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Call Me Cruel

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In the four months of their affair, Kylie Labouchardiere and Paul Wilkinson exchanged over 20,000 text messages. She was a trainee nurse; he worked in the New South Wales Police Force. Although Wilkinson eventually killed his lover to save his marriage, his main weapon was always words. He was a frighteningly convincing liar and left a trail of devastation across the lives ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 2012 by Allen & Unwin Australia
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Michael
Nov 02, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
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Aboriginal police officer Paul Wilkinson had a young family and a wandering eye. He was also a manipulative and obsessive liar who lived in a fantasy world that would take police years to get through. Wilkinson would have a four month affair with native newlywed Kylie Labouchardiere. When she announced she was pregnant and wanted to be with him Wilkinson ended there relationship by taking her life.

In his attempts to hide his crime, he destroyed the lives of not only the Kylie's family but also t
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Sasha
Feb 25, 2012 Sasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2012
The prosecutor who was asked to assess this case for prosecution said it was one of the most bizarre cases she had ever come across. It is bizarre and way it is told is compelling.

The victim, Kylie Labouchardiere, was a young, recently separated woman who was involved in an adulterous affair with Paul Wilkinson, who had worked with the NSW Police. She disappeared in April 2004 and her body has never been found. She was obviously a troubled and insecure young woman and she was manipulated by Wil
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
"...one of the most disturbing things about this story is not only that he [Paul Wilkinson] left a trail of broken careers and marriages and lives in his wake - a trail of misery an devastation- but that he almost got away with it." p5

This quote from Call Me Cruel aptly describes why this case is so fascinating. It took five years to bring Paul Wilkinson to account for the murder of Kylie Labouchardiere, and he did very nearly walk away. This book tracks the case from the moment Kylie disappeare
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Bree T
Mar 16, 2012 Bree T rated it really liked it
Kylie Labouchardiere was the product of a broken home. Her parents John and Carol divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother, who soon took up with a violent man. Carol then allowed her own mother, the children’s grandmother, to care for them and raise them after some time, so they did not have to bear witness to the violence her partner inflicted upon her. She chose her boyfriend over her children, something that Kylie never forgot. She witnessed many violent incidents. As a teen ...more
Andrew Bishop
Jun 27, 2014 Andrew Bishop rated it liked it
An account of the terrible impact of lies and deceit. This is a true murder case and Michael Duffy as the investigative journalist author provides a comprehensive and insightful account of Paul Wilknisons murder of Kylie Labouchardiere. It isn't just the account of a killer who weaved incredible fantasies that many people believed ( probably including himself) but an account of sad disjointed and disaffected lives. Doesn't give you too much confidence in an easily manipulated legal system but th ...more
Mary Ladrick
Jan 19, 2014 Mary Ladrick rated it it was amazing
A well written book based on a true story which is easy to read. This is the type of book which is hard to put down. It was interesting to be taken on the journey of a police murder investigation. The family background and upbringing of "Kylie" sets the scene for the exploration of the murder investigation. The book gives the reader an inside perspective of the process of putting the clues together to solve a crime. But was it really solved? Kylie's body was never found even after the wild goose ...more
Karen
Mar 28, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
This true crime account attempts to explain the mind of a manipulative killer.

It’s a cliché, but in this case it’s apt; if you came across a scenario like this in crime fiction you’d be hard pressed to stop your eyes from rolling. As is often the way, however, true life defies anything the very best fiction writers can come up with. Reviewed for The Newtown Review of Books - http://newtownreviewofbooks.com/2013/...
Chloe
Dec 08, 2013 Chloe rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. A chilling true crime story. The funny/weird thing about it is, if it was fiction, there would be so many twists and turns and the story would go on so many tangents, that the reader would begin to wonder what the writer was trying to do.

However, it's a heartbreakingly true story about a cold-hearted killer who would evade capture for years after his crime. Brilliantly written, Michael Duffy is so thorough in his recount of this terrible time.
James Tierney
Mar 05, 2012 James Tierney rated it liked it
Michael Duffy's considered telling of a young woman's murder lays bare the grief of unexplained absence & the stop-start investigation that eventually convicted the killer.
I couldn't help but wish for Janet Malcolm's icy precision nonetheless.
Carolyn
Apr 30, 2013 Carolyn rated it really liked it
A thoroughly chilling story of one man's utter selfishness and indifference to others; especially those close to him. The frustration of the Police and the man he tried to frame leaps out of the pages. Just who can you trust?
Penny
May 16, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it
A great read!! One of the best true crime books I have read.
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Disturbing but good
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