With the release of her debut non-fiction book, Mothers Who Murder: And infamous miscarriages of justice, last week Dr Xanthé Mallett is shining new light on one of society’s most frightening actions – mothers who kill.
Published by Penguin Random House Australia, Mothers Who Murder examines high-profile cases of a horrific nature; Australian mothers who have been accused and convicted of murdering their own children, as well as infamous miscarriages of justice. Utilising her extensive knowledge of forensic science, each case has been re-opened, possible motives explored, evidence re-evaluated and alternative suspects assessed, offering insight into aspects of the cases that may not have been previously explored. Dr Mallett takes you on a journey through the facts to reach her own conclusion as to whether she believes the evidence points to the accused person’s guilt.
Among the cases covered is that of Kathleen Folbigg, accused and found guilty of killing four of her children in spite of the lack of forensic evidence proving her guilt; Rachel Pfitzner, who strangled her 2-year-old son and dumped his body in a duck pond; as well as Keli Lane, found guilty of child murder though no body has ever been found.
In conjunction with the book release, Dr Mallett will front a Channel Ten television special of the same name. Airing Thursday 7 August at 8:30pm, the Mothers Who Murder special will bring Dr Mallett’s investigative process to the screen, examining and deciphering cases of a similar nature to again question the path of justice. Watch the promo here.