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  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742744742
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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When The Bough Breaks

The True Story of Child Killer Kathleen Folbigg




The true story of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg. She killed her four children over 10 years.

The true story of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg. She killed her four children over 10 years.

Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura Folbigg died one by one over a 10-year period in similar circumstances - suddenly, unexpectedly and while sleeping. Each was discovered by Kathleen, their mother, who raised the alarm to her husband, Craig, that they were not breathing.

When the Folbiggs' marriage fell apart six weeks after the death of their fourth child, Laura, Craig was devastated. It only got worse when he discovered Kathleen's diary in her bedside drawer. Horrified at his wife's ramblings about losing control with the children, her 'terrible thoughts' and her fears she was her 'father's daughter', he took the diary to the police. The diary was the crucial evidence Detective Bernie Ryan had been searching for to confirm his suspicions that the babies had been murdered.

With his career and credibility on the line, he made the decision to charge Kathleen Folbigg with the murder of her four innocent babies. No one who knew Kathleen could believe she had murdered her own children. Yet few knew of her tragic past - the fact that her own father had stabbed her mother to death four decades earlier. When The Bough Breaks exposes the secret life of Australia's worst convicted female serial killer, a woman jailed for the unthinkable crime of killing her own children. It raises important issues about parents who do not feel emotionally attached to their children and about the diagnosis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as a cause of death.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742744742
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Matthew Benns

Matthew Benns is a freelance journalist and has written for publications from the SMH to the Sun Herald to the UK tabloids. He is also the author of a number of books including The Men Who Killed Qantas for Random House. His book, Dirty Money, was number one on the business books bestseller list and described by investigative journalist John Pilger as “a terrific book - the first of its kind in Australia”. Matthew's last bestseller was FIXED - a look at the seedy underbelly of the horse racing industry in Australia.

Using impeccable sources Matthew provides Australians with the uncomfortable facts and shocking answers to the questions raised against our big business and icons and he doesn't flinch from the facts.

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