Can’t Wait Wednesday: Bowraville

Can’t Wait Wednesday was once Waiting on Wednesday, but the purpose is the same: for bloggers to highlight what they’re waiting on. This week I am waiting on Bowraville 


A true crime story cannot often be believed, at least at the beginning.

In Bowraville, all three of the victims were Aboriginal. All three were killed within five months, between 1990 and 1991. The same white man was linked to each, but nobody was convicted.

More than two decades later, homicide detective Gary Jubelin contacted Dan Box, asking him to pursue this serial killing. At that time, few others in the justice system seemed to know – or care – about the murders in Bowraville.

Dan spoke to the families of the victims, Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, as well as the lawyers, police officers and even the suspect involved in what had happened. His investigation, as well as the families’ own determined campaigning, forced the authorities to reconsider the killings. This account asks painful questions about what ‘justice’ means and how it is delivered, as well as describing Dan’s own shifting, uncomfortable realisation that he was a reporter who crossed the line.

I found this book when I received the newsletter for Penguin Random House — and then promptly went and found the podcast. This is the story of the death of three young Aboriginal children in a town where the white cops didn’t care, and didn’t realise they were seeing a serial killer at work. It’s heartbreaking listening to the families left behind still waiting for answers, realising the police didn’t care enough to investigate because they were Aboriginal.

This is a podcast that was made 2 or 3 years ago I think, and one of the people interviewed talks about Aboriginal people paying for something and having their change placed on a counter instead of their hands.

The families have no closure, and the man who stood accused of these murders — he’s white — was never arrested.

So yeah, a difficult story, but one that needs to be told. And read.


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