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The Truro Murders: The Sex Killing Spree Through the Eyes of an Accomplice (True Crime)

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The Truro Murders presents the shocking true story of Christopher Worrell, and his accomplice, James Miller. The events in this book unveil one of the worst serial killing sprees in Australian history. Over the course of two months in 1976-1977, seven young women were brutally raped and murdered.

Worrell and Miller met in prison, and upon release, developed a dominant and
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Ryan Green Publishing
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Bettye McKee
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime-books
This is an interesting story about a serial-killing pair in Australia. Christopher Worrell and James Miller met in prison. James fell in love with Chris while Chris, being a sociopath, was unable to love anyone.

The duo cruised the streets looking for prey. Chris would use his charm to lure females into the car, and James would drive them to an isolated location. James would go for a walk while Chris raped and murdered their victim. Then James would return to help dispose of the body.
For anyone who follows me, this is so far out of my realm of typical reads that I'm sure you think I accidentally added this to my "read" shelf. Alas, I have a bit of a thing for true crime and have always been interested to see a bit behind the scenes into the human psyche. The Truro Murders allowed me to do two things: the first, experience what it's like to be in an abusive relationship where fists are not involved. Only unrequited love and a misplacement of trust and kindness. And second, ...more
Kurt Lorenz
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books, review-copy
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher/author in exchange for a voluntary honest review.

Like many great true crime writers, Ryan Green does a fantastic job creating a strong narrative based on true events. I was fully gripped by his strong writing style and easily urged forward by the flow of the story telling.

That being said, as a true crime story, the author missed a great opportunity to provide direct quotes from the subjects and provide regular citation
Emily Ross
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

2018 First Read

DNF at 34%.

This book was terrible. It feels like the author read the accomplice's confession and fabricated a novel, guessing at what he thought or felt. It honestly felt like a badly done YA novel rather than true crime book. It wasn't engaging, it wasn't entertaining and it felt whiny and boring.

2019 Re-Read

I enjoyed this book much more the second time around. The information given
Renika Jacobs
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Good thing this book was free.

I wouldn't recommend this book. It seems to be told from the perspective of the accomplice but does not make clear if the author every really met this man or not. There are no direct quotes or any interviews with James Miller. It's written like the author just read his confession and then fabricated the things he thought the guy should be thinking and feelings when the events occurred. I also am a firm believer that the author's personal opinions of his subjects
Ronnie Cramer
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book focuses completely on the killers and their relationship, using what I suspect to be fictionalized dialogue embellishments. Chapters are named for the victims, but the girls are mere placeholders, barely registering as characters, let alone living, breathing human beings.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is the true story of a couple of serial killers in australia. Actually, it was one serial killer and his sidekick who was just along for the ride. The killings took place in the 1970s, before there was any network set up to recognize and catch serial killers. They prowled the streets, picking up girls at bus terminals and other places where young, naive girls might be looking for rides. They'd then drive them out to the stick (Truro), rape, murder and bury them in shallow graves or ...more
Lynn Perry
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lack Of Documentation/Attribution By Author Undermines Authenticity Of Account As A "Through The Eyes Of"

This story of an Austrilian serial killer (purportedly) told thru the perspective of his extremely accommodating wanna-be-boyfriend is a fairly well-written, fast moving true crime account that offers the reader the somewhat unique experience of being privy to the recollections and inner musings/rationalizations of a man who facililates murder as the cost of maintaining his relationship with
♥ Marlene♥
Finished this book yesterday.Yes the writing is good but I just do not get why the author acknowledges (see my highlights) that what is known about this case is told by someone who has ample reason to lie but still he uses this narrative which to me sounds very unlikely as proof.
Only for that reason I cannot give a high rating.
Out of all of Greens books this one is the hardest for me to review.
The author Ryan Green have an amazing talent researching, filling in the gaps and turning all the facts into a story which anyone can understand.
This is the first time that I actually felt for one of the characters:
I thought about Australia in the 70th, a small town how unlucky a person like James had to be to be born gay, not in the 70th and not in Australia which was late to develop and move forward like most of the rest
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A great true crime read!

Just a couple of typos, and a few parts I would have changed for clarity, but other than that, it was great. It was shorter than the average TC because it didn't have the background and childhood of the perpetrators, which sometimes really helps us to understand them better. Many of these guys were abused by their parents or, believe it or not, in the military. That has always surprised me.
And, I'm one of those who likes to read about the trial, yet there was nothing
Dianna R. Phillippe
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sex crazed killer...

This story is set in Australia and is about Chris Worrell (the killer), and James Miller (the accomplish), who meet in prison and become fast friends.

Chris was a young good looking guy and very self confident with women. James, was an older gay man in love with Chris. Unfortunately, for James, Chris did not return the affection.

Chris and James would go cruising at night and pick up women that Chris wanted. James would go for long walks while Chris stayed behind in the car
In the late 1970s the bodies of young women were found throughout the back Bush land of South Australia. The science of criminal profiling was still being developed and the authorities didn't know the kind of monster they were up against. Christopher Robin Worrell was charming but deadly, and a veteran of the prison system by the time he was a teenager. James William Miller met Worrell while they were in prison and quickly got caught in Worrell's orbit. Miller was in love with Worrell and was ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, disturbing, intriguing from start to finish. Told mainly from the point of view of James Miller, the older, more submissive partner in the Truro murders. The author has the knack of being able to get into the minds of his characters and showing what makes them tick. The author gives just enough description of the murders for the horror and cruelty of them to get through. The codependent relationship between Christopher Worrell and James Miller is depicted from all angles. The dominant, ...more
Beth Shuler
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again another great read

I am always so pleased when I read another one of Ryan Green books. But it seems each book I read gets better and better!! I am also a true crime buff and love reading about it but I get so tired of the same cases over and over. Ryan Green is one of the few that has no problem writing about something different. But what really impressed me was his writing skills and how he is very open about his books. He tends to not judge and not take aides like some authors and I
Daniel Kupres
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ryan Green brings another torturous tale of love, sex and murder. This murder spree is told third person through the eyes of a weak oppressed accomplice from south Australia. This is not a memoir or a biography and reads more like a true crime story you would see on an A & E special.

