This House of Grief
Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain.
On the evenin...more
This is about a murder trial in which a father was accused of drowning his three children. It was in Australia in 2005. His car left the road and drove straight into a dam and plunged down 30 feet. The three kids in the car died, the father survived.
In a case like this the whole thing turns on the state of mind of the father at that precise moment, 7 pm, 4th September, 2005.
A whole sad parade of ordina ...more
Rating a book such as this one is hard. What am I rating, the quality of the case? Doesn't seem right somehow. The only thing I can say is that this was clearly written, easy to understand the trial and the evidence. It was presented ...more
But in this case, I honestly wish I were reading a crime of fiction then a real one, because the reality of the events, leading up and surrounding the death’s of three brave little boys is seriously beyond belief and outright distressing. And the memory is still fresh in the minds of Australians, and in particular Victorians who live and drive nearby the dam, trying get their head around this harrowing crime, wondering why and ...more
Once there was a hard-working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife and their three young son's. One day out of the blue, his wife told him that she no longer was in love with him. She did not want to go on with the marriage. She asked him to move out. The kids would live with her, she said, and he could see them whenever he liked. The sad husband picked up his pillow and went to live with his widowed father, several stre ...more
In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians. Robert Farquharson, estranged from his wife, was returning his three young sons, Jai, Tyler and Bailey, to their mother after an access visit on Father’s Day when his car swerved off the road, through a fence and across a paddock plunging his car into a seven metre deep dam. While he managed to escape and swim to safety his three children drowned. He claimed to have blacked out after a coughing fit and came to as the car was filling with ...more
My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty-eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system, it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise. This book is about the courts. And it is so well done. Neither schmaltzy nor hard-nosed. Intelligent, honest and important. I want to hear about these things in long form. I want diverse observers in the courts, bearing witness, telling the story. This is a good use of a writer's time and ene ...more
This story reads like a work of fiction, incredible...it makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition, and how, regardless of our culpability, things can radically change, in the blink of an eye...for better or for worse.
I find it quite disconcerting, to even for a moment, entertain the notion that in a flash moment of time, life can so drastically alter its direction, as to utterly and irrevocably change its course...and how, still regardl ...more
Garner sits through the court-trial as a spectator and she gives a detailed account of all the witness statements & expert hearings. And although this was interesting to read I thought the ...more
This here is the authors account of the ensuing murder trial, this book both chilling and horrifying, you are placed inside the courtroom right alongside Helen Garner with her insightful observations taking you o ...more
Garner has been ...more
The story was that, when they reached the car, the two women in the front seats of the sinking car urged them to save the children. The young men managed to get the kids out and swim them to safety, the car sank and th ...more
On 4th September 2005 Robert Farquharson was driving himself and his three children along the Princes Highway in Victoria , Australia when he lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a farm dam where his car became submerged. The three children were unable to escape and sadly died but Robert escaped unscathed.
Even if you have no prior knowledge of this case ...more
The story of this court case is told as if you, the reader, as in the court room sitting next to Helen Garner. You come to know the prosecutor and the ...more
Was it an accident, or did Robert Farquharson deliberately drive the vehicle into the dam in order to kill his three young sons, whom he was returning to their mother after an access visit on Father’s Day?
The police thought the latter. They charge ...more
The shocking case divided people. How on Earth could it possibly be deliberate? people wondered. That someo ...more
On a spring evening in 2005, a car veered across the Princes Highway in Victoria, Au ...more
On Father's Day, Rob Farquharson drove/lost control of his car which careered off the road into a farm pond and resulted in the death of his three children and his escape. Eventually he was put on trial for the murder of the three boys.
Garner is a "true crime" writer in this book but very different from the American take on that gen ...more
The case itself is a highly emotional one and it is easy to see how Helen got caught up in it – three young children lost their lives and it is very possible that their Father, someone who is supposed to love, nurture and protect them, in f ...more
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