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.