Grandmother accused of trying to kill step-grandson, 11, three times


None of this sounds like multiple coincidences does it? Grandmother or not, What sort of person would allegedly and continually try to kill children in their care and not expect to be caught. I shudder to think what may of happened if this woman was not arrested prior to the festivities of tonight! She can’t be named but the dad(s) are outraged as they should be that this has been allowed to fester over several years after suspicions were first raised. More to come

(Please not this is not the same grandmother that is charged with murdering 8 family members recently. This is another tragic crime in QLD.)

 KATE KYRIACOU, THOMAS CHAMBERLIN
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Woman charged over attempted fire murders

BRISBANE’S “house of horrors” grandmother tried three times to kill her 11-year-old step-grandson – once in a fire and twice by suffocating him in his bed, police will allege.

The 58-year-old Caboolture woman will face court today charged with four counts of attempted murder, attempted arson and interfering with a corpse.

Police this month revealed they were investigating the deaths of two boys, one aged three years and the other seven months, at the Morayfield home, as well as the attempted murder of two boys, aged 11 and nine, in a fire.

WARNINGS IGNORED: Children not separated

Police will allege the 11-year-old boy woke on two separate occasions to the grandmother trying to smother him in his bed. They will claim she used a pillow and a tea towel in her attempts to murder the boy.

They said both deaths and the fire occurred when the grandmother was at the house.

It is understood investigators will rely on the boy’s version of events – a version denied by the grandmother.

Eleven year old boy involved in the incident.

Eleven year old boy involved in the incident.

Detectives yesterday confirmed they were continuing their investigations into the suspected murders of the two younger children – one being the woman’s seven-month-old grandson.

“Today is one step, there are still further steps to be taken in the investigation, so today is just one step,” Detective Acting Inspector Ben Fadian said.

The Courier-Mail can reveal police charged the woman with interfering with a corpse under the belief she lied about how and where the youngest boy died.

Police renewed their investigation into the death of the three-year-old boy, who died in July 2013 from a suspected infection, following a fire at the family’s Morayfield home on February 27.

The two older boys claimed to have been trapped inside their bedroom during a fire that broke out when they were being cared for by their grandmother. Police enlisted the help of the fire brigade to recreate the fire in an effort to determine why the boys had been unable to escape from the bedroom.

“Investigations to date show the children’s escape from the bedroom was intentionally impeded,” police said.

The seven-month-old baby who died with his grandmother and his father.

The seven-month-old baby who died with his grandmother and his father.

The father of the two older boys said he was horrified to learn the woman had been charged with attempting to murder one of his sons on three occasions.

“No one has called me,” he said. “I have no contact details for them (the boys). It’s pretty bad.”

The three-year-old boy died on July 27 after suffering flu-like symptoms. He was taken to hospital but went into cardiac arrest.

On September 27, seven months after the fire, the children’s mother found the baby boy dead in his cot.

The baby’s father at the gate to the property yesterday.

The baby’s father at the gate to the property yesterday.

The grandmother is believed to have told police she put the child to bed with a bottle the night before and got up at 2am to check on him after hearing him stir.

She said she woke at 7am to the sounds of the boy’s mother “screaming hysterically”.

The boy’s father said this month that he believed his mother was not capable of killing “anything”.

He said he woke one morning to the news his son was dead.

Yesterday, the man walked out of his house carrying a sign with the words “private property no entry”, saying he would expose “lies” and “corruption” in the case.

Police yesterday questioned the children’s mother about whether she had taken steps to protect the children.

Solicitor Tim Meehan, from Bosscher Lawyers, said the grandmother was “assisting police”.

Additional reporting Chris McMahon and Trenton Akers

Memories of laughter where there are children no more

NESTLED among stands of trees and tropical palms, at the end of a winding drive, is Brisbane’s “house of horrors”.

It’s a place where boys once laughed and played. Where a large block of garden provided endless room to run and chase. But there were no children behind the wire fence of the Morayfield home yesterday – the home where police suspect two children were murdered and another two locked in a fire.

It was once home to the children’s grandmother. Police say she was there when the three-year-old boy died.

She was there when a fire broke out inside the house, threatening two boys in their beds. And she was there when the youngest – an infant of seven months – died at night.

She was the last to see both boys alive and the only adult home when the fire started.

The woman’s son – and the father of the youngest boy – walked the neglected yard to place a sign at the property’s front gate. He said he would expose “lies” and “corruption” in the case.

In a previous interview, the man said his mother was a beautiful kind-hearted person.

“I highly believe my mother would not be capable of killing anything,” he said. “Why would she all of a sudden? She is still the same person from 20 years ago.”

The sign he held yesterday – “private property no entry” – warned media to keep away. It was a repeat of an earlier warning when a visitor threatened to assault journalists waiting in the street.

The home’s four bedrooms are no longer home to those who played and slept there. Two little boys are dead. Two older boys are now in a “safe house”.

The Courier-Mail was once invited inside, viewing the small room where the fire took hold. There was no sign of the flames the family claimed began when someone threw an object through the window.

The grandmother has denied any wrongdoing – both with the fire and the deaths of the two boys


Cops investigating murder of two children and attempted murder of another two children from same Morayfield family

Detective Acting Superintendent Damien Hansen talks to the press on the murder of two chi

Detective Acting Superintendent Damien Hansen talks to the press on the murder of two children and attempted murder of another two children at Morayfield earlier this year.

POLICE are investigating the murder of two children and attempted murder of another two children from the same family at Morayfield, on Brisbane’s northern outskirts.

Acting Detective Superintendent Damien Hansen said nobody has been charged yet.

On July 27, 2013, a three-year-old child was reported dead at the home.

On February 27, 2014, there was a suspicious fire in which another two children, aged 9 and 11, had their escape blocked.

He said the QFES has assisted in a reconstruction of the burning bedroom where the two kids where sleeping.

“Through our investigations with Queensland Fire and Rescue … forensically we are able to say the fire was deliberately lit,” Det Supt Hansen said.

“The children couldn’t open the door at the time.”

“The children were inside the room and could not exit the room.”

One of the children suffered burns to their lower limbs and was treated at the Caboolture Hospital. Both children were treated for smoke inhalation along with other occupants of the house.

Then, on 27 September, 2014, a seven-month-old was found dead.

Det Supt Hansen said the investigation escalated from police “linking all three incidents”.

“It was certainly something more than a coincidence,” he said.

He said the homicide squad was involved and the Coroner had also agreed to re-investigate the deaths as suspicious deaths.

“(They were) initially thought to be SIDS deaths,” he said.

He said the parents had been cooperative.

“I regard murder as one of the most serious offences, if not the most serious offence that can occur. To have it happen to defenceless children is just mind-boggling,” he said.

“They are all from the same family, with all the incidents occurring at the same home.”

“I can’t name the family for legal reasons or give the address but I am making an appeal that anybody who knows this family, anybody who happened to be in the Morayfield area on the evening of February 27, 2014, and saw anything suspicious … if they can contact investigators through crime stoppers.”

Police have released a video as part of the investigation, they say, “in order to bring this investigation to a close”.

Det Supt Hansen said: “We are very confident we have the right line of inquiry with this investigation and will have a conclusion in the near future.”

“The recreation of the burning bedroom is a key focus for our investigation and it is where we have developed strong leads and our main focus.”

Police say the investigation has been comprehensive and protracted and has been led by the Homicide Group with the assistance of the Child Trauma Taskforce and regional and forensic investigators.

Luke Batty, 11, dies in horrific attack by his father, Greg Anderson at Tyabb cricket oval


UPDATE 14/02/14

Victoria’s Chief Police Commissioner Ken Lay says police had been dealing with complaints against Anderson for at least a decade and there were five outstanding warrants for his arrest relating to domestic violence.

“We owe it to the community, we owe it to Luke, we owe it to Rosie to understand exactly what happened not only with police, but other services so the community can understand exactly what happened but I just hope that this may well be the next step to get so much better in the family violence space,”

 says police had been dealing with complaints against Anderson for at least a decade

says police had been dealing with complaints against Anderson for at least a decade

Killer dad Greg Anderson tormented family for years, faced arrest warrants and threatened to kill Luke’s mother

We can reveal that Greg Anderson should have been behind bars when he murdered his son.

Police failed to execute ­arrest warrants in the weeks leading up to Wednesday night’s horrific incident.

Anderson was a violent drifter who had tormented his ­estranged family for years.

The warrants were issued after he repeatedly failed to turn up at court on charges of assaulting Luke’s mum and threatening to kill her.

It is understood four separate warrants for his arrest were issued throughout January but police failed to apprehend him.

Victoria Police said that its investigations would look into “not only the events on the night, but also all relevant circumstances which preceded them”.

The force said it would not be commenting further.

On May 16, 2012, Anderson assaulted Rosie Batty by grabbing her by the hair, pushing her to the ground and kicking her before threatening her with a glass vase.

Ms Batty told police she feared her former partner suffered from some form of mental disorder.

Anderson was also arrested and charged after making threats to kill her on January 3 last year.

During the incident Anderson allegedly said to Ms Batty: “Right now I really want to kill you. I want to cut off your foot. I hope you have made a will.”

Anderson was arrested again by police on May 27 last year after attending his son’s football training.

Sources say Anderson, who was living in his unregistered car, had little to do with his son for years before re-entering his life and taking his mother through a long court battle.

Although known to Hastings and Frankston police, who felt sorry for Ms Batty, Anderson’s legal matters were ongoing so he didn’t have prior convictions at the time of his death.

Despite the incidents of domestic violence in the past two years, Anderson and Ms Batty had tried to work out ­access visits for Luke. In addition to the threats to kill and assault charges, Anderson was also facing a charge relating to accessing child porn.

He was arrested after viewing the porn at Emerald Hill Library on November 17, 2012.

Library staff noticed what he was looking at and raised the alarm. When Anderson was arrested he was found with a USB stick containing the child porn images.

Sources say Anderson had psychological issues but refused to be assessed or treated.

It is believed family had wanted Anderson to get counselling but he had refused.

Considering there were warrants out for Anderson’s arrest, questions have been raised as to whether he should have been allowed to have an access visit.

A man who shared a house with Anderson said he had to ask him to leave after being threatened with death.

