very end and add to that a dash of romance too!
Something Might Happen by Julie Myerson , Random House
This is a story of how a murder in a small Suffolk town casts its shadow over everyone who lives there.
On a Monday night in October in a small seaside town in Suffolk, a woman is brutally murdered. Her name is Lennie and, thinks her best friend Tess, she is not the type to have something happen to her. Something Might Happen is not a murder mystery. There are clues, false trails, detectives, all the paraphernalia of the whodunnit, but Myerson’s concern is with the effect of the murder on an ordinary community and specifically on Tess herself, her husband Mick and her three children. As the police go about their routine investigation, Tess’s world of nappies, Elastoplast and fish fingers begins to unravel. Suddenly nothing is certain, the mundane becomes charged with significance, established relationships begin to crumble and places that once were safe are safe no longer. This is a novel of extraordinary skilfulness and almost unbearable tension. Julie Myerson creates a world that is recognizable in every detail, so that when it begins to fracture we feel as if it were our own lives that are under threat.
Who Killed Camilla? by Emma Darcy, Pan Macmillan
‘I want her dead in the water.’ Hollywood’s hottest property, Camilla Page, has just wrapped up the shoot of her latest movie and she’s chosen an exclusive Barrier Reef island resort as the setting for her surprise wedding to Australian cameraman, Jimmy Ryder – a man hell-bent on riding the gravy train that’s come his way.
Amongst the invited guests are people Camilla has used as rungs while climbing her personal ladder of success: her long-time agent; the director of her latest film; the ageing leading man; and K.C. Gordon, successful romance novelist whose latest bestseller was adapted for the film – already being hyped as a sure-fire winner, bound to become the biggest-grossing romantic comedy ever.
K.C. eagerly accepts the invitation to what promises to be the most lavish of affairs attended by starlets, heartthrobs and assorted A-listers. But K.C. soon realises the tropical paradise is also home to venomous snakes, some of them human – one of whom will strike to deadly effect…