Blood Stain

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Allen & Unwin, Nov 1, 2002 - True Crime - 324 pages
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'There are murders and there are murders. There are bodies and there are bodies, and then there's what lies waiting behind the front door of the little brick house with its blinds drawn and air conditioner droning on, working against the oppressive Hunter Valley heat. A glimpse into the dark, cockroach corners of the soul. A lot of the blokes at the scene that day will never be the same.'

On 29 February 2000, Katherine Knight committed an unspeakable act. A mother of four and a grandmother, she seduced and then stabbed John Price 37 times. A former abattoir worker, she skinned him. A loving partner, she cooked him with vegetables, making a soup with his head. Made gravy. Left him on plates for his family. Why? Pricey was her de facto and he wanted out. She didn't like that.

People said that most of the time Katherine Knight seemed normal . until she got angry. She was judged to be legally sane when she committed a crime so horrible that the media shied away from the detail.

Journalist Peter Lalor covered the trial and wanted to know what made Knight go way over the borderline. In this unflinching account he uncovers the layers of her dysfunction, opening the door of 84 St Andrews Street and taking us into the lives of Knight's ex-partners, her family and the locals of Aberdeen, NSW.

Katherine Knight is currently the only woman serving a life sentence in Australia. She is never to be released.

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I have this book about Katherine Knight and Beyond Bad and let me just say this woman is PURE EVIL. I feel so sorry for Pricey and his family, it is so terrible that this poor bloke tried to get help from police and everyone and sadly got killed in the most horrific way possible. I can't believe Knight tried to appeal her life sentence knowing what she did was wrong!! She should have been locked up years ago when she put her daughter on the train tracks and taking a family hostage then almost killing David Kellet by hitting him in the back of the head, almost killing him. All the best to Pricey's kids: Jonathan, Rosemary and Rebecca, you're Dad would be proud of u, I bet he's up there now lookin' down. Rip Pricey. 

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About the author (2002)

Peter Lalor has been with the Daily Telegraph since 1994 where he is a senior feature writer and sports columnist, as well as producing a regular beer column. He has covered numerous major stories for the paper, including the Sydney Olympics, and did a stint on Christmas Island during the Tampa crisis. Born and raised in Bendigo, he has worked for the Sunday Observer, the Sunday Age and the Sun News Pictorial and did a stint in radio as a writer-producer.

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