SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: It’s the cold case that still casts a chill in the spines of many in Perth and beyond, with at least three women believed to have been abducted just outside of busy bars and then murdered by a serial killer stalking Western Australia more than 20 years ago. But 2019 may be the year the Claremont Serial Killings are finally solved, with prime suspect, Bradley Robert Edwards, to face trial in May. However, he is just the latest in a long line of suspects that have been under the microscope for years. Charles Sturt University lecturer, Therese Taylor, takes an in-depth look at all the murky details of a case that continues to baffle many, despite justice for the victims and their families perhaps edging ever so closer.
CRIME CULTURE: The popularity of true crime podcasts and investigative crime documentaries has exploded over the past five years. Greenlight – the debut novel by stand-up comedian Benjamin Stevenson – places the media right in the centre of a young backpacker’s murder. Therese Taylor with her view on this new Aussie thriller.
Noted political journalist, Michael Brissenden, has taken some time out away from the news to turn his hand to crime-fiction writing in a novel that also places the cost of Australia’s participation in futile wars in the Middle East to the fore. Charles Sturt University academic, Therese Taylor, gives her take on The List.