Wedderburn: A True Tale of Blood and Dust Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The story of a grisly triple murder in rural Australia - contemporary true crime at its best.
'The slaughter was extravagant and bloody. And yet there were people in the small town of Wedderburn in Central Victoria who, while they did not exactly rejoice, quietly thought that Ian Jamieson had done them all a favour.'
One fine Wednesday evening in October 2014, 65-year-old Ian Jamieson secured a hunting knife in a sheath to his belt and climbed through the wire fence separating his property from that of his much younger neighbour Greg Holmes.
Less than 30 minutes later, Holmes was dead, stabbed more than 25 times. Jamieson returned home and took two shotguns from his gun safe. He walked across the road and shot Holmes' mother, Mary Lockhart, and her husband, Peter, multiple times before calling the police.
In this compelling audiobook, Maryrose Cuskelly gets to the core of this small Australian town and the people within it. Much like the successful podcast S-Town, things aren't always as they seem: Wedderburn begins with an outwardly simple murder but expands to probe the dark secrets that fester within small towns, asking: is murder something that lives next door to us all?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 April 2019|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 34,216 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Why did Ian Jamieson murder three people? What caused him to murder three of his neighbours in this small community?
In this book, Ms Cuskelly attempts to find some meaning behind Ian Jamieson’s actions, some reason for these brutal murders. Jamieson originally pleaded guilty to the murders of Mary and Peter Lockhart and not guilty to the murder of Greg Holmes. He then switched to a third guilty plea, and then tried to return to a not guilty plea. These changes (and attempted changes) resulted in a technical legal argument which overshadowed the crimes and the victims.
Ultimately there was no trial, and Jamieson was sentenced to life in prison in 2016.
‘It is a fearsome thing, the pronouncement of a sentence; an attempt to render justice for a crime for which there can be no real reparation.’
Jamieson appealed against the sentence in 2017: his appeal was disallowed.
I read this book and found no answers. Yes, it seems that there was tension between Jamieson and his neighbours over several different issues. But the issues seem comparatively small to this outsider. I guess we’ll never really know what caused Ian Jamieson to snap and to murder his neighbours. Ms Cuskelly does raise a possible explanation, of a friendship between Peter Lockhart and Ian Jamieson which turned sour, but I’m left wondering, dissatisfied, unsettled.
At the end of the book, Ms Cuskelly writes:
‘On my drive back to Melbourne, I feel I have caught a glimpse of what lies beyond this tale of murder, grief, cruelty, obstinacy and hard-headedness.’
We have the events, some (limited) sense of the impact of these murders on the community, and Jamieson’s self-pity.
A glimpse perhaps, but no answers.