The man, who did not want to be named, had lived with Anderson in Chelsea Heights since late last year but decided three weeks ago he had to go.

“We knew he had psychological problems but we found out recently how crazy he was,” the man said yesterday.

“He threatened to kill me. I had to take out an intervention order against him. I was meant to go

LUKE Batty was seen with his father after 6pm, when training finished, doing extra batting practice.

It is understood about 20 minutes later, the father was spotted bending over the motionless boy.

Police believe the child had been struck to the head with a cricket bat and attacked with a knife as he lay prone on the field. It was initially thought Luke may have suffered a sporting injury so ambulance officers were called. They were confronted by a bloodied, knife-wielding Mr Anderson.

Four police arrived soon after and were menaced by Mr Anderson, who reportedly asked to be shot as he advanced on them. Capsicum spray had no impact and, as he then closed on one policeman, that officer fired one shot to the chest, felling Mr Anderson.

Police then moved in and cleared the weapon away but Mr Anderson continued to struggle as paramedics tried to get him into an ambulance and off to hospital.

No car connected to the armed dad was found at the scene, leading police to believe he may have caught the train from Chelsea Heights to Tyabb. A premeditated suicide-by-cop scenario is one element of the probe into the tragedy.

The father made no attempt to leave the scene after the attack on his son and continued to advance on police as the risk of being shot escalated.

Police Association Secretary Greg Davies said there was then no option but to fire.

“There’s every likelihood this is suicide-by-cop. You’ve got a knife and they’ve all got firearms,” Sen-Sgt Davies said.

“It’s a police officer’s worst nightmare to see a young tacker apparently murdered by a man who turns out to be his father, who then advances on you with a knife. They (police) appear to have done everything possible to avoid this outcome.”

Veteran police were shocked at the brutality, one comparing it with the actions of child-killers Robert Farquharson and Arthur Freeman. “This is horrific and it’s in front of other kids,” one officer said.

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
May 2012: Anderson unlawfully assaults Rosemary Batty at her home in Tyabb by grabbing her hair, pushing her to the ground and kicking her before threatening her with a glass vase. Later charged.

November 2012: Caught by staff at Emerald Hill library viewing child porn on a public computer. Charged by police with viewing child porn and two months later possessing child porn when officers find him with a USB stick containing the images.

January 2013: Anderson again attends Ms Batty’s home and allegedly threatens to kill her. Arrested later that day and charged.

April 2013: Fails to appear in accordance with his bail conditions at Frankston Magistrates’ Court.

January 2014: Warrants are issued for Anderson’s arrest after repeated failures to attend his court dates.

What a tragic awful crime, committed in front of kids and families who just finished cricket training. It must have been so hard for paramedics trying to save this cowards life after he had just murdered his own son in cold blood. My heart goes out to the mum who was also there and witnessed it…

WHY does this happen?

UPDATE 5.30 pm 13/02/14

Rosie Batty in ‘disbelief’ after son Luke killed on cricket oval by father Greg, who had history of mental illness

By Monique Ross

The mother of an 11-year-old boy killed by his father at a cricket ground in Victoria has spoken of her shock, and revealed her estranged partner had a history of mental illness and was the subject of an apprehended violence order (AVO).

Luke Batty with his mother Rosie

Luke Batty with his mother Rosie

Luke Batty was killed in front of horrified onlookers after a cricket training session at the oval in the small town of Tyabb, south-east of Melbourne, on Wednesday evening.

His 54-year-old father Greg was shot by police at the scene and died in hospital early this morning.

Luke’s mother Rosie Batty was at the cricket ground when the tragedy unfolded, after her son asked for “a few more minutes” with his father.

This afternoon she described her “shock” and “disbelief” and told reporters her estranged partner Greg was a man who loved his son but had suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness for two decades.

“Luke was nearly as tall as me. He was sensitive. He enjoyed his footy, he enjoyed his cricket,” she said.

Luke was nearly as tall as me. He was effervescent, he was funny. He wasn’t the best scholar but he was intelligent.

“He was effervescent, he was funny. He wasn’t the best scholar but he was intelligent. He enjoyed his school.”

She says Luke loved his father and “felt pain” because he knew he was struggling.

“He was a little boy in a growing body that felt pain and sadness and fear for his mum, and he always believed he would be safe with his dad,” she said.

“[I told him] ‘you’ll always love your dad. You won’t always like what they do or say, but you’ll always love your dad, and he’ll always love you’.”

Father had long history of mental illness

Ms Batty says she had known Greg for 20 years, and over that time his mental health deteriorated.

“[He went] from someone who brushed off losing a job to someone that was unemployable,” she said.

“He was in a homelessness situation for many years. His life was failing. Everything was becoming worse in his life and Luke was the only bright light in his life.”

She says Greg had been offered help, but he failed to accept it, instead choosing to “believe he was OK”.

She had an AVO against Greg, but says he loved Luke and there were no signs he would ever hurt their son.

No-one loved Luke more than Greg, his father. No-one loved Luke more than me. We both loved him.

“You’re dealing with someone who’s always had problems, and they start out small and over the years they get bigger, but he’s still the father,” she said.

“He loved his son. Everyone that’s involved with children would know that whatever action they take is not because they don’t love them.

“No-one loved Luke more than Greg, his father. No-one loved Luke more than me. We both loved him.”

She says people thought she was the one at risk, and some had urged her to return to her home country.

“Doctors, psychologists, everyone said to me, why don’t you go back to England and live there? But Luke wanted to be here,” she said.

“His school was here, his friends were here. And I had decided that was the right choice.”

‘Family violence happens to everybody’

Ms Batty says if there is a silver lining to be found in the tragedy, it will be increased awareness about the issue of family violence.

“I want to tell people that family violence happens to [anybody], no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are,” she said.

“When you’re involved with family violence, friends, family judge you, the woman. The decisions you should make, the decisions you don’t make.

I want to tell people that family violence happens to [anybody], no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are.

“You’re the victim, but you become the person that people condemn.

“The people here reading this will say ‘why didn’t she protect him, why didn’t she make certain decisions’.

“But when you actually finally decide enough is enough, and decide to go through a court process, you do not know what the outcome will be.

‘What I want people to take from this is that it isn’t simple. People judge you, people tell you what you should do. You do the best you can.”

She says she does not regret allowing Greg to have a relationship with his son despite the problems, as her “guiding star” was ensuring Luke knew he was loved by both of his parents.

Mother first thought it was an accident

Ms Batty says her son died after what was “just a normal cricket practice”.

“Most of the kids and parents had gone. Luke came to me and said, ‘could I have a few more minutes with my dad’ because he doesn’t see him very often and I said, ‘sure, OK’,” she said.

“There was no reason to be concerned. I thought it was in an open environment.”

She says when she realised something was wrong, she thought an accident had happened and tried to call an ambulance.

“I tried to ring but couldn’t ring because I was too stressed. I looked for help and I ran towards help, screaming ‘get an ambulance, this is really bad’,” she said.

“I thought Greg had accidentally hurt him from a bowling accident … and that Greg’s anguish was because he had hurt Luke accidentally.

“I was screaming, I was inconsolable.”

Paramedics called to the sports ground on Frankston-Flinders Road treated the boy but were unable to revive him.

Police are refusing to give more details of the incident, but some witnesses say a cricket bat was used.

Ms Batty says it was only later that she realised that what happened to Luke was not an accident.

“What I saw that I thought was Greg comforting Luke and helping him with what I thought was an accident, wasn’t necessarily what I saw,” she said.

“The full extent of what happened I don’t want anyone, other than the [coroner], to know.

“Luke was killed by his father. No-one else including myself needs to know the details of what he actually did.”

‘Police acted the way they needed to act’

Homicide detectives have spoken to several children who saw Luke die and then watched as police then shot his father.

Officers say they shot the man in the chest after he threatened them with a knife. Police say they tried to subdue him with capsicum spray but that did not work.

Greg, from Chelsea Heights, was flown to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, where he died about 1:30am.

Ms Batty says police did not do anything wrong.

“The police acted the way they needed to act. In the past Greg has been confrontational and difficult,” she said.

“The police had no other option.”

She says Greg had not violated terms of the AVO by attending the event.

“It was allowed from the intervention order. It was a public place, I believed he was safe,” she said.

“It was just a little cricket practice. There was people there, I believed he was safe.”

Ms Batty says she is grateful for the support of loved ones, and will soon be joined by family who are travelling to Australia from England.

February 13, 2014 12:02PM

EMOTIONAL friends have paid tribute online to an 11-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on the Mornington Peninsula last night.

Luke Batty was horrifically killed by his father during cricket training at Tyabb Cricket Ground about 6.30pm yesterday.

Paramedics frantically tried to revive the Grade 6 student, but he died at the scene from head injuries.

Tributes to the slain boy began pouring in on social media last night, with one Facebook page attracting nearly 6,000 members by 9am.

Carol Bennett said she was “so sorry that you were taken so early in your life and in such a horrific way.”

Tahila Williams wrote: “It’s sad to see such a young boy have his life taken away from him when he had done nothing wrong.”

Yvette Wagg said: “Very sad and shocked to hear this devastating news… Condolences to all”.

After the attack four police officers tried to subdue his knife-wielding father with capsicum spray before shooting him in the chest, witnesses said.

The Chelsea Heights man, 54, was taken to The Alfred hospital where he died about 1.30am, Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said.

“I can confirm that the male that the police shot was the father of the deceased boy,” Commander Doug Fryer said last night.

The boy’s mother was at the ground.

“We’ve had an absolute tragedy here tonight,” Commander Fryer said from the scene.

“It’s a horrific scene.”

Speaking this morning, Commander Fryer said it had been a “shocking time” for the boy’s family, the witnesses at the scene and the officers involved.

“Our members were confronted by an incident that thankfully, it’s very rare when it happens, but when it does, they put their training into practice,” Commander Fryer told 3AW.

“They used an option that they thought appropriate and unfortunately we’ve now got two people dead.”

Commander Fryer said the boy’s mother, who was estranged from his father, was “in close proximity to where this happened”.

“I don’t know how a mother gets past losing her son in these sorts of ways,” he said.

Children were at the ground for cricket training and Commander Fryer said police wanted to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.

