Broken Lives

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Hardie Grant Publishing, 2002 - Crime - 462 pages
10 Reviews
The father of Eric Edgar Cooke despised his baby son from the moment he saw him. Bashings and a hate-filled childhood followed for the boy with the crooked mouth, launching a personality unique among serial killers. He stalked the city of Perth for months, shooting strangers in the dead of night and using a sickening variety of weapons to steal the lives of strangers. Unknown to the terror-stricken citizens of this trusting, emerging metropolis, the young father of seven children who pulled the trigger had for years been doing other sinister night work. In a remarkable twist of fate, the killer's life tangled with that of 19-year-old John Button, whose 17-year-old girlfriend was killed. Both men confessed to that crime. This riveting investigation into the life and untold crimes of the last man to hang in Western Australia reveals new evidence to indicate that at least one innocent man, John Button, went to jail for one of Cooke's murders. Estelle's efforts to clear John Button's name, have led to the West Australian Court of Criminal Appeal re-opening the case against John Button after nearly 35 years. The new edition will include a chapter covering the case and the final decision.
  

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User Review  - Kathryne Battersby - Goodreads

Living in Perth and reading this book made it a fascinating read. The events and facts made it chilling. It stayed in my head for months. I need to steer clear of these kinds of books!!! Read full review

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User Review  - Ashlee Farquhar - Goodreads

for someone who lives in perth this story is quiet scary. the writer has put so much detail in to the book lots of facts and details but sometimes I did feel a bit confused as the writer jumper from one person to another without linking them Read full review

Contents

Lover Come Back I
5
A Fathers Influence
27
A Powerful New Urge
46
The Season of Goodwill
62
The Australian Way of Life
80
The Brookwood Flats Prowler
94
Lifes a Ball
114
A Powerful Car to Match a Powerful Urge
133
The City of Light
149
Happy New Year
164
Fear City
199
Death and Defeat
234
Copyright

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