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Fruit Of A Poisoned Tree: A True Story Of Murder And The Miscarriage Of Justice

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In 2007, Fred van der Vyver stood trial, accused of murdering his girlfriend Inge Lotz. The trial itself was sensational enough to attract the attention of the world’s largest association of professional forensic investigators. At the start, everyone expected a ‘guilty’ verdict. His fingerprints were at the scene, the murder weapon was in his car and a blood stain in the ...more
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Hope
Aug 27, 2015 Hope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fruit of a Poisoned Tree is from New Journalism author, Antony Altbeker. Over 2005-2007, Altbeker followed the infamous trial of Fred Van der Vyver, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, Inge Lotz, in one of South Africa’s most brutal murders. The story is anything but simple. South Africa is a country in crisis and Altbeker details not only the legal investigations of Inge’s murder, but also the underlying currents of fear, change, and loss of identity in South Africa.

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Eduard Grebe
Dec 19, 2011 Eduard Grebe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Al
Sep 20, 2012 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Dec 10, 2013 Sean de la Rosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I relished every page of this book. Albeker's assessment and insights into the murder of Inge Lotz are outstanding. Read this one now!
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