- Title: Snowtown: The Bodies In Barrels Murders: The Grisly Story of Australia's Worst Serial Killings
- Author: Jeremy Pudney
- ISBN: 9780732267162
- Page: 424
- Format: Paperback
The definitive account of Australia s most notorious criminal case.When bodies were discovered in barrels in 1999, hidden within a bank vault in Snowtown in South Australia, Jeremy Pudney was one of the first journalists on the scene Now, using his years of experience as a police reporter for the Adelaide Advertiser and Network Ten, Pudney pieces together the complete stoThe definitive account of Australia s most notorious criminal case.When bodies were discovered in barrels in 1999, hidden within a bank vault in Snowtown in South Australia, Jeremy Pudney was one of the first journalists on the scene Now, using his years of experience as a police reporter for the Adelaide Advertiser and Network Ten, Pudney pieces together the complete story of the Snowtown murders.Not only does he investigate the lives of the convicted men but he digs deeper, telling the stories of their twelve victims and exploring the complicated social web that enabled them to not only prey on their victims, but to get away with their crimes for so long.The Snowtown murders were Australia s most horrific and sustained serial killings details of the case appalled the nation not to mention South Australia, which already has a reputation for producing the country s highest number of serial killers But not every detail of this case has been made available to the public, and Snowtown contains exclusive information revealed for the first time.Part police reporting, criminology text, biography and social history, Snowtown is a compelling book without peer, and will take its place among the classics of the true crime genre.
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On May 20, 1999 Detectives Greg Stone and Steve McCoy cruised into Snowtown, a small hamlet in South Australia. They were looking for a Toyota Land Cruiser that they believed was tied to the disappearance of Elizabeth Haydon, they found much more than that. What they found would blow the lid off their investigation into a suspected serial killer, they found 6 barrels with human remains.John Justin Bunting is considered the worst serial killer in Australian history. He and his accomplice, Robert [...]
Horribly gripping book depicting the horrible murders by John Bunting and his hangers-on in Adelaide. Very readable, unputdownable but shocking all the way. Scary to think that there are whole suburbs of feral people in every state who can even think like this, never mind act upon their outrageous desires for so called 'justice' (getting rid of gays/paedophiles). Disgusting, harrowing but ultimately satisfying to know that Bunting and pals were caught. It's also quite frightening how the reader [...]
" Part police reporting, criminology text, biography and social history "This is mostly police reporting, it is not a criminology text, it has no insight, and as for biography, relating people's dates of births and deaths and how they died, is not biography. As for social history, a paragraph or two on Adelaide's history doesn't make it a social history either.It was a bit repetitive as well.
this book is so well written and researched. so horrifying yet intriguing 10/10
Readable prose, but the order in which the information is set out is a bit all over the place.
I found this to be, in general, a very decent book about the series of events. I did not 'like' this book because it was not a 'likeable' subject but the research seemed well done. The story was well constructed, the sequencing was ok and the victims were treated by the author with compassion. I had followed the case as it emerged and this book did a good job of putting the events in a linear perspective.My one major problem with this book (and the only reason I did not give it four stars)is tha [...]
The book was a good read but I did get lost a few times in the middle trying to remember who everyone was and the constant name changes annoyed me one minute a character is written as James next paragraph it's Jamie also referring to characters by their legally changed names then to their previous one. I skipped a lot of the court trial speech as they dragged on and on. More cut down speeches would of worked. Also the book tended to repeat the same details again and again. Still was an interesti [...]
An in depth account of Australia's most gruesome and prolific serial killers. Bonded by either fear or admiration for their 'leader' the psychopathic John Bunting who, driven by his loathing of homosexuals and paedophiles (he sees no difference between the two) constructs a wall of shame of 'his suspects' addresses and sets out to teach these 'dirties' a lesson.The book is a real page turner despite the horrific nature of their M.O. The only time I found the book to be hard work was the final se [...]
A really, freaky unpleasant book. Ended up skipping the middle chapters altogether on the basis that there are some things one does NOT need to know. Glad that I chose to read it in the open, while surrounded by sane looking people during daylight. Had I chosen to read it late at night, I think chemical sleep might have been an essential.It was a reasonable read, but I found it repetitious in places, and the final chapters inlcuded some word for word transcripts from the court cases. Those bits [...]
I bought this book after watching 'Snowtown'. As I've never heard of these murders case before, the book was a good companion to the film which carify certain things only glimpsed in the film. Also the film concentrated on the story told from the point of view of Jamie Vlassakis where the book just describes the facts. The book's style was a bit dry and certain information was repeated few times but it was interesting nevertheless.
Really good debut novel for Pudney. Gripping, compelling, just the right length and information given. The court case dialogue got a bit tedious, but in general, I really enjoyed it, considering I didn't really know the specifics of the case. Parts of it were really graphic and horrible, and that's coming from someone who reads a lot of true crime and thought I was immune to shocking details now!
really good story, really gripping and well written It was a bit graphic and objective. It didn't really draw upon any conclusions in the end which left me feeling a bit gutted, but I imagine that is up to the reader to decide. I had to read it in 2 days because, I couldn't put it down. I recommend to all you feel like you have paid the victims respect by reading their story and understand how this can happen in modern day first world Australia. I cant wait to see the movie this month.
This was such a brutal and sadistic torture with these vile killers. I was shocked at the lack of remorse or caring for what this woman suffered and how he left her exposed for the children to discover upon arriving home after school. This journalist with over ten years of experience vividly brought to us the cruelty and rage that was enacted upon this single mother. I got so caught up in this book which was intense and uncomfortably gripping. I highly recommend it.5 stars
This was a good read, focusing a lot less on Laurie Dann's pathology than MURDER OF INNOCENCE and spending a lot more time on the ripple effect she caused in Winnetka. Tells you what the police, emergency-service people, hospital staff and the victims of the crime went through. This is a great one for those interested in the long-term societal effects of a crime on a community.
Reading this was way too close to home; so many places mentioned in this book are suburbs/streets I've been in/on many, many times in my life. Strange that the killers used the same petrol stations as me, went to the same shopping centre,one of them lived only a street away from mery creepy
The information in this book though I suppose for the most part is truth - there is still fabrication to some of it and that alone is remiss of the author. When dealing in such a sensitive subject for all concerned.
The first time watched this movie, it seemed alright until I saw, what was going on , and in such a small town.Reading the book, and going more into detail, it was an eye opener I'll admit that. Don't know what else to say other than it being a good book to read and learn that there are more horrible people (like Ivan Milat) are doing time in jail for a very long for these horrible things.
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