“We spoke to a lot of people last night,” he said.

“Because cricket practice had just finished, we think there were probably kids down there and parents down there that may have seen something who we haven’t yet spoken to.

Luke’s classmates were told of his tragic death this morning when they arrived at Flinders Christian Community College in Tyabb.

The flag was flying at half-mast as parents, students and teachers rallied around each other.

Luke was remembered as a popular, happy child who loved life and enjoyed his sport at an emotional school meeting this morning.

Executive principal Jill Healey said the death of the popular Year 6 student was “an absolute shock and a tragedy”.

“There were lots of tears this morning,” she said.

She said the school community was coping as well as could be expected, and that counselling had been arranged for all those affected by Luke’s death.

Luke’s friends plan to hold a vigil for the 11-year-old at the cricket oval where he was killed.

The small community is reeling from the horrible crime and friends have already begun to bring flowers.

Taylor Cuthbertson, 15, said a friend of hers was a witness to the horrible scenes.

“He was just crying when he was telling me what happened.

“It’s so horrible.”

Emergency services were called to the oval on Frankston-Flinders Rd in Tyabb about 6.30pm yesterday following the vicious attack.

Witnesses said when officers from Mornington police station arrived, the father turned on them with a knife, forcing them to shoot him.

The man was flown to The Alfred hospital, where he later died.

The incident shocked the local community, with one resident describing it as “bloody horrific”.

Tyabb Cricket Club officials would not comment about the incident last night, saying it was “too raw”.

But the club’s junior cricket co-ordinator, Ron Dyall, said the boy — in grade 6 at Flinders Christian Community College — had played for the club for two or three years and was also an avid footballer.

Mr Dyall said he was devastated by what had happened.

“As his coach, I knew him pretty well,” he said.

“My own son plays in his team. I’m trying to figure out how to break it to him, and how we’re gonna deal with the kids.”

Local Wayne Murray, 64, said he heard what he thought was fireworks about the time of the shooting.

He said “a shiver (ran) down my spine” when he learned the sounds were gunshots.

“I heard a couple of pop pops,” he said.

“It didn’t sound unusually loud. I’ve never seen anything like this. It doesn’t happen here.”

Melissa, 37, who did not wish to give her surname, said her father had also heard gunshots.

“We heard helicopters going over the oval,” she said. “I have an 11-year-old. I was nearly in tears when I heard.”

Commander Fryer said four local officers were confronted by the knife-wielding man when they arrived about 6.40pm.

“They’ve attempted to use less than lethal force (OC foam). They’ve attempted to talk him down. That has been unsuccessful,” he said.

“They have then discharged a firearm, hitting that male once in the chest.”

Commander Fryer said police were still working to ­determine what caused the local boy’s death.

He could not confirm reports the boy was being beaten by his father with a cricket bat when police ­arrived, but said he suffered “significant injuries”.

 

 

 

Kathleen Folbigg-triple child killer, writing to allan jones


I had this wicked witch listed under a thread on High profile Convictions or somewhere a long time ago but when I read an article where she was writing to Media heavyweight Alan Jones like a giggling immature school girl I though it all needs to be dragged back to reality.

She murdered her infant children. Could of got away with it too. Have a read and let me know what you think. To get the current gist, here is the article I am talking about, followed by what this person has done ( I refuse to call her a mother)

IT IS A MUST READ AND A REMINDER WE MUST ALL BE VIGILANT

MATTHEW BENNS

January 20, 2014

 CONVICTED child killer Kathleen Folbigg has written heartfelt letters from inside jail to her new “friend”, broadcaster Alan Jones.

‘Different and separate from some of the worst criminals I have lived with’. Folbigg wrote this of herself to Alan Jones.

‘Different and separate from some of the worst criminals I have lived with’. Folbigg wrote this of herself to Alan Jones.

“Something I’ve always prided myself on over the years is always being different and separate from some of the worst criminals I have lived with,” she tells him in letters from her Silverwater Jail cell.

Jones believes the case against Folbigg is flawed and has backed a University of Newcastle Legal Centre bid for a judicial inquiry into her case this year.

“She writes a letter and I reply. We try to keep these peoples’ spirits up. It is an awful thing tobe locked away if you are innocent,” the 2GB broadcaster said.

He released the letters to The Daily Telegraph to highlight the “injustice” of the case against her. “Everyone needs someone to love them, don’t they?” he said.

“Surely we have an obligation to see that justice has been properly administered,” added Jones, who believes scientific evidence against Folbigg has been discredited.

But in a fresh twist, Jones called The Telegraph yesterday to say that, despite having visited Folbigg in jail and vigorously campaigning for a review of her case, he himself was not sure she was innocent.

Folbigg was sentenced in 2003 to 40 years, reduced to 30 on appeal, for the murder of three of her young children and the manslaughter of one between 1989 and 1999. She has served 10 years.

In the letters, Folbigg tells Jones how she has taken up painting and is looking forward to living in a granny flat in her best friend’s house in the country. She also talks about fellow inmates in the notorious high-protection child-killer wing of the jail. They include Kristi Abrahams, who killed her daughter Kiesha, 6, and Keli Lane, whose baby Tegan has never been found.

“I so don’t like being associated even in general with (the) likes of them. They are guilty and seriously not very nice women with many issues,” she says.

Folbigg clings to memories of her life before jail. “I have hung on to my 35 years of life (even as traumatic as it was) to any of the years that I would ever spend in here.

“Hung on to, a typical basically normal lifestyle. And even suffering so much death, disappointment and grief, it was a normal work, exercise, partner, home life. No drugs, no alcohol, no vices or excesses. So that makes me quite different to everyone in here. LOL,” she writes.

And then in a moment of reflections she adds: “Guess ‘normal’ is extremely suggestive isn’t it? Oh well, I hope you understand my jabbering on, on some level. Ha! LOL.”

She talks about hoping a judicial inquiry will have a “snowball” effect. “Of course my rational/logical side of me says ‘no guarantees’ and doubts about the success of it all are ever present. Especially as another week, another month, another year roll by. But that (is) to be human isn’t it? Full of hopes, dreams, doubts, determination. LOL. I have certainly come to discover that people care Alan.

“And it’s been quite refreshing. People say they care but actions don’t show it. The group of people I now include in my life, that’s including you too Mr, have undoubtedly shown me their hearts/minds and colour of their souls. LOL. Can’t ever ask for better than that in your life,” she writes.

Folbigg is relying on the team from the University of Newcastle Legal Centre gaining a judicial inquiry. Researchers also have argued she is the last serial child killer to remain in jail after the work of British serial child killer expert Sir Roy Meadow was discredited.

Appeal a disgusting ridiculous joke-Folbigg’s sister Lea Bown.

Appeal a disgusting ridiculous joke-Folbigg’s sister Lea Bown.

But Folbigg’s sister Lea Bown said the appeal was “a disgusting ridiculous joke. She has been found guilty by 12 jurors and there is no way those children died by anything other than her hand”.

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Her Father’s Daughter – The Kathleen Folbigg Story

Against All Odds

When Kathleen Megan Marlbourough left school in 1982, she was 15. Like many kids her age with a limited education, she worked at several low-paying jobs before marrying at age 20. Her husband, Craig Folbigg, was a steel worker. He was 25. They settled in Mayfield, a suburb of Newcastle, Australia’s sixth-largest city an hour’s drive north of Sydney.

Within a year, Kathleen was pregnant. She gave birth to their first child a son, Caleb, in February 1989. At the time of his birth Caleb was described as full term and healthy.

Five days later Kathleen took him home. One morning while feeding him, Kathleen noticed that Caleb was having difficulty breathing and took him back to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him as having a lazy larynx.

At 8 p.m. on February 19, 1989, Kathleen put Caleb in his crib to sleep. At 2:50 a.m. the next morning, Craig Folbigg was awoken by his wife’s screams. Running to the sunroom where the baby slept, Craig saw Kathleen standing over the crib screaming, my baby, something is wrong with my baby.

Caleb Folbigg was dead at just 20 days old.

The official cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death.

Seven months later, Kathleen was pregnant again. She gave birth to another son, Patrick, in June 1990.

On October 18, 1990, Kathleen put Patrick to bed. Craig looked in on him at 10 p.m., and he appeared to be sleeping peacefully. At 3:30 a.m. the next morning he was again awoken by Kathleen’s screams.

According to the police statement, He rushed into Patrick’s room and saw his wife standing over Patrick who was lying in his cot. Mr. Folbigg picked up the baby and noted faint, laboured breathing. He commenced resuscitation until the ambulance arrived. Patrick regained consciousness, but was (later) found to now have epilepsy and be blind.

Patrick survived, but not for long.

On the morning of February 13, 1991, Kathleen called Craig at work, and, according to the police statement, said: It’s happened again. Craig left work and arrived home just as the ambulances came. Patrick was taken to hospital, but was dead on arrival.

An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was an acute asphyxiating event resulting from an epileptic fit.

Following Patricks death, the Folbiggs moved to Thornton, a town northwest of Newcastle.

A year later, Kathleen was pregnant again. In October 1992, a daughter Sarah was born.

All seemed well until 11 months later when Sarah caught a cold and was having trouble sleeping.

By 1:30 a.m. the next morning Sarah was dead.

This time, according to the police report, Craig was awoken by Kathleens screams and saw her standing in the doorway of their bedroom. Sarah was lying in bed, motionless.

Her death was officially attributed to SIDS.

After Sarah’s death they relocated to Singleton in Hunter Valley, a popular wine producing area north of Newcastle.

The couple spent two years there before Kathleen became pregnant for the fourth time. Their second daughter, Laura, was born in August 1997.

Laura was apparently healthy when Kathleen brought her home three days later. Unlike her siblings, Laura’s breathing and sleep patterns were monitored closely for several weeks after her birth, just to be sure.

All was well until 19 months later when Laura caught a cold.

Kathleen gave her medication but at 12:05 p.m. on March 1, 1999, she called an ambulance after Laura allegedly stopped breathing. According to the official report, two ambulance officers arrived to find Kathleen performing CPR on her daughter on the breakfast bar. They examined Laura and found that she was not breathing and had no pulse.

