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Summary

The shocking true story of a serial killer in 1930s Melbourne. 

November, 1930. One sunny Saturday afternoon, 12-year-old Mena Griffiths was playing in the park when she was lured away by an unknown man. Hours later, her strangled body was found, mouth gagged and hands crossed over her chest, in an abandoned house. Only months later, another girl was murdered, the similarities between the cases undeniable. Crime in Melbourne had taken a shocking new turn: this was the work of a serial killer, a homicidal maniac. 

Despite their best efforts, police had no experience dealing with this kind of criminal. What followed was years of bungled investigations, falsely accused men - and the tragic deaths of two more girls - before the murderer was finally caught and brought to justice. 

With all the pace of a thriller, Katherine Kovacic recounts this extraordinary, chilling true story - of failed police enquiries, a killer with a Jekyll and Hyde personality, and the families shattered when four innocent lives were cruelly taken.

©2020 Katherine Kovacic (P)2021 W F Howes

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Fantastic book about a nasty piece of work. Well performed and written. I am ambivalent about the death penalty but glad Soderman was hanged.

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Rather boring

Takes too long. and therefore becomes rather boring.The story in itself is somewhat interesting, but the book is wayyy too long. Could be at least two hours shorter.

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The Schoolgirl Strangler

loved this book. very well written and really good narration. I found it hard to stop listening and stayed up way to late.

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  • 09-06-21

Gruesome but well researched

This book recounts gruesome sad murders. It is difficult to read and comprehend- but the author does a wonderful job of explaining detailed facts and all of the nuances that tie this story together.