Partners and Crime By Rochelle Jackson


    Most of us are familiar with the lives of some of Australia's more imfamous criminals.
    The exploits of the likes of Chopper Read, George Freeman and Joe Korp to name but a few, are well chronicled. But what of the women in their lives? The public seldom hears from them.

    In PARTNERS AND CRIME Rochelle Jackson has attempted to redress the balance. While it does tell the stories of these women, often in their own words, and at times offers reasons why they chose to share their lives with their partners, there seems to be something missing.

    The stories are told without any apparent challenege and little or no attempt at analysis. Surely, the true interest lies in why these women chose their partners and why they stayed with them often enduring years of violence. Perhaps any book of this nature is going to be fundamentally flawed because they do rely on the co-operation and goodwill of the subjects

    Paperback ⭐️ 2.5 stars ⭐️ Paperback What was it like for Mary-Ann Hodge to be married to Mark 'Chopper' Read? How was Joe Korp's former girlfriend Tania Herman persuaded to try to kill his wife Maria? And why did hairdresser Sylvia Bruno fall for Melbourne gangland killer Nikolai 'The Bulgarian' Radev?

    Why on earth was I reading a book on this subject matter? There was a not inconsiderable part of me that was wondering if I was rapidly tipping right over into some sort of voyeur. Although, the chapter about Tania Herman seemed to be going to answer something that never really came out at the time of the dreadful killing of Maria Korp - that idea of ... why / how / what the?

    Given my discomfort I'm perfectly prepared to admit that I started reading this book fully expecting a whole heap of attempted reputation restoration. Excuses, reasons and justifications. Some hefty doses of what I'd call the Judy Moran defence - I didn't know / not in front of me / never suspected... All the stuff that's next to impossible to swallow no matter how hard you chew. Whilst there are some alternative viewpoints of some of the men that these women hooked up with, apart from a few exceptions, there was acknowledgement of how they earned their money and the sorts of lives they lived. In Herman's case there was an honesty about what she did, that made why she did it, if not understandable, at least believable. There was even, in other chapters, refreshing honesty about the daftness of thinking that you can change any man, let alone an institutionalised career criminal with a long history of violence.

    What Jackson, as the author of these women's stories has done, is avoid some obvious pitfalls. There's not a lot of excusing going on, although there is some explanation of how somebody might dig themselves into a hole this deep. Whilst some of the women are attempting to explain the inexplicable, the delivery gives you an opportunity to hear their side, look at the relationship from their viewpoint, and make up your own mind about the motives and outcomes for each of these women.

    At the end of the book I still had a sneaking suspicion that I'd stuck my nose way too far into the personal aspects of people's lives. But then again, none of these women were forced into telling their stories, and perhaps understanding how it is that you can get yourself into these situations might help others from going there, or getting themselves back out again in one piece if it's already too late.

    What was it like for Mary-Ann Hodge to be married to Mark 'Chopper' Read? How was Joe Korp's former girlfriend Tania Herman persuaded to try to kill his wife Maria? And why did hairdresser Sylvia Bruno fall for Melbourne gangland killer Nikolai 'The Bulgarian' Radev?

    What attracts women to dangerous men? For Georgina Freeman (married to illegal casino king George Freeman), Ann-Marie Presland (girlfriend of organised crime figure Bob Trimbole), Fran Stratford (partner of murderer Billy 'The Texan' Longley), Jeannie Cako (wife of armed robber Fred Cako) and Coral Watson (ex-wife of NZ murderer Scott Watson) it wasn't always about the thrill of living on the edge and hooking up with bad boys. Their motivations and lives are more complex than that.

    Confiding in investigative journalist Rochelle Jackson, these women finally get the chance to tell their own stories. Surprising, intimate and at times confronting, Partners and Crime takes us behind the headlines and media hype to reveal what it is really like to live with men who are outside the law. Partners and Crime

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    Interesting book, I like all the little details the author added. Paperback Not bad. Didn’t really go into the type of depth that would have made it interesting. A lot of padding about the families of some of the women. I understand, trying to set the background that made some of these women feel like they deserved the treatment they were getting, but still not very interesting reading. Tania Herman’s story was probably the most interesting and made you understand some of what went through her head and explained how her personality led her to do what she did. I did also feel sorry for Sylvia Bruno being so young and virtually forced into that marriage.
    I guess the author could only work with what she was given, but I expected something that examined their thinking a little more.
    I hadn’t actually heard of any of the men, Chopper aside. What can I say, I don’t glorify or follow stories about thugs and criminals generally, but I do often read stories about abused/murdered women in the news and wonder what the hell were they thinking getting involved with these men? This book covers a little of it, but mostly it’s just background and matter of fact retelling of details as told by the women. Paperback This book was refreshing, a completely different angle on crime and their partners. All too often in the media you have their the reporters idea of the wife/ partner which can be totally misleading.

    This book gave each of the women in it a voice to say once and for all what happened, why and where they stood. You may not agree with what they did or say but you finally hear their voice telling their story their way.

    Rochelle did a marvellous job giving each woman their voice for this book and therefore produced a unique example of crime and partners, a look at the fallout from a completely new place.

    Well done Rochelle Paperback The author is obviously a very experienced journalist and writes well, it’s an easy to read book and entertaining enough. This is not the authors fault but a couple of the stories were so frustrating, particularly the women who deliberately went to visit men in prison in full knowledge of what they were sentenced for. It was hard to have sympathy for the women in some of the stories. Still, it was interesting to read about crime from a different perspective. Paperback Interesting reading the tales these women have to tell about their lives with criminal partners. On the one hand you have to wonder,what the? are you doing staying with this guy...don't you see what kind of person he is? On the other, it goes to show that if you truly love someone, it doesn't matter so much...because your love is unconditional. Obviously this only my opinion and some may or will not agree. I found the book very well written and put together. Definitely buying more Rochelle to add to my shelves. Paperback