As before, an autopsy was conducted but, unlike the others, the coroner considered Laura too old to have succumbed to SIDS, recorded her cause of death as undetermined, and ordered a police investigation.

Damning Evidence

When Detective Sergeant Bernard Ryan was assigned to investigate Laura Folbigg s death, he could have looked at the case as just one more tragic cot death. But, following the coroners finding, he decided to consider all the possibilities.

Detective Ryan began his investigation routinely by interviewing Kathleen and Craig Folbigg. When he learned that Laura was the fourth child to have died in a similar fashion, however, his suspicions grew.

Then the case took an unexpected turn. Kathleen, who had left her husband after Laura’s death, had moved out without taking many of her possessions. While Craig was cleaning up, he made an unpleasant discovery.

In a bedside drawer he found her diaries, whose contents, he later told the court, made him want to vomit. He took them to the police.

He told police that he had the odd suspicion,” but after finding the diaries his suspicions became horribly real.

Detective Ryan learned that Kathleen had been keeping diaries most of her life, but had thrown most of them away. The ones Craig found obviously had been overlooked.

Her entries indicated a woman torn by mixed emotions. On one hand, she wanted children to prove she could do it, just like other women could, and described the feeling of having a child growing inside her and being impatient for the birth: We’re all waiting, little one, when will you come?

On the other hand, she wrote about the frustrations of being a mother, including her inability to breast feed despite numerous, fruitless attempts with each child.

She also wrote about the resentment she felt after each birth when the attention shifted away from her to the new baby, describing it as a feeling of abandonment just like she had experienced as a child, where she was in a family but never felt like part of it.

She wrote about her wild mood swings and how she watched fish swim in a tank to try and calm herself: I don’t know, how do I conquer this? Help is what I want.

Her writings also disclosed her innermost fears. She worried that Craig would leave her. She felt threatened when he teased her about her weight, and wrote about how she couldn’t deal with his perpetual flirtations. At one point, when he rejected her advances because of her pregnancy, she wrote, Craig’s roving eye will always be of concern to me.

Must lose extra weight or he will be even less in love with me than he is now. I know that physical appearance means everything to him, she wrote.

When she was pregnant with Laura, she wrote: On a good note, Craig said last night he accepts that I’m not going to be skinny again. That’s wonderful, but I know deep in my heart he wants his skinny wife back.

Time after time she wrote about her weight and Craig’s preoccupation with it. Got to start changing my life and becoming a hot-looking energetic mother for my daughter and a sexy wife for my husband.

An entry on November. 13, 1996, indicated the isolation she felt, even from her own family. Why is family so important to me? She wrote. I now have the start of my very own, but it doesn’t seem good enough. I know Craig doesn’t understand. He has the knowledge and stability and love from siblings and parents, even if he chooses to ignore them. Me I have no one but him. It seems to affect me so. Why should it matter? It shouldn’t.

Once, she was home alone when a storm struck. She wrote how she was torn between wanting Craig home to comfort her and then not wanting him there because of how bad he makes her feel: I actually relish in the fact he has a weight problem now. All the years of him tormenting me have come back to get him.

Another entry searched for identity: Thirty years. The first five I don’t really remember, the rest, I choose not to remember. The last 10-11 have been filled with trauma, tragedy, happiness and mixed emotions of all designs. If it wasn’t for my baby coming soon, I’d sit and wonder again what I was put on this earth for. What contribution have I made to anyone’s life?

Other entries seem more sinister. She wrote how stress made her do terrible things and spoke of flashes of rage, resentment and hatred toward her children.

The diaries also indicate that she had no control over her depression and feelings of resentment. She wrote about wanting to wake her husband and ask for help.

One entry marked 9:45, Wednesday, June 11, 1997 reads: My brain has too much happening, unstored and unrecalled memories just waiting. Heaven help the day they surface and I recall. That will be the day to lock me up and throw away the key. Something I’m sure will happen one day.

Some entries spoke specifically about her treatment of her children: I feel like the worst mother on this earth. Scared that she [Laura] will leave me now. Like Sarah did. I knew I was short-tempered and cruel sometimes to her and she left. With a bit of help.

She’s a fairly good-natured baby – thank goodness, it has saved her from the fate of her siblings. I’m sure she’s met everyone and they’ve told her, don’t be a bad or sickly kid, mum may, you know, crack. They’ve warned her – good.

Other entries showed some remorse: My guilt of how responsible I feel for them all, haunts me, my fear of it happening again, haunts me.

When I think I’m going to lose control like last time I’ll just hand baby over to someone else … This time I’m prepared and know what signals to watch out for in myself. Changes in mood etc.

Faced with this damning, though circumstantial evidence, Sergeant Ryan began to build a case against Kathleen Folbigg. From the time he started the long process of interviews and depositions to compile a chain of evidence, Ryan was often warned by doctors that he faced an uphill battle proving his case in court.

But as he dug into Kathleen’s past, Ryan also uncovered a terrible secret.

My Father’s Daughter

On a December evening in 1969, Thomas John Britton confronted Kathleen Mary Donavan outside her home in the Sydney suburb of Annandale and stabbed her 24 times.

They had been living in a de facto relationship, and had an 18-month-old daughter.

At the trial six months later, a woman who witnessed the murder gave evidence against Britton. She testified that after brutally murdering Donavan, Britton had knelt down and kissed her saying: I’m sorry, darling. I had to do it. Allegedly he then turned to the witness and said, I had to kill her because she’d kill my child.

Britton was convicted of murder and sent to prison. The child was sent to a church orphanage. Twelve years later, Britton was released and deported to the United Kingdom.

The little girl stayed in the orphanage until she was three. At that time Kathleen Megan Marlbourough was adopted by a foster family who lived in the Newcastle suburb of Kotara.

Kathleen was an adult before she met her half-sisters and learned the truth about her parents.

On October 14, 1996, with three of her children already dead, Kathleen made a disturbing diary entry that indicated how the tumultuous events of her childhood had affected her: Obviously I am my father’s daughter. It was to be her undoing.

The Trial

Detective Ryan took two years to assemble a case that prosecutors could try with a good chance of a conviction.

On April 19, 2001, Kathleen Megan Folbigg was arrested at her home, taken into custody, and charged with murdering her four children.

During her bail hearing at Maitland Local Court, Police prosecutor Daniel Maher told the court that the prosecution would show evidence from Folbigg’s own diaries, technical evidence from pathology experts, and testimony from her estranged husband to prove that Folbigg had killed her children.

While each child’s individual death had not raised much concern, Maher told the court, their collective deaths could only be attributed to suffocation.

He said the circumstances surrounding the deaths were not consistent with sudden infant death syndrome or cot death. This included the fact that each child was found face up, they were still warm when found and in two cases there were signs of life.

He also cited medical evidence from the United States, given by forensic pathologist Dr. Janice Ophoven that showed the chances of cot death being responsible were a trillion to one.

What that means is this is the only case that has occurred in the world. It’s just not likely.

He also told the court that Folbigg did not appear to grieve after each childs death.

Extensive tests had ruled out the possibility that the children suffered fatal genetic or viral disorders, he told the court.

While admitting that the diary entries were circumstantial, Maher argued that they contributed to her partial admission of guilt.

Brian Doyle, Folbiggs defence council, told the court the deaths were a coincidence adding, Every one of the children was in fact ill in their lifetime before their death.

He told the court that the medical experts the prosecution would call as expert witnesses had come to their conclusions after being supplied with Mrs. Folbigg’s diaries and other statements. So what we have got at the end, wholly and solely, is coincidences, he said.

After hearing submissions, Magistrate Richard Wakely refused bail and ordered Folbigg be held in custody to await trial.

During the two-month trial at Darlinghurst Supreme court in Sydney, the prosecution led by Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, Q.C., presented strong evidence that portrayed Folbigg as a woman preoccupied with her own life and looks, more interested in going to the gym and nightclubs than looking after her own children.

Focusing on the same evidence presented at the bail hearing, Tedeschi made the assertion that Folbigg had a low stress threshold and killed her four children by smothering each of them over a 10-year period because she could no longer deal with the day-to-day responsibility of being a mother.

Tedeschi also criticized Professor Hilton, the pathologist who had conducted Sarah’s post mortem examination. He had been wrong to attribute Sarah’s death to SIDS when he was aware of the family history, the prosecutor said.

He told the court that because of Hiltons finding a full police investigation or coronial inquiry was never called.

The court also heard that the chances of Laura dying of SIDS were extremely low because during her life she was exhaustively investigated, monitored and had lived beyond the SIDS danger period.

To support this theory, the prosecution called Dr.Christopher Seeton, the doctor in charge of the sleep investigation unit at Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Seeton told the court that Laura’s risk of dying from SIDS compared with other children was infinitely perhaps less than average, which is 1 in 1,000.

The crown also asserted that Folbigg avoided investigation because none of the children had shown signs of abuse so the matter was never reported to the Department of Child Services for attention.

The defence, led by lawyer Peter Zahra, refuted the claim and based their argument on the fact that the children had all been sick prior to their deaths.

To strengthen this argument, Zahra called Professor Roger Byard, a forensic pathologist who told the court that it was possible the children died from suffocation and medical problems relating to each of the four children could explain their deaths in isolation.

Considered an expert on cot deaths, Byard added: But the fact that there are all the other deaths in the family makes me less certain … I say undetermined because of the circumstances.

Asked in cross-examination whether it was possible the children had died from deliberate suffocation, Byard answered: It was a possibility, but declined to draw a stronger conclusion as he had not examined the death sites and the deceased children himself.

When questioned regarding the deaths of Patrick from epilepsy and Sarah from the heart disease, myocarditis, Professor Byard, said there was nothing in the pathology to show Patrick died of epilepsy, and added that only one child per year in Australia ever died of myocarditis.

Tedeschi shifted his attention to the incriminating diary entries claiming that they showed Kathleen Folbigg as deeply resentful of the intrusion her children had on her own life, in particular on her sleep, her ability to go to the gym, and her ability to socialize including going out dancing.

He drew attention to the fact that Folbigg was worried about her weight, telling the court: She was constantly preoccupied to an exaggerated degree on her weight gain due, in part, to the fact she couldn’t get to the gym because of her children,” he said.

