Pita, Mary Ann, Murder discussed on Published...Or Not


First. So it was my first perspective and so I was interested in well, what makes good man to a bad thing, but and then what made in what was it on about that day that made this man do something so terrible. That was my beginning put. It also makes us vulnerable. If you know people who are involved in this situation, if you start writing and then sort of changed their opinions and such like it places you as a writer in a very vulnerable position. Yes. And I was aware too that it could place Wally in vulnerable position because as you can imagine an event like this is very divisive in a community. Well, especially in a small rural community where everybody knows each other. Yes, but this is the interesting thing that the nature of the people you say the protagonists were not archetypes, but complex and flawed human. Beings whose motivations were planted and who state of mind was contested by those who knew them. So you go in, we get a perception when a murder is reported and climate case close, we know who done it, et cetera. And we don't see any of the other elements associated with it by going into that rural town and investigating you're starting to see the implications, the background, you're breaking down the stereotypes, and I'm reminded of trim into parties in cold blood and NFL Anders stars eland where these individuals, these authors went into the environment and all of a sudden they started where Capote was concerned, almost found an excuse on it. That might be a bit extreme for the murders in as much as the murderers were victims of society. An Anna funder. Talk to those who were. In the Stasi, but they simply wanted to belong in some ways, though there was a justification in in some ways or a rationalization for actions. Were you expecting to find anything other or what were you looking for? I didn't expect to find. A justification for in did. I mean, I don't think you can ever justify killing three people that way. So I wasn't expecting to exonerate in or anything like that. I just was curious and about what could have driven him to these. And also it became clear that you pay to himself was quite a divisive figure in the community. You know he was, you know, he was his neighbors who I spoke to loved him, you know, but they would still describe him as a store, you know, paid a like two. He loved an argument wouldn't back down from a confrontation, but you know, he was loyal. He was intelligent will. This is the interesting thing about the profiles of these individuals that you've got. You've already started mentioning about in Jemison, and he was a stickler for detail in many. He weighs so that could have been affect in his Mike up plead a locker is fascinating because they were. Well, there's a background story was Peter and Mary. Would you care to highlight some of that? It was. It was by this second. Marriages and pita was came from, what is known in would have been is a pioneer. Family luck family had been something like seven generations. And so you know, a local, a local local, and but he had when he had begun his relationship with Mary Ann ended his first marriage that was seen by his own family as kind of disgraceful. And in fact, he wasn't in touch with any of his. Now he, there was a a lot of estrangement in that family. And I think that you know people who I spoke to said that was a source of great and continuing sadness for him. But Mary had five children and he lavished, you know, he and I became a substitute fan. We'll. Were a substitute family for him his so. They accepted him as part of their family. As far as I will concerned pita was part of it was innuendo in in some of what was. Going on there? Yes. And I think. I say later in the book that was to me, it seemed like pita had become this kind of scapegoat in the community that nothing was too terrible to ascribe to his character and. We'll let that speaks. Yeah, and impede I think because of the sort of person he was, he was not going to try and improve that impression of him. He was just going to carry on doing what he was doing and how he did it, and he would not try and grey shade himself with anybody that speaks thin also, too small communities and the attitudes and perceptions and stories they tell each other, it's almost incestuous in that regard that that the nature of the stories that are made up about people rumors that go round within a close community. And I think it also I think it will can also happen within. You know with the, you know, look, I live in Melbourne, very big city, but I have a particular community that I live in and. You know this, there are tensions and rumors and flare ups that happened, you know, in inner city Melvin as well. I mean, nothing that I witnessed as terrible as this, but you know, I think that we all have that capacity for doc nece and to what extent and that that's the fascination, because are we all capable of such a degree of darkness to to guide to such extent, to such an extent. I suspect we are. I suspect all of us are, which makes one of the reasons why we keep wanting to read this book or. Maintain and find out and work towards the end, not a, not a who done it, but we're still looking in some ways for our own psychology with a we are capable of such things, but but back to the characters, you got Gregory homes as well. These Mary son, return veteran

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