It’s an intimate and harrowingly close observation of a woman accepting the unacceptable. In today’s episode, Megan joins Emily Webb and Vikki Petraitis to discuss a Queensland case she’s been following, that of a so-called Black Widow, Patricia Byers.
Dubbed the “Vampire Killer”, Queensland woman Tracey Wigginton served 22 years in prison for the murder of 47-year-old Edward Baldock in 1989. Wigginton, then 24, and three other women lured Baldock into a car and took him to a park on the banks of the Brisbane River, where she stabbed him 27 times. In 1991 she pleaded guilty to the murder and the lurid details of the crime shocked the nation.
When grieving mother Sonia Anderson disrupted a book launch in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago, she sent shocks waves through the True Crime industry. What are the ethics around True Crime?
Let’s wind back to the glory days of print. In the 70s, Megan Norris was a cadet journalist who was told she wouldn’t last until Christmas because the other ‘token girl cadet’ on the team was prettier. Today, Megan is a court reporter and bestselling author who has seen some of the most gruesome cases you could imagine.
It was Fathers Day, 2005. Robert Farquharson had just spent the day with his three sons, on an access visit. While returning them to their mother, his car veered off the road, and plunged into an icy dam.