He called witnesses to attest to the fact that Folbigg showed no obvious reaction to the deaths of her four children.

A hospital nurse described her as detached, and Deborah Grace, Folbiggs neighbour gave evidence that Folbigg was straight-faced after Laura’s death. There were no tears in her eyes. There was nothing, she told the court.

Folbiggs foster sister was also called and told the court that Folbiggs demeanour changed suddenly at Laura’s funeral from crying to being a totally different person. She was happy, laughing, enjoying a party.

During the presentation of evidence Folbigg remained calm, almost cool but during the fourth week of the trial she broke down as a video recording of her 1999 interview with police was played for the court. Crying uncontrollably, Folbigg attempted to leave the courtroom but was restrained by court staff and conveyed to a nearby hospital where she was sedated. The trial was delayed for several days while she recovered. When it resumed, Craig Folbigg was called to give evidence against his former wife.

In his testimony, he related the details of each baby’s death and described the terrifying growl that Kathleen would produce when she got frustrated with the children. He also told the court how Kathleen had pinned Laura to her high chair and attempted to force-feed her before dumping her on the floor with the words, “Go to your fucking father.” Several hours later, Laura was dead.

Two months after the trial began and the evidence presented, the lawyers for both sides completed their closing statements and the judge directed the jury to retire to consider their verdict. They returned in less than eight hours and told a hushed courtroom that they had reached a verdict. They found Kathleen Megan Folbigg guilty of murdering her four children.

As the verdicts were read, Folbigg broke down and cried and at one point turned toward her sister in the public gallery before slumping forward with her head in her hands.

She was taken to Mulawa Women’s Detention centre where she was placed in protective isolation, as women in prison take a very dim view of women who kill children, especially their own.

The following August she was returned to court to hear Justice Graham Barr officially sentence her to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 30 years.

Interviewed outside the court, Craig Folbigg dissolved into tears telling reporters, My humble thanks go to 12 people whom I have never formally met, who today share the honour of having helped set four beautiful souls free. Free to rest in peace finally.

Following the sentencing, Kathleen Folbiggs lawyers also made a brief statement indicating that they would begin working on an appeal at the first opportunity.

Betrayal

Several weeks after the trial, Folbigg wrote a scathing letter to the Sydney Morning Herald expressing her anger at the decision. It took four years to come up with a totally circumstantial non-factual, hearsay case, she wrote.

I now face being the most ‘hated’ woman around at the moment and death threats are a real consideration.

On the subject of her diaries she wrote: It’s a sad day when a mother can be put away for merely being a normal mother, who wrote down her emotions, anxieties and frustrations in bloody books.

She also defended herself against claims her demeanour was aloof and unemotional.

I didn’t have the choice to be any other way, she wrote. I would not have been useful in my own defence. The day may come where it is time to release it all, but till my battle is done in clearing my name and reputation, that day is not yet.

She also lashed out at her former husband saying he had betrayed her.

I have already suffered greatly at the hands of Craig and his capability to deliver with his tongue and his quite amazing ability to turn simple into exaggerated and extravagant tales.

Looking for Answers

Following the trial, Melbourne University Associate Professor Anne Buist, an expert in post-birth psychiatric disorders, told reporters that genetic predisposition, along with the loss of her mother at a young age, could have led Kathleen Folbigg to murder her children. We know her father killed her mother, so we know there is potentially a genetic issue there, she said.

Professor Buist also discussed the issue of neglect or emotional abuse of young children. A lot of studies have shown this can affect your development very significantly, she said. Both your brain development, your actual structural biological development if it starts early enough, as well as development at the level of not having a good parenting model, self-esteem.

Leading Sydney forensic psychiatrist Rod Milton, who gave evidence at Ivan Milats Backpacker Murder trial also agrees that the genetic implications of the case could not be rejected. We can’t discount what the father said If I let her (mother) live she would have killed the kid’.

I mean, it might be true, and that raises the genetic issue . . . that maybe there’s some sort of genetic tendency. We’re in the land of not knowing, but to exclude it would be folly. The obvious genetic implications can’t be rejected.

I think she must have lacked empathy for them, otherwise I don’t see how she could have killed them,” he said.

When asked if he thought Folbigg was mad or bad, he answered, she certainly wasn’t mad. Whether she was bad is in the judgment of others and not for me to say.

When asked if it would be possible to rehabilitate her, he said, the idea of her being released while still of child-bearing age is one that doesn’t inspire much confidence.

According to the U.S. National Centre for Health Statistics, infant homicides are classified as deaths purposefully inflicted by other persons on children less than one year old.

Studies from the same source also indicate that homicide is the leading cause of injury deaths among infants under one year of age in the United States and is the 15th leading cause of infant mortality from all causes.

In Australia, the Australian Institute of Criminology reports similar statistics: More infants under the age of one year are murdered each year in Australia than die in either motor traffic accidents, accidental poisonings, falls or drowning. Between 1989 and 1993 an average of 27 children aged under 15 were murdered each year in Australia. Almost two thirds of these children were aged five or less. Around half of all children killed by assault were under one year of age.

In a controversial article in Australia’s New Weekly magazine, Judy Wright, a criminologist at the Australia Institute of Public Safety in Melbourne, revealed the findings of her own investigation which she says shows that women are getting away with murder.

Her 1990 study revealed difficulties in prosecuting mothers that kill their children because a mother’s role is revered in society. Her study also indicates that when women are brought to trial for killing their children they mostly rely on mental disorders as their defence, she said. It’s all due to beliefs that no sane woman could be capable of wanting to kill her own child.

We look for explanations to say those mothers who kill must be sick not bad, just mad. Though we rather not think about it, women are capable of killing for the same reasons as men anger, revenge and power, she said.

To reach her findings, Wright examined hundreds of autopsy reports, coroner’s findings, Victorian Police homicide statistics and Supreme Court files as she investigated the deaths of seventy-four children between 1978 and 1990. She discovered that more than half had been murdered by their mothers, and in 11 cases women killed more than one child. Children had been drowned, set alight, stabbed, and suffocated and one baby had even been thrown out of a window by its mother who was furious at her partner for paying attention to their dog.

There were other deaths where mother’s sketchy explanations sounded suspicious, and 16 where the cause was undetermined. Many weren’t charged with murder, though there were clearly elements of rational planning in the offences. Those who were charged received lenient sentences after arguing they were traumatized, and others were given probation. Most were considered unwell and were treated accordingly.

As a result of her research, Wright also believes that many homicides have been falsely attributed to SIDS.

It’s a tragic excuse because it really devalues the pain of parents who genuinely lose children to SIDS she says.

Allan Cala, the forensic pathologist who voiced his suspicions after conducting an autopsy on Laura Folbigg agrees saying that homicide, accidental death and illness should be fully explored before reaching a diagnosis of SIDS.

He also believes that many pathologists give SIDS as the cause on death certificates to spare parents the trauma of a coronial inquest.

This may have also been the case for Kathleen Folbigg had it not been for her habit of writing down her innermost thoughts as without the damning evidence they contained she may never have been convicted or even brought to trial.

Even more disturbing is that at the time her case went to trial she was considering getting married a second time. She may have even considered having more children.

yesterdays paper

yesterdays paper

Here is an interesting addition, posted today on a sympathetic friend and blogger of Kathleen, called Alana House, who has a blog which can be found here. She is described as follows

Alana House is a blogger, mum and chook enthusiast (the live kind, not the fried kind, though she rather likes that too). Long, long ago she was a feature writer at Cosmopolitan magazine, where Mia Freedman sent her on crazy assignments to be a Dyke On A Bike at Mardi Gras and a judge at Miss Nude Australia. She went on to become editor of Woman’s Day magazine for five years. During her lunch breaks, she created and edited a series of children’s cookbooks: The ABC of Kids’ Cooking, The Nursery Rhyme Cookbook, Easy Kids’ Party Food, Easy As 1,2,3 and Fun Food. Follow her on Twitter (erratically) at twitter.com/AlanaHouse Visit Alana’s blog at housegoeshome.com

When Kathy met Alan (Jones) … In jail

By Alana House

January 20, 2014

unverified person TBA, Kathleen Folbigg and Alana House

unverified person TBA, Kathleen Folbigg and Alana House

After a decade of bone-crushing isolation and fear inside her cell at Silverwater Jail, there have finally been tantalizing glimmers of hope for my former school friend Kathleen Folbigg … and those who feel she didn’t receive a fair trial when she was convicted of murdering three of her children and the manslaughter of a fourth.

Among them is the decision by The University of Newcastle Legal Centre to work on a submission seeking a judicial inquiry into her case.

Another was the surprise appearance in the prison visitors’ room one afternoon of radio host Alan Jones that was revealed in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph.

Kathy told me during my last visit to the jail that knew something was afoot when a buzz of excitement swept through the prison guards and an unusually large number of them suddenly decided they were needed in the visitors’ area.

She sat on her usual pink metal stool, bolted to the floor. To her surprise, Alan walked into the room and sat opposite her on one of the visitors’ blue metal stools, also bolted down.

The mutual friends who had arranged the meeting procured snacks of Mars Bar Pods and Kettle Chips from the junk food machines in the hallway and placed them in plastic bowls on the little bolted-down metal table in front of them, like some Tim Burton-style nightmare version of a fairy toadstool picnic.

Kathy wore a white canvas jumpsuit, secured with an electrical cable tie at the neck, and a pair of ugly, green Dunlop sneakers. Alan wore his signature sports jacket and a broad smile.

They chatted for over an hour and she was charmed by his open attitude towards her plight.

For the 10 years prior her only visitors have been a handful of friends and a dedicated group of Salvation Army members who offer support.

Kathy had become resigned to being branded a cold-blooded child killer who deserved to be locked away for 26 years.

Having Alan visit – and offer his very public support on the cover of yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph – is a sign that the tide of public opinion may finally be turning.

Alan told journalist Matthew Benns (who previously wrote a book called “When The Bough Breaks” that actively condemned Kathy as a murderer) that after reading academic lawyer Emma Cunliffe’s book “Murder, Medicine and Motherhood” about the court case: “I am persuaded that the expert evidence is not convincing at all.”

Alan’s public support is a powerful thing. Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger, for example, told ABC’s Lateline after the 1998 federal election that he knew who to thank for the Howard government’s narrow victory: his friend Alan Jones.

