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Wedderburn
Wedderburn: A true tale of blood and dust | Maryrose Cuskelly
7 posts | 6 read | 5 to read
'An ugly story told beautifully. WEDDERBURN will hold you tightly in its grip, and leave an imprint when it lets you go.' Myfanwy Jones 'In WEDDERBURN, we see the trauma caused by the blackest of hearts. A desolate yet deeply affecting tale of savage crime in rural Australia.' Mark Brandi 'Maryrose Cuskelly has the rare gift of telling a true story with the excitement and vividness of fiction; she never forsakes the facts in this chilling and hypnotic book.' William McInnes '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.' 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. 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?
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Lizpixie
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That was a quick but depressing trip through a triple homicide in small town Victoria. In October 2014, Ian Jamieson stabbed his neighbor to death with a hunting knife before taking two shotguns & murdering the mans mother & stepfather. At first it seems like the sympathy was with the killer, before the author discovers a much more complicated story. The why is still unanswered. #NonFiction2019 #SomethingWithADeath #ReadHarder2019 #ByAJournalist

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds dark and troubling and oddly fascinating.🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Joanne1
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Mehso-so

I felt like this book really missed the mark, it gave almost no insight into the mind of a triple murderer or his victims or what larger influences impacted on this grisly crime committed in a sleepy, thought drought stricken Australian farming community. Considering the caliber of other recent true crime books, this stands out in its superficialness despite being relatively well written.

Kaye Agree. The author is good. The subject just seemed to fall a bit flat. Sorta hard to explain. Maybe not enough background, or descriptions of the area and people. I‘m not sure what the problem was but it was a bit disappointing. 7mo
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Joanne1
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New week, new audiobook

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt9 And it‘s another Aussie author & story, this one a true crime about a triple homicide in Wedderburn, a small town in Central Victoria. In Oct 2014, a man climbed the fence onto his neighbors property, broke in & stabbed him more than 25 times. He then went home, took two shotguns & went across the road to kill the dead mans mother & her husband. This is about the why of these murders, the secrets & feuds that swirl in small towns.

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Kaye
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Mehso-so

😴 💤..................
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Oh.....sorry, I dozed off.
This author is a good writer but the subject matter is extremely dry. At least the title is descriptive : DUST.
True crime books should have a buildup to the crime , a twist in the story, or a WHODUNNIT . This has none. You know in the beginning who killed who, and why. It really DOES have to do with with dust , in part. If you‘re looking for a riveting story, keep looking. 3🌟( 2 for effort)

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Sue
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This book is a gripping, if sad read. Cuskelly dives into the events and personalities that lead up to the brutal murders of three people by their neighbour. Cuskelly‘s approach is mostly balanced, and she interviews many family members of the victims and friends of the perpetrator in order to get a measure of the people involved, and the town it happened in. I highly recommend this one!

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Sue
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Well hello there!

#aussiesrule2018

JennyM Looking forward to your thoughts on this one, Sue 13mo
Sue @JennyM I really enjoyed it. It‘s very sad, but a pretty balanced and in depth view of this terrible event. 13mo
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