Thursday, August 25, 2011

Am reading...

...about a serial murderer in the Blue Mountains in the 1890s.
When do they classify someone as a serial killer... after the 3rd murder?
Anyway, this bloke was a serial id thief/alias assumer who was also in the habit for joining the army/police/ships' crew all over the globe...and then absconding.
Before he took to killing fellow humans to line his pockets.

Just started this intriguing book, trying to get a handle on this bizarre blokes thought process which is a tad difficult as not only did the author have to rely on newspaper reports from the day for research but the fact that the murderer's real identity had been left semi-hidden by the courts leaves a question mark - was he really Richard Ashe?
The book is called Murder in The Blue Mountains ; Being the True Story of Frank Butler by Robert Travers.

Haven't come across anything that endears this creature to the reader; lack of childhood woes and epic struggles in hardship notwithstanding, this bloke was just a plain out and out bastard who ended up exactly where his path of destruction lead - at the end of a rope.
But, onward with the reading!

5 comments:

Windsmoke. said...

My understanding of a serial killer is that they kill people exactly the same way every time and sometimes take a trophy of there kiliing such as a lock of hair, or a finger, or a ear, or a toe and so forth, gross isn't it? :-).

The Elephant's Child said...

As I understand it Windsmoke it partially right in that they use the same or similar methods. I think the body count has to be over two, with a gap between the murders. However defined they are sick puppies. Trophies common but option. Blech. And I thought my recent reading was morbid.

River said...

I've never understood why anyone would want to kill cereal. Although the snap, crackle and pop of rice bubbles might get annoying if you're hungover....

I'll add this book to my list to be read at some time.

River said...

I've never understood why anyone would want to kill cereal. Although the snap, crackle and pop of rice bubbles might get annoying if you're hungover....

I'll add this book to my list to be read at some time.

Jayne said...

Windsmoke - this bloke was plain too lazy to work and damn greedy, didn't take any souvenirs except whatever was in his victims pockets.

Totally sick, EC.

It's interesting, River, for the social background of the time, the methods used, the historical context, etc.
Otherwise the killer was just an unlikeable mongrel.

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