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Kathleen Folbigg : Australia's worst female serial killer

Author: Matthew Benns
Publisher: Australia : Penguin Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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The true story of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg. She killed her four children over 10 years. Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura Folbigg died one by one over a 10-year period in similar circumstances - suddenly, unexpectedly and while sleeping. Each was discovered by Kathleen, their mother, who raised the alarm to her husband, Craig, that they were not breathing. When the Folbiggs'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
True crime stories
Named Person: Kathleen Folbigg; Kathleen Folbigg
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Benns
ISBN: 9781760896690 1760896691 1760896705 9781760896706
OCLC Number: 1113941641
Notes: First published as "When the bough breaks" by Bantam in 2003.
Description: xiii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some colour) ; 20 cm.
Contents: Preface to the second edition --
Prologue --
pt. 1. Caleb --
pt. 2. Patrick --
pt. 3. Patrick's twilight --
pt. 4. Sarah --
pt. 5. Laura --
pt. 6. Unlucky last --
pt. 7. Suspicion --
pt. 8. The diaries --
pt. 9. Sweet little lies --
pt. 10. I am my father's daughter --
pt. 11. Odyssey --
pt. 12. Interview --
pt. 13. Tap tap --
pt. 14. Another diary --
pt. 15. Arrest --
pt. 16. Trial --
pt. 17. Verdict --
pt. 18. Sentence --
pt. 19. 2019: Supernatural power --
End notes.
Other Titles: When the bough breaks.
Responsibility: Matthew Benns.

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The true story of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg. She killed her four children over 10 years. Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura Folbigg died one by one over a 10-year period in similar circumstances - suddenly, unexpectedly and while sleeping. Each was discovered by Kathleen, their mother, who raised the alarm to her husband, Craig, that they were not breathing. When the Folbiggs' marriage fell apart six weeks after the death of their fourth child, Laura, Craig was devastated. It only got worse when he discovered Kathleen's diary in her bedside drawer. Horrified at his wife's ramblings about losing control with the children, her 'terrible thoughts' and her fears she was her 'father's daughter', he took the diary to the police. The diary was the crucial evidence Detective Bernie Ryan had been searching for to confirm his suspicions that the babies had been murdered. With his career and credibility on the line, he made the decision to charge Kathleen Folbigg with the murder of her four innocent babies. No one who knew Kathleen could believe she had murdered her own children. Yet few knew of her tragic past - the fact that her own father had stabbed her mother to death four decades earlier. When The Bough Breaks exposes the secret life of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, a woman jailed for the unthinkable crime of killing her own children. It raises important issues about parents who do not feel emotionally attached to their children and about the diagnosis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as a cause of death.

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