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Bowraville

By: Dan Box
Narrated by: Dan Box
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A true crime story cannot often be believed, at least at the beginning. In Bowraville, all three of the victims were Aboriginal. All three were killed within five months, between 1990 and 1991. The same white man was linked to each, but nobody was convicted.

More than two decades later, homicide detective Gary Jubelin contacted Dan Box, asking him to pursue this serial killing. At that time, few others in the justice system seemed to know - or care - about the murders in Bowraville. Dan spoke to the families of the victims, Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, as well as the lawyers, police officers and even the suspect involved in what had happened. His investigation, as well as the families' own determined campaigning, forced the authorities to reconsider the killings. This account asks painful questions about what 'justice' means and how it is delivered, as well as describing Dan's own shifting, uncomfortable realisation that he was a reporter who crossed the line.

©2019 Dan Box (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

"It is a gripping true crime tale and an essay on racism; a challenge to the lies Australia tells itself about its treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people told through the voices of three Aboriginal families who have been indisputably let down. The podcast has galvanised the public in a way that two decades of print and television reporting on the Bowraville murders have not." (The Guardian)

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Thank you Dan Box

Thank you for all your time, effort and patience writing this book. You have documented an important part of Australian history and I hope that by doing this those 3 young lives are never forgotten.

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Why listening matters

The more people who listen to this, the better. And one of those books where audio is more powerful than print - a profound (and in this case importantly symbolic) reminder of how and why human voice matters and why the act of listening makes such a difference. It’s not often that my first instinct on finishing a book is to thank the author as deeply as I want to thank Dan Box -and all involved.

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Every Australian Needs to Listen

What a confrontational read. Every real Australian needs to listen to this story. Heartbreaking reality.

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Must buy this book!

I loved this audio book, even tho at times I was in tears and it was hard to hear the story of three murdered children and their families.

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justice for all humans

very sad for all. Justice for Aboriginals never in this life time sad but true

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Great Listen

true crime never gets truer than a tragedy that has no ending. Bowraville will keep you gripped until the end.

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Glad it was written!

I'm no stranger to the challenges of Australia's Indigenous communities. This story highlights just some of them. Whilst the story was easy to follow, I often felt more appalled than the reader sounded....perhaps that was his accent. All in all, Australia needs to know abut Bowraville and the injustices occurring in our legal systems.

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This needed a good edit. what started as really promising was really dragging at the end.

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An insightful audiobook

**3 stars** An insightful audiobook, however, I did occasionally zone out. In 1990, three Indigenous Australian children were murdered in the small New South Wales town of Bowraville. The same man has been tied to all three murders, however, almost thirty years later noone has ever been convicted of the murders. This is the is the story told by journalist Dan Box, about the families' fight for justice of the three children. Dan Box has clearly invested himself in the investigation of these children. He, attempts to give readers an unbiased account of the investigation into the deaths of the children however, he begins to realise that by telling the story of these children he has become part of the story. It is an interesting concept, how can reporters remain unbiased when they have clear beliefs and values? This book could be difficult to read, it touches on some very difficult themes such as murder, rape, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, racism and suicide. Dan Box raises some interesting questions when telling these stories. He questions about the inherent racism of the NSW police when investigating this crime, the negligence of police officers in the first case, and really makes you question how it came to be that these children where murdered, and the police force did very little to investigate or support the investigation. I think the best part of this book is reading about the plight of the families and their quest for justice. The children's' families fought for two decades for justice. The fought so hard that they managed to change NSW law and get the Double Jeopardy law rewritten. My heart really goes out to these families who really just wanted justice and answers. Overall, quite a good read

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Interesting account

I liked hearing the true story, the frustrations and challenges along the way. Sad indictment of how indigenous people are treated so differently with rights and respect. I appreciated gaining more insight into their ways of interpreting and conveying their experience. Dan’s narrative was well written but a little monotone for my liking. Overall though worth listening to.

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A story of grief and justice from multiple lenses

Dan Box has brought the context, the emotion, the location to life with his personal observations. It's a beautifully told story about murder and the loss, uncertainty left with all who know about the murders.