Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice
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Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice

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In June 2005, Fred van der Vyver, a young actuary and the son of a wealthy Eastern Cape farming family, was charged with murdering his girlfriend, Inge Lotz, allegedly bludgeoning her to death with a hammer as she lay on a couch in her lounge. The case against Van der Vyver seemed overwhelming. His behaviour at the time of the murder appeared suspicious and incriminating,...more
ebook, 530 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Jonathan Ball Publishers
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Eduard Grebe
This is a brilliant book. Beautifully written despite a few editing lapses. And, appart from what is to my mind a slight overinterpretation of issues like Afrikaner cultural moorlessness and the conflict between traditional and new American-style churches, a very intelligent reading of the obsessive interest in the case. I especially applaud the sensitive handling of the obsessive and intrusive rumour-mongering which is a real indictment of the Afrikaans press and public.

Altbeker's rendering of...more
The true story of the murder of Inge Lotz and the ensuing trial.

Very well written without any soppy tear-jerking bits, this book tells it exactly as it is.
The basis of the story is not so much the murder but the diabolical way the SAPS handled the investigation.
The defence team are determined to turn the tables on the SAPS by accusing them of fabricating evidence and lying to the judge. Several international experts also testified that the fingerprint that the detective swore came off a DVD case...more
Jakob van Rouendal Smit
Very interesting read. Enlightened me about the case of which I did not care much when I wsa younger. It also frustrated me that the police and the South African PS lied and carried on with the case.
Sean de la Rosa
I relished every page of this book. Albeker's assessment and insights into the murder of Inge Lotz are outstanding. Read this one now!
Winnie Saayman
hmmm changes my mind after I read this book... who is guilty?
Wanjiru Koinange
Am only on page 71... so far quite good.
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