Friday, August 09, 2013

Friday Extra

Post separation from Father, Mother took a live in house keeping job in South Gippsland with my other three siblings. Her employer had two sons of his own. After about three years, the situation became messy and Mother's father bought Mother a house on the outskirts of Melbourne, in a small town surrounded by apple orchards. The town has since grown exponentially and for quite a number of years has been a suburban train terminus, rather than a country railway station as it was. You are more likely to see a local resident eating a MacBurger than an apple now.

A couple of weeks ago a woman was murdered in the town in her own house. It was dreadful thing. There are murders and there are murders and this was a serious case of a very innocent woman who was just at home at the wrong the time, if the press reports are to be believed.

In Mother's town lone widows are double checking their door and window locks, Mother included. Mother is actually very distressed and afraid. I can't blame her.

The victim's husband was a childhood friend of Tradie Brother, and while they are out of touch now, he came to Tradie Brother's eighteenth birthday party. A friend of Sister's knows the couple very well and has reported to Sister on how the family is coping. The victim's parents are well respected multi generational residents of the town.

It probably should not be the case, a murder is a murder is a murder, but I expect the police force is putting huge resources into the case and cultivating all sources. Apparently the local parrots are so appalled by the murder, they are willingly singing. It is just a matter of time.

Left behind are parents, a husband who probably can't understand what has happened., a very angry 15 year old son and younger twin girls in a terrible state of distress who found their mother beaten to death.

As I said to Mother, no one is kicking themselves more than the tradesman who saw who he judged to be a suspicious character and did not call the police, or the neighbour who heard screams and did nothing. You really have to walk in their shoes and be there.


15 comments:

  1. Dreadful thing to happen Andrew.. People don't get involved these days, which means they then have to live with the regret I guess. You'll have to keep me over here in the west up to date with the investigations.

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    1. I don't blame people too much for not getting involved Grace. Too many get hurt themselves.

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  2. That's awful Andrew. I can imagine how distressed your mother must be.
    At the risk of sounding like an old git, what is our world coming to?

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    1. Sadly Craig, murder is not new and nor is being a random victim.

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  3. It makes you wonder... are we becoming a nation where murder is common? I don't mean between drug lords, bikie gangs and corrupt customs officer. Just in ordinary families who would never have seen a gun once in their life.

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    1. Hels, that when it bites, just very ordinary people living a decent life.

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  4. Dad lives there too, I haven't asked him if he feels uneasy. I guess an older guy living on his own is different to a lone woman. Still. Nasty business :(

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    1. Actually just realised the lass lived not that far from my Dad. A few kms. Ugh.

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    2. Fen, I don't thing men think so much about such things in a fearful way.

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    3. No, you're right. Though I did talk to Dad about it and he mentioned there had been a really sharp rise in burglaries in the area recently. It was a really big number he told me. Interesting.

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    4. The local paper has stated it was the day the town lost its innocence. I think the town's innocence was well lost before then.

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  5. That is an awful story. I feel sorry for how your mother must feel. Contact her often try to make her feel safe.

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    1. We do Diane and my brother lives nearby and stays with her Friday and Saturday nights.

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  6. A terrible thing to happen, I often don't watch the news, but if I do and there is a murder I pay attention in case it is a family member. Or someone I know.

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    1. River, well in this case there certainly was a connection. They were a well respected local couple.

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