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Desdemona

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This is not a crime doco.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-2019

For entertainment value, I can see why reviewers are giving it 5 stars. These days people are easily entertained. And the podcast is edited well.

But as a documentary it fails spectacularly. The research, much to my surprise, was rudimentary. Nothing was revealed about either family although the parents of the victim were portrayed in glowing terms. Not nearly enough people were interviewed, the suggested corruption link in NT Police never examined just alluded to and the parents' belief in the murder's innocence was given way too much berth and, stunningly, NEVER explored!

The final episode was cringeworthy at best. Ringing the parents who are still struggling with their grief (the subsequent refusal of formerly participating family members to provide further comment gave me a clear signal that they were not happy with this podcast either) and then callibg the murderer and telling him well you really are the culprit and then saying oh btw I forgot to tell you you're being recorded....is Whittaker a first year journo? I laughed my guts out when there was surprise at said murderer's innocence. Of course he's going to say he's innocent - what did you expect, a confession? The players in this were v fkd up individuals and still are. This was not a whodunnut but a who's going to bother to write it up case.

The naff title should have warned me that this was going to be just a crime piece for Woman's Day.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Misleading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-2019

I wanted to out and out love this. I really did.

But I struggled to do so.

This is the doco in podcast format - another way of monetising it, I guess. But it's not really about ghosthunting. This is about mental health, horrific abuse and how the mind protects itself.

The main character, Jason, clearly has severe issues that were quite blatant to me from the outset and yet something the film maker seems slow to realise.

Peter, the dead brother, is not a ghost. He is a projection of trauma. A culmination of years of withstanding a titanic wave of childhood abuse and neglect. I have seen this happen often in cases like Jason's and is all part of the disassociative state.

I stopped listening part way through the third episode. I know how stories like this pan out eventually. And it's never good.

Also, Audible as a platform - big thumbs down.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful