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Broken Lives/Blackburn, Est/Paper/174064073X/S037-C
A serial killer stalked the city of Perth for months, shooting strangers in the dead of night. Unknown to the terror-stricken citizens of this trusting, emerging metropolis, the young father of seven children who pulled the trigger had for years been doing other sinister night work. Eric Edgar Cooke prowled the streets and back gardens, sadistically attacking many young women. In a remarkable twist of fate, the killer's life tangled with that of 19 year old John Button, whose 17 year old girlfriend was killed. Both men confessed to that crime. Now the stories of Cooke's other victims, and other startling evidence uncovered by the author, strongly suggest that Button still carries the stigma of one of Cooke's many murders. The father of Eric Edgar Cooke despised his baby son from the moment he saw him. Bashings and a hate-filled childhood followed for the boy with the crooked mouth, launching a personality unique among serial killers. Cooke used a sickening variety of weapons to steal the lives of strangers. This riveting investigation into the life and untold crimes of the last man to hang in Western Australia reveals new evidence to indicate that at least one innocent man, John Button, went to jail for one of Cooke's murders.