Lambs to the Slaughter: Inside the Depraved Mind of Child-Killer Derek Ernest Percy
In this definitive, graphically chilling account of Percy's life, a man dubbed by a prison officer as "Australia's answer to Hannibal Lecter," award-winning true-crime author Debi Marshall applies her investigative journalism skills to a forensic examination of the crimes, the man and his modus operandi. Informed by exclusive material never before seen—poignant and insight...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Random House Australia
(first published September 18th 2009)
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The strange thing about starting out reading a book like LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER was a vague feeling of uncertainty. Mostly because the man at the centre of this book - Derek Ernest Percy - has one of those names that instantly rings very loud bells. Uncertainty because despite knowing that he's the man that so many law-enforcement agencies in Australia are convinced is a multiple child-killer, I found I didn't really know much about him at all. At the end of LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER, the disturbin...more
I feel at a loss on how I can rate a book written about such a sick, depraved, evil person. He grew up in my home town at a time when I was a child. He was in a position to harm people I grew up with not to mention myself. Chilling.... Word in the media tonight, he has days to live from lung cancer... (Weird, I have just finished reading the book tonight). I doubt the people he had contact with in this world will ever find peace. Lambs to the slaughter explains some things you hear as a child bu...more
This was a hard book to read for me as Christine Sharrock is a distant cousin and the thought of what she and the other victims went through at the hands of this man is truly terrifying. But it is a story that needed to be told to ensure this man is never ever released. Congratulations Debi on a well written and researched book.