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The Matriarch

The Story of 'Granny Evil' Kathy Pettingill
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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The matriarch of Australia’s most violent and notorious criminal family, and allegedly the inspiration for the award-winning film Animal Kingdom, tells her side of the story.

Kathy Pettingill is a name that’s both respected and feared, not only by Australia’s criminal underworld, but by many in the Victorian police force. As the matriarch at the head of the most notorious and violent family of habitual offenders in Australian criminal history, her life has revolved around murder, drugs, prison, prostitution, and bent coppers - and the intrigue and horror that surround such crimes.

Her eldest son, Dennis Allen, was a mass murderer and a $70,000-a-week drug dealer who dismembered a Hell’s Angel with a chainsaw. Two younger sons were acquitted of the Walsh Street murders, the cold-blooded assassination of two police officers that changed the face of crime in Melbourne forever. One of the two, Victor, was gunned down himself in the street 14 years later, becoming the third son Kathy has buried.

In this revised and updated authorized edition of Adrian Tame’s best-selling The Matriarch, Kathy Pettingill reveals the chilling truth behind many of the myths and legends that surround her family, including her experiences in the blood-spattered charnel house at the centre of Dennis Allen’s empire of drugs and violence.

But this is no plea for pity. Forthright and deeply disturbing, like its subject, The Matriarch pulls no punches.

Updated and revised for a new generation, this true crime classic is as terrifying and powerful as when it was first published.

©1996, 2019 Adrian Tame and Kathy Pettingill (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Australia. All rights reserved.

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Humm

Yes the the book was good, the narrater as well, happy to have read story and hope no proceeds went to this wicked woman, not a fan of her or her spawn. We all have choices. Knowing she is living a life of an upstanding citizen grates me a little, but at least she is giving back to the community, better now than latter I guess.

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Disturbing Insight into a Melbourne Crime Family.

Well presented format. Kath's character is brought to life brilliantly by Kelly Butler. Fantastic research and inside knowledge by the Author. An interesting, difficult, confronting and outrageous story. Well worth the investment in listening time.

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A bit Average

The story is more about her son Dennis the junkie / drug dealer. Not in the same league as "The Ice Man" or "Evil has a Name".

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Good book

Well worth the credit such a good read enjoyed every minute. She's a tough woman

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granny evil

loved this book. it took me there. also the end. i recommend it highly.

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  • 02-11-2019

Mind Blowing Lawlessness + Exceptional Narration

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