Swinging from a meat-hook, John Price's entire skin was in one piece, including his hair, face, ears, nose, mouth, and genitals. Slashes and stab holes tore through the human pelt, a testimony to the wounds he suffered before dying.
Knight, a 44-year-old abattoir worker, had stabbed father-of-three John Price 37 times, skinned his body, cooked his head, and served him up as a meal for his children. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Beyond Bad tells what motivated Knight to commit such a heinous act and how it rocked the small town where she lived. This is a horrifying story of love, lust, revenge, and murder that is all the more shocking because it really happened.
©2002 Sandra Lee; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Given the horrific nature of the material, Kate Hood narrates with the dispassionate charge of a reporter doing her job as objectively as possible." (AudioFile)
The story was fascinating.
It took a good fifteen minutes to get adjusted to the Australian accent, but once I did, I found it lovely.
Australian life and justice was fascinating.
You won't regret this one, if you're a true crime fan.
While this book's story is very interesting, compelling and disturbing, I found the narration BARELY tolerable. It is written and read in an Australian slang, absolutely riddled with words like mate, sheila, grog, crikey, de facto (slang for boyfriend apparently), copper, etc. It's the equivalent of listening to a book in Ebonics. The murder itself is fascinating, though.
This book prattled on like a university lecture on serial killers. A lot of time was spent talking about irrelevant characters and the book was well into part 2 before the actual crime is discussed. Even then the constant reference to serial killer facts is distracting from hearing about the crime.
No, just other books by this author.
All irrelevant and boring information. This however would mean most of the book.
"Not for the faint hearted..."
'Beyond Bad' is a narrative of a particularly grisly murder. This is not an investigation and several aspects of the episode are not cleared up. The murderer did not cooperate.
The murderer was an experienced abattoir worker who apparently loved her work. There are detailed descriptions of the process of killing cattle and preparing carcasses. This is relevant to the subject matter so is not gratuitous.
This is a detailed family history of the murderer, the victim and previous partners that gives a clear impression of how both families are left devastated by the slaying. The reader is left with a view of life in outback Australia that reinforces a stereotype of the hard working, hard drinking 'compo', mateship culture. Domestic violence appears to be routine. Compo is Australian slang for compensation.
As the story unfolds chronologically the interval between the events related shortens until the grisly murder. Each blow is described in terms of location on the body, the progress of the hopeless flight of the victim and physical consequence of the blow for the victim.
The book then continues to describe the trial and sentencing. There is some discussion of the mental state of the killer but once again no real insight ? we don't get 'inside' the head of the killer.
The author provides a sound technical description that is consistent in terms of the level of detail. However the contrast between the domestic life in the outback with the bloody detail of the murder does make this a deeply shocking narrative.
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