The Baby Farmers: A Chilling Tale of Missing Babies, Shameful Secrets and Murder in 19th Century Australia

The Baby Farmers: A Chilling Tale of Missing Babies, Shameful Secrets and Murder in 19th Century Australia

Annie Cossins


The commonest homicide sufferer in nineteenth century Australia used to be a toddler, and the most typical offender was once a woman—a interesting tale of the main notorious criminal trial in Australia

In October 1892, a one-month-old child boy was once came upon buried within the yard of Sarah and John Makin, wretchedly negative child farmers in internal Sydney. within the weeks that undefined, 12 extra infants have been discovered buried within the backyards of alternative homes during which the Makins had lived. This led to the main notorious trial in Australian felony historical past, and uncovered a stunning underworld of determined moms, drugged and ravenous infants, and a black marketplace within the sale and homicide of youngsters. Annie Cossins items jointly a dramatic and tragic story with greater than existence characters: theatrical Sarah Makin; her smooth-talking husband, John; her disloyal daughter, Clarice; diligent Constable James Joyce, with curious family preparations of his personal; and a community of child farmers stretching around the urban. it is a glimpse right into a society that hottest to show a blind eye to the destiny of its such a lot susceptible individuals, just a century ago.

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