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By: Jillian Bavin-Mizzi

The Wanda Beach Killer

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The brutal rape and murder of two fifteen-year-old friends in the Wanda Beach sand dunes in 1965 is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most famous cold cases. For many years now, there have been three prime suspects in the murders of Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt. These are:

Alan Raymond Bassett – convicted in 1966 for the murder of Carolyn Orphin

Derek Ernest Percy – one of Australia’s most notorious child killers and

Christopher Bernard Wilder – aka America’s ‘Beauty Queen Killer’

The Wanda Beach Killer meticulously presents and examines the evidence against each of these suspects, leaving little, if any, doubt as to the murderer’s identity.

Jillian Bavin-Mizzi holds a doctorate in the history of sexual assault. While she has published a number of academic texts, this book is her first in true crime genre. Jillian previously worked as a lecturer in Murdoch University’s History Department but now writes from her home in Perth, Western Australia. She has four children.

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    I liked the way this book was organised. First, we are given all the facts known about the case, and then all the potential lead suspects are laid out. The author dedicates a lot more time and writing to one particular suspect and it’s clear to see why and difficult to have any other opposing view when finishing the book.

    I think a sign of a good (is that even the right word?) true crime book is wanting to know more as soon as it’s finished. This case is really unnerving and I hope one day a conclusion is officially drawn for these girls.

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