Murder, death and crime… what’s going on with our country? 348



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Today is one of those days you wish you’d never turned on the morning news. Fugitives, murders, cruel identity theft and child abuse are all the top stories on just about every news source.

Is this really Australia? When did it get so violent?

This morning, presenter Karl Stefanovic choked up on air as he showed a picture of 11-year-old Zoe Buttigieg who was allegedly raped and murdered at a party in Wangaratta. The Today show host had to pause for a moment after saying “look at that face” as the picture above was shown on the screen.

“She’ll never graduate from high school, she will never get married, she will never have kids of her own,” Stefanovic said when he recovered.

“She’s one year older than my daughter. Zoe Buttigieg we can only hope you rest in peace.”

He said Australia should be ashamed of Zoe’s death.

The other story that’s breaking our hearts is that of the mother and little girl knows as the Belanglo Angel. Even more disgusting than their murders is that police now believe the people involved may have stolen Karlie Pearce-Stevenson’s identity, taken money from her account and even sent messages to her family making them think she was still alive and well for three years after she died.

Who are these people in our society? And what does this say about the country we have become?

At least the fugitives Gino and Mark Stocco have now been arrested, but news is emerging that the owner of the property’s body was found on the property. Was he the last victim in their crime spree?

Then there’s the case of the woman who saw her 83-year-old mother was dead in her room, closed the door and went on with her life. The coroner today said it was between four and eight months before the body was found.

News Limited reports that the case was “too much” for Deputy State Coroner Sharon Freund, who was charged with trying to understand Noreen Peacock’s “extraordinarily sad” death.

In her findings, she said the daughter, Melissa, who struggled with depression and alcohol dependency, had not coped with caring for her frail, sick mother, who “no doubt loved her the most”, and failed to reach out for help, leaving them both isolated.

How can we have failed on so many fronts? Where have we gone wrong?

Are you shocked at all the terrible things happening in Australia today? Which story touches you the most?

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  1. Starts at 60 needs to get a grip of reality. Australia is a fantastic place. Stop the negativity.

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    • Yes there has always been horrific crime. Yes possibly there is more now but so is there more of us. As a percentage I suspect it is not much different than it has always been.

    • Surely we shouldn’t just accept crime …however worse/better ….. our target should be for NO crime and much harsher penalties for those who commit crime !?

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      • Harsher penalties do not work. The people who commit these type of crimes do not care and a lot of people with minor infringements end up in jail when they should not have. Just look at America. Do we want to live in fear of the police the same as they do. Spending 1 month living in America convinced me that the fear is real and justified and I would never in my worst nightmare want to end up in their penal system.

  2. Sadly there is crime in every country in the world, Australia is no different, what I feel we need is tougher sentencing that fits the crime

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    • me too, to often our court system either lets them off or gives them a light sentence and they go out and do it again

    • Why was the Lindt cafe bloke out on bail, he tried to kill his exwife, instead he was responsible for two innocents loosing their lives

    • I agree with you John and there many other instances, that is why I feel the punishment should fit the crime.. you take a life, you are given a true life sentence, where life means life, no parole for serious crimes..why give them another chance to kill or maim someone else and Pedophiles should never be released.

    • Agree the police arrest them they go to court and get a fine, and then the police have to appeal???

    • What do the Norwegian monster deserve then? He killed 77 people, and only got 20 years, and he is sitting in comfort and still complaining about how bad his conditions are. The law is an ass, not only in Australia, but all over

  3. I think we should get back into community organisations and help….some of us don’t even know our neighbours

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    • Neighborhood watch was good Heather. We all stickers on our gates and letterboxes, so that kids would know they had a safe place to run

    • Our Neighbourhood watch coordinator was wife to the guy who when new kitchen tiles were needed drove around new building sites to see what he could find. He built a garage out of stolen bricks and fences from stolen timber. Her son was lucky to escape gaol for some of his break-ins with his mates. I rather lost faith in Neighbourhood Watch when she became our coordinator.

    • oh how bad is that Barbara but all people were not like that, their is always a few bad apples in any organization

  4. It’s just horrendous at the moment with so much violence against women and children especially. I’m just happy in my little home in my little country town where I feel so safe.

  5. More done to treat the mentally ill would help. Those whose condition might make them dangerous need some level of supervision to check they are on their medication. If they are in the community as is their right then the rest of us have a right to be safe from them.

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    • I totally agree . Since the mental health hospitals closed down and these people r roaming around unsupervised and medicated amongst society having access to porn on the internet how to access weopens and make bombs etc its adding degraded fuel to their fire. The gov needs to take responsability ..enough is enough. The poor kids need to be safe in their homes… Just terrible ..!!!!

  6. the really bad people who are preying on the innocent need to be seperated from society not to rehabilitate or pander to with civil rights they laugh in your face they like to cause mayhem and they dont worry about the rules the police are useless and security is a joke in this country start a hard line approach to serious crime take them to a place of the magestrates chosing and confinement until notified

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    • I do think our police do their best – it’s when the criminals go through the Court system – well that’s when they are let off with a small punishment or let off all together! Sick of seeing the news each night with crims laughing outside Court & being totally rude to photographers.

  7. The boys who murdered a man in Perth last year for fun basically… have just had their very light sentence of approx 5 years halved. People killing other people by dangerous driving get off with a couple of years and serve less. There is NO JUSTICE IN AUSTRALIA anymore. The police arrest them – the judges let them off!!

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    • You are definitely right there about the Judicial System. Police spend their time doing what the Law requires, but Judges let the perpetrators off easily, and a lot of the time they re-offend. Police do their duty (often heartbreaking and it can affect them emotionally), but Judges don’t do their duty to the community. Judges should be held accountable and also Parole Boards who let offenders out too soon from prison to re-offend.
      (Example case of Jill Meagher).

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