My Mother, A Serial Killer

My Mother, A Serial Killer

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A gripping and shocking story of a serial killer mother, and the brave daughter who brought her to justice. Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her. Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves - one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron - in one of the most infamous periods of the state's history. She would have got away with it all had it not been for Hazel. Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HarperCollins,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781460708910
Characteristics: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Additional Contributors: Fife-Yeomans, Janet - Author


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Jan 13, 2019

Many characters in this true crime story, including Hazel and her husband, are such lovely people, which helps to balance out Hazel's appalling mother, Dulcie and her self-interested, selfish, heartless, brutal behaviour. It's another true crime story begging to be made into a cracker of a tv series, as it really does have that blend of rural and suburban Australiana, with crimes and motives that you couldn't make up. It is one of the best story-tellings, a searing recreation of poverty, that moves with a lovely gentleness that seems to parallel Hazel's personality.

Apr 10, 2018

What an evil woman Dulcie was and how brave her children, especially Hazel, in finally bringing her to justice. I enjoyed this well written book and would recommend it to readers of true crime.


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