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Murder in Suburbia: Disturbing Stories from Australia's Dark Heart by [Webb, Emily]
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Murder in Suburbia features the stories of more than 20 murder cases that have happened in the quiet streets of Australia’s suburbs and small towns.
These stories show that the most brutal and harrowing events can happen in any street or neighbourhood.

Featuring contemporary cases as well as some shocking historical murders, Murder in Suburbia proves you should never say ‘it could never happen here’.




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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4533 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Five Mile Press (1 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I591WKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was the best true crime book I've ever read.
It was very hard to put it down once I started reading.
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Well written but never overly dramatised accounts of various murders in Australia. Good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check your doors... 23 June 2014
By VickiT - Published on Amazon.com
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"The suburbs are where we live." - Murder in Suburbia: Disturbing Stories from Australia's Dark Heart

Murder in Suburbia makes a refreshing change to most crime collections I've read that simply rehash the same high-profile cases. The focus of this collection is on those murders much closer to home, those in our own backyard.

Having lived in Melbourne, many of these shocking and senseless murders were too close for comfort. They certainly drove home how wrong the it-can't-happen-to-me mindset can be.

Emily Webb also manages to keep the tension high without sensationalising the crimes.

Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 15 April 2014
By julie - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting, great research went into this excellent book. Great detail went into each of these cases. Good insight to behind the scenes crime scenes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting crime facts 14 April 2014
By Margaret Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the information interesting but I felt the writing was ponderous. Not a cheery subject I know but it could have had more life to it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Australian Reader 21 April 2014
By Colleen Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Victorian I was very interested to read about the cases from here. Also the " cold cases". Will recommend it to others.
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Australian Suburbia and they are all horrific! 31 July 2014
By Dr Trevor J Hawkeswood - Published on Amazon.com
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Book Review: Murder in Suburbia by Emily Webb

This is a most gripping and interesting paperback (258 pages long) dealing with a variety of murder cases in Australia, most of which I had never heard about before. The book opens up with the student teacher murders in Burwood, Victoria by one Ashley Mervyn Coulston. The students advertised for a boarder to share the rent and this guy was obviously chosen unwisely. Three people were shot execution style one night by Coulston. He was later apprehended and charged for other offenses and crimes as well. Coulston is now one of a handful of prisoners in Victoria who are serving life sentences with no minimum- his crimes were so heinous that he will die in jail. He’s a terrible nightmare and all too real. A terror to be eliminated.

The next chapter deals with the unsolved murder of one Ms. Nanette Ellis at Boronia, Melbourne during 1984. For some time she was the victim of a phantom rock pelter and had her car vandalized a number of times, including one incident where paint was splashed all over the car in the middle of the night. It seems that the culprit or culprits were never seen during these incidents. The vandalism stopped but a few weeks later, one of her sons arrived home to find his mother dead, having been the victim of a savage knife attack. The brutal murder remains unsolved.

The suburban axe killer is Nathan Avent, who served 18 years for the 1994 axe murder of 10-year-old boy and the sexual assault of the boy’s mother. He should have received life. Another case dealt with in this book is the murder of Jane Thurgood-Dove who was shot to death in her driveway in front of her three children in Melbourne during 1997. The murder is believed to have been a mistaken identity hit meant for the wife of a criminal who lived further down the street. The case of the mad arab, Ramazan Acar who kidnapped his child from his estranged wife and murdered her by stabbing during a police chase, is also outlined. Another evil character depicted in this book is one Matthew De Gruchy (or was that Grouchy) who was a disgruntled and unhappy fellow and who murdered his mother, sister and brother in their Wollongong home during 1996, probably because he felt like it. Like most criminals, he was a born liar and claimed that when he came home, he found the family deceased.

Another criminal lunatic was John Walsh from Cowra in western New South Wales- Walsh murdered his mother and two grand-children and tried to murder his policewoman wife. Another criminal case mentioned in the book was the murder of an eight-year old girl in Perth, Western Australia on 27 june 2006. She was murdered in a toilet in a busy shopping center by a weirdo turd by the name of Dante Wyndham Arthurs (an evil name for an evil creep!). The likes of this creature existing in this world ensures that the death penalty must be reintroduced in this country.

Another horrific murder outlined is the demise of the Rowe family in South Australia by Jason Downie in 2010. Downie was soon captured and sentenced to 35 years in a local penal settlement. A very strange case was that of Dr Maurice Benn who was a German academic at the University of Western Australia in the early 1960’s. Benn had a severely crippled child which became increasingly more difficult to handle as it grew older. One night Benn loaded a gun and put the child out of its misery. In return, Benn was given 10 years imprisonment after his death penalty was commuted on passionate grounds. He was moved to a “friendly” jail where he studied and wrote German papers until his release. He did not appear to be harassed by other crims. He was later reinstated as an academic at the University.

There are heaps more accounts of terrible murders committed by Australians in Australia. I have only just touched the surface here in this review. The book is embellished with numerous glossy black and white photographs. Highly recommended for those interested in Australian crime.

Dr Trevor J. Hawkeswood

Author: Spiders of Australia (2003), Light and Dark (2013).