Alan has a loyal and trusting radio following. He speaks out and people listen, they believe.

Alan notes to Benns: “Having met the woman I find her a very courageous woman and an outstanding person who faces this injustice with great dignity.”

There are many, many issues that I vehemently disagree with Alan Jones upon. There are many, many things that he’s said in the past that I find distasteful. His views on Julia Gillard and her father dying of shame being a disturbing case in point.

(UPDATE: And his decision this morning to release private letters from Kathy to The Daily Telegraph distressed me – Kathy will be mortified and disappointed. How can he not realise how much more difficult he has made her life behind bars?)

But his words about Kathy yesterday were spot on.

I can never imagine having her courage. Prison is a terrible place full of terrifying people and, as Alan notes: “Society collectively should be concerned if a woman’s lying in jail, convicted for (killing) four children, if she didn’t do it.”

When Kathy finally steps outside those prison walls – whether in one year or 15 – she will have nothing. No home, no money, no family. She has lost them all. The Salvos promise someone will be there to meet her when she is freed. But then what? How does she successfully re assimilate into society after being incarcerated for so long, when she’s hated by so many?

I’ve written blogs about Kathy and the vitriol they inspire is fascinating:

“She murdered her little babies after she snapped when they wouldn’t stop crying. She’s a cold, evil and manipulative woman who deserves to rot in jail.”

“She was cruel and evil. I shudder to think of what those poor little babies went through.”

“This woman killed her kids. There are no ifs or buts. She’s a cold-blooded killer. End of story.”

But it’s not the end of the story for me. My world isn’t so black and white. The possibility an innocent woman has been jailed haunts me.

I think I would go mad, locked away for so long, the world believing I murdered my own children. But Kathy is strong, she always has been. She believes her difficult past has helped her survive prison, without it she might have gone mad.

And now she needs to remain strong and not let her hopes get too wild. Because while a wave of public support, a visit from Alan Jones and a campaign by The University of Newcastle Legal Centre are thrilling developments there’s still a long and fraught battle ahead before a judicial inquiry is even countenanced, let alone successful.

But I look forward to visiting her in a few short weeks, hugging her tight and hoping her barrister gets that miracle chance to prove whether justice was indeed done. Time will tell alana, something those kids never got…

Below is a PDF of all court judgements in one document.

R v Folbigg ALL judgements

Child killer Robert Arthur Selby Lowe running jail sex ring


Is this how we expect child killers to be treated in our jails, Free bloody reign of the joint to do what they like when they like, Computers,USB sticks? Porn? How about hard labour and NO comforts, education, or rehab for lifers!!!! There are law abiding people on the streets doing it tougher than this scum bag is in jail. The new premier of Victoria is going to cut the spin from Government, lets see his reply to this bullshit.I am fed up with this sort of rubbish

A PRISON source says staff can’t stop technology smuggling after it was revealed that an evil child killer is running a depraved sex ring from inside one of Victoria’s jails.

 

Pervert and child Killer Robert Arthur Selby Lowe, running porn shop from jail

Robert Arthur Selby Lowe, who is serving a life sentence for the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Sheree Beasley, has recruited a gang of villains to smuggle child porn into Ararat prison.

A prison whistleblower told the Herald Sun Lowe had access to a steady supply of child porn, which he accessed on prison computers via smuggled USB sticks and memory cards.

A prison guard, who wished to remain anonymous, told heraldsun.com.au today that prison staff were powerless to stop the smuggling of USB and memory cards into prison.

“We can’t pick them up,’’ he said. “They’re hiding them internally.’’

The guard said Lowe had unhindered access to computers in the prison’s education department and was also involved in a church group.

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“You can bet he’s not talking about God,’’ he said.

The whistleblower claims Lowe, aided by a notorious police shooter, is using a prison sex program run out of the prison’s Children’s Visit Centre to groom young prisoners to be paedophiles.

“He’s been the chairman of these sessions,” the prison source told the Herald Sun. “He’s using the program to groom young, mentally ill inmates, and turning them into sick monsters like himself.”

Sheree Beasley was riding her bike from local shops to her home in Rosebud on June 29, 1991, when Lowe lured her to a merciless death.

People Against Lenient Sentencing spokesman Steve Medcraft said Lowe should be immediately moved back to a tougher prison. “How you can have a child killer at Ararat is beyond me. They should be in a hardened cell at Port Phillip or Barwon,” he said.

The S.H.A.R.E prison program – developed after repeated requests by inmates for a support program for gay prisoners – openly promotes sex between inmates, stating: “It’s just jail sex, you’re not gay (unless you kiss)”. The depraved ring includes career rapists, including a man who raped a woman only moments after walking from court on sex offences.

“Most of these guys they’re preying on shouldn’t even be there, they’re mentally ill,” the source said. “These guys are taking them in, getting them in debt then moving them on to the USBs … before long they’ve dumped their wives or girlfriends and are living with these sickos.”

Corrections Victoria defended the program, explaining that it was “one of a number of programs aimed at supporting prisoners and assisting with their re-integration back into society”.

The source, who now fears for his life, claims to have seen Lowe and other sex fiends watching child pornography on prison computers.

The contraband is allegedly smuggled into prison by visitors or picked up from secure locations while inmates are working outside prison walls.

Corrections Victoria said prison staff carried out regular searches of prisoners and their cells as well as regular audits of computer equipment used by prisoners to ensure they did not view contraband. It said prison staff supervised all program sessions.

READER COMMENTS TO NEWSPAPERS…PAY ATTENTION VIC GOVERNMENT THIS IS NOT HOW WE WANT OUR PRISONERS BEING REHABILITATED

  • paul Posted at 6:43 AM Today

    of course the prison staff monitor everything…and Carl Williams is still alive,,,hmmmmmm…come on Ted, lose the computers, the tellys and everything else namby pamby Hulls introduced…prison is for punishment.

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  • gra Posted at 6:53 AM Today

    WTF. Who allowed the moving of gay prisoners together so they can have sex. If that is going to the ‘accepted’ in prisons why not have women in male prisons. Labor and the Green’s have a lot to answer for and it will take years for Ted to undo the mess they have put Victoria into. If Labor had got back in with the Greens, what would we have got next? Gay marriages, adoptions and little apartments in prison.

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  • MAI of Melborune Posted at 7:17 AM Today

    Stop Pampering Criminals Why are these people given access to Computers? They should have have access to written materials (books etc) that are issued by the prison authority, no materials from visitors should be allowed. The sooner we treat these people as ‘criminals’ the better – get rid of all the softly softly ‘human rights’ pampering and get tough on the criminals, they don’t think about the rights of the humans lifes they destroy from their criminal acts.

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  • PAUL of Melb. Posted at 7:23 AM Today

    You have got to be kidding. If this stuff is going on then Corrections Victoria is rotten to the core. Ted fix this and lock these sicko’s away from each other.

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  • Mad mad world of Melbourne Posted at 7:25 AM Today

    And this is why we need back the death penalty!

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  • sue of essendon of essendon Posted at 7:33 AM Today

    this is really sick stuff

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  • Carolyn of Townsville Posted at 7:39 AM Today

    How do these slimey characters even have access to computers……..it’s wrong. They should be in solitary confinement for most of their day………..they are not human and should not be treated as such.

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  • Helen of Troy Posted at 7:43 AM Today

    Correction Victoria you are no better than these scum. This is an absolute disgrace and needs to stopped right now. When is Victoria going to wake upto itself and stop all this touchy touchy feely crap. Ted its time you showed us what you are really made off.

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  • Belinda of northern vic Posted at 8:01 AM Today

    Oh i love the last sentence “It said prison staff supervised all program sessions”….mmmm if that is the case then why has this been going on for so long? or is it the screws are in on it as well? put these sick bastards in a cell, lock the door and never let them out, they don’t deserve to have the privilege of having any contact with any humans, they’re like rabid dogs, they’ll never get better they need to be kept away from everyone else!

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  • Fred Bloggs of Castlemaine, Posted at 8:19 AM Today

    These Civil Rights Activists need to be on the receiving end of this sickness in our gaols. That’d make them change their mewling tunes. In gaol equals NO RIGHTS! They were sacrificed by committing the crime.

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  • Paul the Oracle of Olympus Posted at 8:21 AM Today

    AS I said. NO TV or internet in Prisons. Educational books only, even music should be vetted. And separate Prisoners from the evil influence of each other. It is PRISON for God’s sake.

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  • Sonya of Truganina Posted at 8:23 AM Today

    These kind of people so should be locked away, have the keys destroyed and be forgotten. Makes me sick to the stomach to think how can they feed off little innocent children. As I always say the human is the most dangerous animal on the planet. I vote for CAPTAL punishment.

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  • Tougher sentences for sickos of Victoria Posted at 8:24 AM Today

    these are some very sick people, and should be treated like that. One hour of ‘freedom’ per day, outside, no access to other people within the jail, let them sit in a tiny cell for 23 hours a day, alone, to think about and hopefully regret what they have done to get themselves into this position. And by doing this, it MIGHT stop others from reoffending, cause if its sooo bad and the thought of having just their own company for 23 hours a day for many many years isnt enough to stop them doing the crime, then let them rot. While they are in, they could get some kind of education, to help better themselves once out. Might take more money to keep them like this, but what is the alternative… and I think in the end it would save money, and lives.

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  • johnno the aussie of rosebud Posted at 8:28 AM Today

    where is the justice in this ,when do they get punished,change the law so these sickos get put to death!!!!

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  • Justin Posted at 8:38 AM Today

    two word…chemical castration.

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  • moose of the north Posted at 8:40 AM Today

    I hate the way that america sues for anything , but you clowns that let this sort of thing go on in jails because of your do gooder attitudes should be able to be held responsible for not doing your jobs . It amazes me that anywhere else in any form of employment , if you dont do your job properly and do what your paid to do , your gone . Why is it so different in the government sector ?

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  • Jo of Frankston Posted at 8:49 AM Today

    Its about time we go back to the death penalty! Less sickos in the world the better of we will all be!

