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My Mother, a Serial Killer

Narrated by: Kate Hosking
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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A gripping and shocking story of a serial killer mother, and the brave daughter who brought her to justice.

Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea.

That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her.

Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves - one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron - in one of the most infamous periods of the state's history. She would have got away with it all had it not been for Hazel.

Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.

©2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd

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Interesting

I enjoyed this look back at a bit of Australian history. It’s interesting to listen to how country life was back in the fifties and sad at how all those children were brought up. The mother was truly an evil monster who ended up having a better life than she deserved. Kate Hosking did a great job with the narration.

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Great Story

Very interesting twist at the end. Couldn't stop listening very well read great characters and true

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Extraordinary story

This was easily one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened too. It’s quite the story about evil behaviour and at the same time provides a really strong description for what life was like for poorer Australians in the 1900’s to the 1960’s. The narrative is so well co stricter that you almost feel like you’re there living by the banks of the Murray river. Really powerful stuff and quite saddening at the same time. This is a story that spans the past all the way through to recent years and in that sense is a saga.

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Fascinating!

This book was a fascinating story of a daughter whose mother was a serial killer. It told not only of her murders, but the terrible price her children paid for her actions as they grew up fearing she was a killer. The crimes happened in a time and location when it was easier to get away with murder and that too was fascinating. I highly recommend this audiobook

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Love it!

I really enjoyed this book and hazel point of view on her mother a true psychopath who only cared about her self.

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What an awesome book!

I really thoroughly enjoyed this, incredible Australian stories like this aren’t things you come across every day. The prose felt a little stiff but the stranger than fiction events more than made up for it.

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Excellent

Such a captivating story set against the 40's-60's Australian lifestyle. I loved the narration and the flow of the story and can't recommend it enough

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can't stop listening

As soon as the reading finished, I started again!! thoroughly enjoyed listening to this amazing part of Australian history.

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A good listen

I did initially find this hard to put down. I think I was waiting for twists and turns in the plot as if it were fiction so did feel a tad disappointed. I had to remind myself it was a true story.

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must listen

This was such an interesting and mindboggling tale so bizarre it's hard to believe it's real.

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  • 08-06-2019

loved it!!

Loved it! great story! Well worth the read. If you enjoy history and serial killers, you wont regret it

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