Call Me Cruel: A story about murder and the dangerous power of lies

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2012 - True Crime - 296 pages
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In the four months of their affair, Kylie Labouchardiere and Paul Wilkinson exchanged over 20,000 text messages. She was a trainee nurse; he worked in the New South Wales Police Force. Although Wilkinson eventually killed his lover to save his marriage, his main weapon was always words. He was a frighteningly convincing liar and left a trail of devastation across the lives of many he met.

The victims of Wilkinson's stories included his own family and those of his wife and his lover. Another was policeman Geoff Lowe, whom he tried to frame for Kylie's murder. Thanks to Wilkinson's lies, Lowe lost his home, his job, and his family.

It took five years to bring Wilkinson to justice. His lies continued to the end, when he sent police to five different locations in the search for Kylie's body. He once texted his wife: 'Everybody has reasons 4 hiding a crime. Mine is the family can live not knowing where and why 4 . . . Call me cruel, call me nasty . . . her family can live their lives in misery 4 all I care F--- THEM.' Kylie's grave has never been found.

 

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"...one of the most disturbing things about this story is not only that he [Paul Wilkinson] left a trail of broken careers and marriages and lives in his wake - a trail of misery an devastation- but ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Missing
7
Kylie
13
The Father
31
Fire
41
The Husband
89
The Detective
115
Picture section
133
Arrest
199
Confession
215
The Man Who Told Stories
247
Sentence
265
Afterword
275
Authors Note
277
Thanks
279
Index
281

The Wife
135
Setting Up Geoff
169

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About the author (2012)

Michael Duffy has been writing about Sydney for many years as a journalist. Michael writes about trials and crime for the Sun Herald and Sydney Morning Herald and co-presents 'Counterpoint', ABC Radio National's challenge to orthodox ideas. He also writes crime fiction

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