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  • ANGRY Posted at 8:49 AM Today

    Theyre obviously not even being punished, just locked up there because society wouldnt accept anything less but no real punishment for the crimes they have commited, gay sex, computers and mobile phones? group discussions approved of by authorities to defile more innocent young people…..what a cruel unjust world we live in, how can any child have faith in the justice system if they are this soft on the very people who would have hurt them as a child!

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  • Twitchy of Geelong Posted at 8:52 AM Today

    Finding this very hard to believe, very hard….Lowe is one of the most despised men in the prison system – the fact that he is supposedly in charge of anything at all would make you doubt the truth to this story. Paedophiles do not run the prisons, they live in seclusion within them due to fears for their safety – don’t let any “source” tell you differently.

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  • ICT Guru Posted at 8:55 AM Today

    The world wont be a worse place if prisoners in jail dont have access to computers and the internet.

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  • Al of Melb of Hoppers Crossing Posted at 9:10 AM Today

    the only computer he should see is the on attached to the electric chair!!

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  • Lorry of Melbourne Posted at 9:15 AM Today

    These are perverted filthy scum and they have access to computers? What an absolute disgrace by Corrections Victoria! If the prisoners are monitored then someone is turning a blind eye if they can get away with this filth. Take the computers off them and put them in a more hardened prison and stop giving these fithy animals what THEY want! They didn’t give their victims any mercy! Disgraceful state of affairs! Mr Baillieau, do something about this and stop these criminals in their tracks NOW!

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  • Gary of Geelong Posted at 9:16 AM Today

    Sick Sick Sick ! Big Ted it is time to start doing what we elected you to do.

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  • Elizabeth Tuck of Hoppers Crossing Posted at 9:21 AM Today

    Corrections Victoria defended the program, explaining that it was “one of a number of programs aimed at supporting prisoners and assisting with their re-integration back into society”. WOW these sickos must think they are really something!!!!!!!!!!! This ex religious married father should never be allowed to see the light of day nor have access to computers put him in the hardened cells where he belongs. It makes me sick to my stomach.

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  • deb Posted at 9:23 AM Today

    Take away the computers now!!!!our justice system and jails are an embarresment!!!

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  • Unimpressed of Melbourne Posted at 9:24 AM Today

    Why do these CRIMINALS even have access to the internet let alone computers? They are in prison for goodness sake. They should be doing hard labour in the yard not surfing the net for porn. Ted you have got to stop this rubbish. My tax money should not be spent on the internet and even computers for these scumbags. If they want an education they can get it and pay for on the outside like the rest of us. I should not have to pay for the education of a scumbag in gaol. Hard labour while in gaol and when they have done their time they can educate themselves on the outside and juggle a work/study existence like normal law abiding citizense on the outside. These scumbags get far too much in prison and I am sick of it!

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  • Ken of the Outer East Posted at 9:27 AM Today

    Given many of these cockroaches will someday leave prison free men what do the detractors of these programs suggest should be done, (not what shouldn’t be done), to do something the reduce the likelihood of them violating other children? It’s an an understandable emotive issue but as the law currently stands they unfortunately will one day be released and something has to be done and is.

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  • Jack of the sea Posted at 9:31 AM Today

    After reading this, can any of you bleeding hearts out there convince me why we shouldn’t reintroduce the death penalty?

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  • Keith of Melbourne Posted at 9:32 AM Today

    ACCESS TO COMPUTERS? When is this stupidity going to stop?

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  • L Ross Posted at 9:33 AM Today

    What an evil dangerous disgusting excuse for a human being. He is grooming other (vulnerable and mentally ill) inmates to become pedophiles. Who does he think he is – let him loose into the main stream prison and see how he gets on. I have honestly never heard of anything more evil and depraved.

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  • jamie of canberra Posted at 9:38 AM Today

    Why do these people have any rights at all? Reintegration? You are talking about someone so far outside the boundaries of our society that there is simply no excuse for him to even be on the list for rehabilitation. My thought..when he gets out, you need to house him next door to the people who advocate his rights. Some will say this is silly, but really, YOU ant him released and re-integrated, then YOU live next to him!!! Put your mouth where OUR money is! Society has rules for a reason, when you consistently step outside the rules, you show you no longer have a place in the society.

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  • Enforcer of Melb Posted at 9:38 AM Today

    Come on Ted, we’ve put our faith in you & you now have the power to show us Victorians what you’re really made of & set an example for the rest of Australia & the self engrossed Labour heads of state therein….lets start by looking at the prison system in Indonesia, Singapore, Bali, Vietnam, Malaysia, Fiji & the like….here you do the crime & really do the time! There are no holiay camps with ‘untouchable’ backward men & women of orgnisations like Corrections Victoria pampering criminals needs & making absurd statements about “re-habilitating inmates for re-integration back into our society”…the majority of the general public don’t want these vermin re-integrated into our society. It’s time to take control & rid the system of these bureaucratic imbiciles who continually protect the scum that bleed our tax funds at the Hilton Barwon, Hilton Port Phillip etc & protect their own self serving inadequacies. Enoughs enough Ted, loose the computers, internet, newspapers, magasines, law books, mobile phones, land lines, outside gifts etc because prisoners have no rights, thats why their locked up & most should be doing hard time, not growing vegetables & gardening in their sex havens!

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  • AJ of Melbourne Posted at 9:38 AM Today

    Come on, is this for real, about time we made prison, prison. Get rid of televisions, computers etc., just 4 walls and a bed for 23 hours a day. Make these scum suffer.

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  • Meaubont of Melbourne East Posted at 9:42 AM Today

    Another ‘top of the list’ job for you Big Ted. Jail time is supposed to be “out of society”, so how come computers, television news papers etc are allowed ? And why is taxpayers money used to educate prisoners to gain a law degree which they will never be allowed to use ?

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  • The Boss of Guess… Posted at 9:45 AM Today

    Don’t worry, their of reckoning is not to far away……….

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  • Annika of Melbourne Posted at 9:49 AM Today

    Does anyone seriously believe that you can ‘rehabilitate’ a child sex offender? I seriously doubt that you can and it is probably pointless to try, they choose chile victims for a reason, they are the most defenceless. While I normally take a progressive view of justice/corrections issues in this instance I am with everybody else and I hope that sanity prevails and these creatures are treated accordingly, they should be stripped of all access to computers and placed in solitary confinement for a long time.

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  • Cassandra of Carrum Posted at 9:50 AM Today

    You sick, sick bastards … & yes I’m talking about our government allowing this crap to go on. These people should not under any circumstances have access to computers, tv, radio or anything that links them to the outside world – they have already proveven they cannot live like normal human beings. They should all be put into maximum security & PUNISHED! Our government needs to pull their fingers out & actually start treating criminals like CRIMINALS!!!

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  • Alan Martin Posted at 9:51 AM Today

    Farout this is disgusting, sounds like a paedo love in!! These people are not capable of being rehabilitated, they need to be punished severely. Short of bring back the death penalty for these types of vile trash (which it should be), they should be forced to work on chain gangs breaking rocks and digging holes in the desert so they don’t have enough time to think about raping kids. Show them the same mercy they show their victims. If they won’t break rocks put them in solitary for the rest of their stinking lives.

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  • sm of brisbane Posted at 9:52 AM Today

    this is one of the most disturbing things i have read in a long time….. it beggars belief that this is what society feels is appropriate punishment? Surely prison and prison conditions needs to reflect the general feeling of our entire society especially for people that pray on the most vulnerable within our world…for goodness sake – this is just breeding more and more depravity – the prison system is totally accountable for whatever monsters are created within in its walls – what hope have you got for rehabilitating if this is what is happening??? Disgusting.

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  • rossco of werribee Posted at 9:52 AM Today

    Cmon Teddy, you can stop the filth, do it and you’ll be premier for twenty years.

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  • Sarah of Melbourne Posted at 9:57 AM Today

    Simple Solution – cut off computer access in prison. Its prison not a holiday camp.

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  • victor of dandenong Posted at 9:59 AM Today

    Corrections victoria?another government dept that couldn’t care less.Trying to push something like this aside is entirely beyond comprehension.This should not be pushed aside,let us remember poor little Sheree & take positive action.What ere these sick mongrels doing with privileges like computers anyway?

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  • LisaM of Melb Posted at 10:02 AM Today

    How can this monster be in Ararat? Just look what he has done, if you cant remember the crime just look it up on the web and you will be horrified.

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  • Jules of Girl about Town Posted at 10:04 AM Today

    what???? this is the absolute SCUM of EARTH..and they are able to do this!!! lets get real here these oxygen theives dont deserve 3 meals a day little alone access to a computer or TV..this is HUGE kick inthe guts for anyone who has been a victim!! wish they would just drop dead painfully!!

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  • Nektarios Hondros of Melbourne Posted at 10:07 AM Today

    How the f*** do you allow this to happen, and yet defend it. Corrections Victoria you need to wake up and bring back good old pentridge prison. They were the days when you used to be scared to even look at the prison walls, let alone think of what goes on in there. The prison system now is a 5 star hotel that needs to be changed.

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  • spike of oak park Posted at 10:09 AM Today

    easy the are in jail no [email protected]@@ computers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • openslather of werribee Posted at 10:09 AM Today

    Simple solution.Lobotomise anyone who is sent to Ararat.

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  • Alex of Melb Posted at 10:10 AM Today

    Good comment AJ. But judges need to reflect community opinion too. Get rid of suspended sentences. “Children” who commit serious crimes need to be treated as adults. Migrant criminals who commit serious crimes need to be sent back to their own country (as Switzerland is planning). We attract crime to this country by our soft prisons and easy sentencing. Want to stay in government, Ted, do something now.

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  • Tammi of Melbourne Posted at 10:11 AM Today

    Simple – no computers in prison. No media at all. No TV where the sickos can see women and children that turn them on, no newspapers or magazines with pictures of potential “victims” for them to fantasise over – nothing. Keep them totally isolated from society. Prison is supposed to be punishment, not a holiday, so let’s start treating criminals like the scum they are. There should be separate divisions for oxygen thieves like child molesters and rapists, and they shouldn’t be allowed to mingle – all rapists and child molesters and murderers should be in single, small cells, and should never see the light of day again, let alone a PC screen. Better still, bring back the death penalty and apply it to rapists, child molesters and murderers, and stop wasting my tax payer’s dollars on keeping these creatures alive – I’d rather you gave the money to the Lost Dogs’ Home, at least they deserve a chance to live.

