Partners and Crime: The true stories of eight women and their lives with notorious men

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Allen & Unwin, 2012 - True Crime - 312 pages
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What was it like for Mary-Ann Hodge to be married to Mark 'Chopper' Read? How was Joe Korp's former girlfriend Tania Herman persuaded to try to kill his wife Maria? And why did hairdresser Sylvia Bruno fall for Melbourne gangland killer Nikolai 'The Bulgarian' Radev?

What attracts women to dangerous men? For Georgina Freeman (married to illegal casino king George Freeman), Ann-Marie Presland (girlfriend of organised crime figure Bob Trimbole), Fran Stratford (partner of murderer Billy 'The Texan' Longley), Jeannie Cako (wife of armed robber Fred Cako) and Coral Watson (ex-wife of NZ murderer Scott Watson) it wasn't always about the thrill of living on the edge and hooking up with bad boys. Their motivations and lives are more complex than that.

Confiding in investigative journalist Rochelle Jackson, these women finally get the chance to tell their own stories. Surprising, intimate and at times confronting, Partners and Crime takes us behind the headlines and media hype to reveal what it is really like to live with men who are outside the law.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
exwife of Nikolai the Bulgarian Radev
7
exwife of George Freeman
41
former partner of Bob Trimbole
85
former girlfriend of Joe Korp
127
carer of Billy the Texan Longley
173
wife of Fred Cako
195
exwife of Scott Watson
225
exwife of Mark Brandon Chopper Read
249
References
275
Acknowledgements
277
Back cover
280
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About the author (2012)

Rochelle Jackson is a journalist who specialises in true crime. Her most recent book is Inside Their Minds. She grew up in a police family and is not afraid to delve deep into the belly of Australian crime.

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