Told through the eyes of Jerry Miller, you sympothize with him as to how he became caught up in such a horrible string of murders but not for his pleas of inocennce as he was capable of knowing the difference
Alex Shelby
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
Interesting enough, but it reads like fiction rather than true crime, hence the low rating.
It is told from the POV of one of the killers, who is not the author, so that right there makes it a little sketchy. How could Green possibly know the innermost thoughts of Miller in the most life-altering moments of his life? It does not mention them ever meeting, nor are there any direct quotes, which leads me to believe they have never spoken to each other either.
The fact that this book is marketed as
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this free review copy audio book by the author at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The Truro Murders is told from the perspective of Murderer’s accomplice. James thinks because he didn’t actually kill anyone, he isn’t guilty of anything. He blindly follows along with whatever Chris says. At first he is disgusted, but he quickly just goes along with all of the brutal rapes and killings of so many women. He loved Chris and wanted to be with him more that anything. The
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great account of a true story from the person who loved the killer. It was very interesting that he claimed he didn't have any part in the killings despite being able to stop him by informing the police. It shows how one can believe in love in such a sick way that he will forget his own morals to protect his lover. I liked how the author wrote the book. I am interested in true crime and why people do what they do. He explained this and wrote where you could feel the emotions. I am ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I understand the reviews that were critical of this book because it contained fictional conversations and/or did not present much information about the victims, I gave the book four stars because the characteristics of the two murderers rang true to me. I could picture the submissive partner accepting whatever small amounts of attention he received from the dominant murderer. It also seemed likely to me that the submissive partner would rationalize his situation and participation in the ...more
Karen Bullock
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Only 3 stars for this true crime; disappointed that this seemed to be more of a fact finding & reveal then discussion(s) of how these young women were so entranced to hop in the car with 2 strange guys in the 1970's in Australia. Very little focus on the actual victims and more so on the rapist/murderer and his accomplice. Most of the true crime books I have read focus on the victims & then the reader gets the in depth view of the guilty person. No one should glorify the killers and ...more
Ashley Hedden
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Truro Murders: The Sex Killing Spree Through the Eyes of an Accomplice was a good true crime story by Ryan Green. It is the shocking true crime story of Christopher Worrel and James Miller. James Miller was the accomplice to one of the worst serial killing sprees in Australia. In two months, from 1976 to 1977, there were seven women who were raped and murdered. The two men met in prison and it started a strange relationship. This book follows their meeting, killings and how they were ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I have this book

three stars, not because it's average, but because it was a short, novella type read. The content, or story, written by the author is deserving of 4 stars. It's a good read for when one doesn't have the time to commit to a more in-depth, full book. It is a very interesting case, I wish there had been more on the background of the two main characters, but the author did acknowledge that more on James wasn't available. Definitely worth the time to read.
Tom Schulte
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Ryan Green here explores a fascinating and little-known serial killer duo. In this matchup, a homicidal maniac is abetted by an older, would-be homesexual lover. Murderer and hanger-on pick up women and bury corpses. With the killer dead and the clinger convicted, how guilty is the love-lorn. Could all those corpses end up interred with him no more than a gravedigger. Is the world's most dangerous wingman as guilty as his sentence?
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Truro Murders
: Ryan Green

A true life crime drama. The author takes us through the development of the murderers and shows how their crimes progressed as time passed. Very interesting to hear some of the details of the crimes. These people were vicious.

The narration was well done. Steve White did a fine job with the subject matter.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of Ryan green and his writing styl
A great story of one mans infatuation with a brutal rapist serial killer
Steve’s narration is consistently professional
You can’t go wrong with any of Ryan’s books highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review
Cynthia  Mello
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

I had no knowledge of this story and it just boggles my mind. It irritated me in the fact this killer could've been stopped it only the accomplice had some courage . Guess they were both "fubar". When the accident occurs I was thrilled. This book really just creeped me out because it's not fiction. I love the authors telling of events that is an easy read.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book was an incredible look into the lives of a serial killer and his accomplice. Reading something like this helps me understand some of things I have been through. Understanding others can help those who have been touched by evil. Yet understanding does NOT mean acceptance, it means we can continue to survive.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating case. Understandably, Green tells the story from Miller's perspective. This works well, but more background of the victims would have been appreciated.

Steve White delivers a very competent performance.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
True story I’d not heard of before. There are graphic details which the author deals with sensitively by only including what was essential to reflect on why these persons feel a need to commit murder. In addition I have just purchased the authors box set on Amazon to read further true stories.

David Jones

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Ryan Green is a true crime author in his late thirties. He lives in Herefordshire, England with his wife, three children, and two dogs. Outside of writing and spending time with his family, Ryan enjoys walking, reading and windsurfing.

Ryan is fascinated with History, Psychology and True Crime. In 2015, he finally started researching and writing his own work and at the end of the year, he released