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  • Ryan of Melbourne Posted at 10:12 AM Today

    Three points:- 1) Why do we waste money to keep these people in jail? Those convicted of such crimes should be executed and so the death penalty should be re-instated. 2) Why do people in prison have access to computers, the internet and all other manner of gadgets? They are suppossed to be in prison, but their rooms are better equiped than those at Holiday Inn. 3) Such prisoners should never be allowed visitors or have trips outside of prison walls, which will stop them getting their hands on contraband.

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  • moose of the north Posted at 10:14 AM Today

    Hey ! While I’m at it , Why do these criminals get computer access and our kids are waiting to get computers in schools ?

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  • Ross Posted at 10:14 AM Today

    why hav’nt they disable/removed all the usb ports on the PC’s? to stop this sickos.

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  • EYE FOR AN EYE of laverton Posted at 10:16 AM Today

    2 WORDS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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  • Tash of victoria of Victoria Posted at 10:17 AM Today

    This comment is the only thing that concerns me in this article “Corrections Victoria defended the program, explaining that it was “one of a number of programs aimed at supporting prisoners and assisting with their re-integration back into society”. Ive visited Arrat prison and I can see how usb’s are smuggled in there as there is touching allowed between vistors and inmates. Its nice to see our worst criminials can live comfortably and still invest in their favourite past time. Arrat should be shut down, and all prisons be moved to main stream prisons – now thats entertainment

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  • David Posted at 10:20 AM Today

    Its not rocket science, remove every usb port from every prison PC. Then lock the case so they cant put a hidden internal one inside…. der !

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  • jack of The Shire Posted at 10:22 AM Today

    take away all these things. Why give him access to computers at all? Some people who are struggling in life can’t afford to use and access computers, so why does this murderer and probably many others? WEIRD / SICK.

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  • Lol correctional dept of Sydney Posted at 10:24 AM Today

    Prisons nowdays rehabilitate a dumb criminal into a savey shifty criminal because of ‘out of control’ Political Correctness. Thanks to bleeding heart liberal human rights watchdog grps/fundemental religious grps and the “spin money machine”…gruel & a dry cell…nuff said!

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  • vic of Sydney Posted at 10:25 AM Today

    Death penalty for child molesters. No exception. That is all.

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  • Population control of Australia Posted at 10:27 AM Today

    Two words….Capital Punishment.

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  • Frank of Melbourne Posted at 10:29 AM Today

    Its quite obvious some prison inmates have far too much spare time on their hands. Instead of just throwing them into cells with all of the technology that’s now available on the outside, why don’t we bring back meaningful sentencing, where prisoners have access to skilled learning, away from computers.

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  • Luke of Mornington Peninsula Posted at 10:32 AM Today

    Why do these guys need access to computers. Put them in a Dark room and let their minds go insane. Better still let this guy out and let everyone know when he is released, where he is staying amnd exacxtly what he looks like. As a tax Payer I odject to my Money being used to support these animals.

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  • Simon of The Real World Posted at 10:32 AM Today

    With computers, internet access, & TV (Probably pay TV) when I am next in Ararat, can I stay there instead of a 4 star motel? It appears more like a case of “Do the crime, lounge back for a couple of years until the rest of society forgets what you did!”

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  • Angela of Melbourne Posted at 10:36 AM Today

    He should of got the Death Penalty, but we dont have people with guts in this country we have the nanny state end of story.

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  • FF Posted at 10:39 AM Today

    BRING BACK THE DEATH SENTENCE

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  • Maroon of Australia Posted at 10:43 AM Today

    I cannot think of a better reason for bringing back the death penalty. Why is this creature still alive? Why?

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  • Ashley of Camberwell. Posted at 10:46 AM Today

    What no sauna or hairdressers? What the heck do prisoners need email and Internet for (except for downloading porn). Come on guys get real – TV and Radio maybe but thats all.

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  • Noel Posted at 10:50 AM Today

    Rehabilitation comes through hard work and sacrifice, not free computer time, television and free education programs. Prisoners do not deserve the same rights as us!

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  • griegs of Melbourne Posted at 10:50 AM Today

    Why do criminals, of this nature, have open access to computers? Also, it’s real easy to disallow usb’s on any windows machine so if you do that end of USB smuggling issue! Honestly guys, grow a brain and slap yourselves!

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  • v8girlie of lala land Posted at 10:50 AM Today

    aj of melbourne…..well bloody said

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  • Alyson Posted at 10:54 AM Today

    I remember Selby and his acts very clearly, this man has had to many chances, he won’t be rehabilitated, no more arrarat, pop him off to Port Phillip, let him take his chances there,

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Daniel Valerio killer gets Outrageous privileges


VICTORIANS will be appalled and outraged to learn that one of the state’s most notorious child killers has been allowed to live a charmed and privileged life in prison, complete with conjugal visits and even playtime among young children. Aiton, who is 188cm tall and weighed 105kg when he beat Daniel to death after months of abuse, will be eligible for parole next month after serving the minimum 18 years of a 22-year sentence.

 

Child Killer, Paul Aiton, weak, gutless coward of a man, marries in jail

Paul Leslie Aiton has even been permitted to marry and buy a house with his new bride while serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of toddler Daniel Valerio.

 

The state still shudders at the memory of this hideous crime and the awful details of Daniel’s death after months of beatings at the hands of this despicable monster. A post-mortem examination found that two-year-old Daniel, son of Aiton’s girlfriend of the time, suffered 104 bruises and two broken collarbones before dying.

The death led to mandatory reporting of child abuse after it was revealed doctors, police and community service workers had been warned that Daniel was being constantly beaten before his murder.

Now we discover that Aiton, eligible for parole next month after serving 18 years of his 22-year sentence, has been enjoying creature comforts – including four-hour love sessions with his new wife – in Marngoneet Prison, a place established for “males who are at moderate to high risk of re-offending”.

He is even allowed to play with his new young stepdaughter during contact visits in the presence of children of other prisoners.

We demand to know who is responsible for deciding on such favoured treatment for a cowardly, vicious drunken thug?

Aiton deserves no parole and no more special privileges for the rest of his sentence. He should have no special rights.

This man should be locked in a solitary maximum-security cell with sufficient heating and lighting, and three basic meals a day.

No more, no less. Daniel’s memory demands it.

THE brother of Daniel Valerio has hit out at news his brother’s killer has been allowed to marry while in prison.

A Herald Sun investigation has learned Paul Leslie Aiton has been allowed to marry and buy a house with his bride, Linda, while serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of toddler Daniel Valerio.

Aiton’s four-hour conjugal visits were approved by prison authorities and occur in a special unit at Marngoneet prison in Lara.

Child killer Derek Percy demands victim’s cash


Child Killer Derek Percy demands more cash

CHILD killer Derek Percy has demanded the family of one of his alleged victims pay up to $30,000 he spent in legal fees.

The demand was made after a court today ruled he should not have to give evidence on what he knows about the abduction and murder of seven-year-old Linda Stilwell.

Linda’s mother, Jean Priest, fought back tears after hearing Supreme Court Justice Iain Ross rule that Percy did not have to take the stand to answer questions on his alleged involvement in Linda’s abduction from St Kilda 42 years ago.

Percy has accumulated about $300,000 from his navy superannuation pension during his ongoing prison term for the mutilation killing of Yvonne Tuohy, 12, less than 12 months after Linda’s disappearance.

But the pedophile sadist, who was acquitted of Yvonne’s murder on the grounds of insanity and remains in jail for an indefinite term, has instructed his lawyers to pursue the Stilwell family for money he spent on barristers defending his fight against self-incrimination in the Stilwell mystery.

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Police have questioned Percy about the Stilwell abduction but he has claimed to not “remember” whether he killed the child.

Deputy State Coroner Iain West last year ruled Percy should not take the stand in an inquest into Linda’s death because of the time that had elapsed and his psychosis in the late 1960s meant his evidence would be unreliable.

An appeal to Justice Ross in the Supreme Court had sought a judicial review to overturn Coroner West’s decision.

Justice Ross will rule in coming days on whether Mrs Priest has to pay Percy’s legal bill.

“Like the coroner, I have enormous sympathy for Linda Stilwell’s family who have waited a considerable time for this inquest,” Justice Ross told the court today.

“But my task is to determine whether the coroner made a jurisdictional error in the rulings subject to review. I am not persuaded that he did.”

Child killer Derek Percy demands victim's cash


Child Killer Derek Percy demands more cash

CHILD killer Derek Percy has demanded the family of one of his alleged victims pay up to $30,000 he spent in legal fees.

The demand was made after a court today ruled he should not have to give evidence on what he knows about the abduction and murder of seven-year-old Linda Stilwell.

Linda’s mother, Jean Priest, fought back tears after hearing Supreme Court Justice Iain Ross rule that Percy did not have to take the stand to answer questions on his alleged involvement in Linda’s abduction from St Kilda 42 years ago.

Percy has accumulated about $300,000 from his navy superannuation pension during his ongoing prison term for the mutilation killing of Yvonne Tuohy, 12, less than 12 months after Linda’s disappearance.

But the pedophile sadist, who was acquitted of Yvonne’s murder on the grounds of insanity and remains in jail for an indefinite term, has instructed his lawyers to pursue the Stilwell family for money he spent on barristers defending his fight against self-incrimination in the Stilwell mystery.

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Police have questioned Percy about the Stilwell abduction but he has claimed to not “remember” whether he killed the child.

Deputy State Coroner Iain West last year ruled Percy should not take the stand in an inquest into Linda’s death because of the time that had elapsed and his psychosis in the late 1960s meant his evidence would be unreliable.

An appeal to Justice Ross in the Supreme Court had sought a judicial review to overturn Coroner West’s decision.

Justice Ross will rule in coming days on whether Mrs Priest has to pay Percy’s legal bill.

“Like the coroner, I have enormous sympathy for Linda Stilwell’s family who have waited a considerable time for this inquest,” Justice Ross told the court today.

“But my task is to determine whether the coroner made a jurisdictional error in the rulings subject to review. I am not persuaded that he did.”