Inside Their Minds: Australian Criminals
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Inside Their Minds: Australian Criminals

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  5 reviews
On the couch with some of Australia's most notorious criminals, this book explores the secrets, motivations, and inner workings of the criminal mind

He is 29 years old and commits his horrendous crime alone. He is an underachiever, unskilled, doesn't have a regular job and he is now a mass murderer. What made Martin Bryant go on a brutal killing spree at Port Arthur taking...more
ebook, 263 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Allen & Unwin Australia (first published August 2008)
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One of the strongest messages you get from a true crime book like INSIDE THEIR MINDS is that no matter how hard we try, no matter how much analysis goes on, there is something about so many of the more notorious criminals in our world that the rest of us will simply never fathom.

Rochelle Jackson looks at some of the most notorious, mass murderer Martin Bryant, sex offender Karen Ellis, serial killer Ivan Milat, serial arsonist Peter Burgess, armed robber and serial escapee Brenden Abbott, child...more
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Jun 06, 2009 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥ Marlene♥ by: lmn60
Finished this book last night. For me most interesting was the case of the mom who murdered her 4? babies. First they thought it was because of SIDS but they should have known with baby 3 that it could not be SIDS.(10 and a half months) and definitely with baby 4 Laura who died at the age of 2 years.
Another interesting case to me was the Matthew Wales one who murdered his mom and dad.

The first case in this book about the Port Arthur massacres are also very interesting. I did not know about this...more
I was hoping for a nice detailed investigation into the minds of some people who chose to kill instead of working out their problems other ways. What makes them tick?, being a bit of a question for us all. Sadly, I found that this author didn't go very in depth at all, and her writing style was far too familiarly casual and laced with Australian slang. Had I not had an Aussie sitting at my side while I read this one, I would've been constantly looking up meanings of certain terms online. Jackson...more
Julie scott
This novel gives a great insight into these Australian criminals starting with Martin Bryant who went on a killing spree at Port Arthur taking the lives of 35 people. Also several other notorious criminals Ivan Milat serial killer, Karen Ellis female sex offender, Peter Burgess serial arrsonist, Brendan Abbott armed robber & escapee, Matthew Wales murderer, Carl Williams gangland warlord & Kathy Folbigg child killer who killed her own 4 babies and managed to somehow get away with it unti...more
Sep 18, 2011 Taruia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one - it's rubbish
This book was leant to me by a work colleague with the accompanying comment 'oooh you'll like this' ... I didn't. Jackson's writing is stilted and is squarely aimed at people with the attention span of a goldfish and the intellectual capacity of a biscuit. The background is thin and analysis even less so.
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