By Rochelle Jackson
For a few, it truly is real love. For others, it is the pleasure, wealth and glamour. a desirable exploration of the ladies who love the baddest of the undesirable boys - from Chopper learn to George Freeman and Robert Trimbole.
What used to be it like for Mary-Ann Hodge to be married to Mark 'Chopper' learn? How was once Joe Korp's former female friend Tania Herman persuaded to attempt to kill his spouse Maria? And why did hairdresser Sylvia Bruno fall for Melbourne gangland killer Nikolai 'The Bulgarian' Radev?
What draws ladies to risky males? For Georgina Freeman (married to unlawful on line casino king George Freeman), Ann-Marie Presland (girlfriend of organised crime determine Bob Trimbole), Fran Stratford (partner of assassin Billy 'The Texan' Longley), Jeannie Cako (wife of armed robber Fred Cako) and Coral Watson (ex-wife of NZ assassin Scott Watson) it wasn't regularly concerning the thrill of residing at the aspect and hooking up with undesirable boys. Their motivations and lives are extra complicated than that.
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She didn’t even know what it meant to have a boyfriend, but at least it got her out of the house. However there was no fooling around—when the couple went out, they were always chaperoned by Frank’s sister and her husband. Not surprisingly, Frank didn’t last. Sylvia ‘dropped’ him after advice from her girlfriend Rosemary, who told her she was too young to get married. Sylvia thought if she broke up with Frank, she wouldn’t have to get married; that she could escape by becoming a hairdresser and finally getting away from her parents.
What Sylvia didn’t know was that Pinka was running an unofficial immigration scheme and had an interest in helping Nik Radev find a wife. She had been a political prisoner herself and helped out refugees from Bulgaria— for a price. Pinka was cunning; she knew Sylvia’s family was strict and didn’t permit visitors at home, so she allowed Sylvia to see Nik at the salon. His campaign to court ‘the virgin Italian nun’, as Pinka called her, had begun. Nik applied himself to the role as though his future depended on it—and it did.
They would get no money and had to trust I’d get the story right, though I showed every woman the chapter after finishing it. I’ve discovered you can’t profile or sum up the partners of criminals. They don’t come from the same cultural backgrounds or have similar educations, jobs, or even reasons why they became involved with the men they did. To generalise would be wrong, unfair and inaccurate; there’s not one ‘type’ of woman who is attracted to male criminals. Some of my subjects fell in love with a man who represented the opposite of their upbringing, others enjoyed the excitement, wealth and privileges that came with being associated with someone infamous.
Partners and Crime. The True Stories of Eight Women and Their Lives with Notorious Men by Rochelle Jackson