Beyond Bad

  • by Sandra Lee
  • Narrated by Kate Hood
  • 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is the shocking, true story of Australia's most horrific crime. Cruel and evil, Katherine Knight showed no mercy when she butchered her lover in a crime that put her behind bars in an Australian prison for a record life sentence. Swinging from a meat-hook, John Price's entire skin was in one piece, including his hair, face, ears, nose, mouth, and genitals. Slashes and stab holes tore through the human pelt, a testimony to the wounds he suffered before dying.
Knight, a 44-year-old abattoir worker, had stabbed father-of-three John Price 37 times, skinned his body, cooked his head, and served him up as a meal for his children. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Beyond Bad tells what motivated Knight to commit such a heinous act and how it rocked the small town where she lived. This is a horrifying story of love, lust, revenge, and murder that is all the more shocking because it really happened.


What the Critics Say

"Given the horrific nature of the material, Kate Hood narrates with the dispassionate charge of a reporter doing her job as objectively as possible." ( AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Not for the faint hearted...

'Beyond Bad' is a narrative of a particularly grisly murder. This is not an investigation and several aspects of the episode are not cleared up. The murderer did not cooperate.

The murderer was an experienced abattoir worker who apparently loved her work. There are detailed descriptions of the process of killing cattle and preparing carcasses. This is relevant to the subject matter so is not gratuitous.

This is a detailed family history of the murderer, the victim and previous partners that gives a clear impression of how both families are left devastated by the slaying. The reader is left with a view of life in outback Australia that reinforces a stereotype of the hard working, hard drinking 'compo', mateship culture. Domestic violence appears to be routine. Compo is Australian slang for compensation.

As the story unfolds chronologically the interval between the events related shortens until the grisly murder. Each blow is described in terms of location on the body, the progress of the hopeless flight of the victim and physical consequence of the blow for the victim.

The book then continues to describe the trial and sentencing. There is some discussion of the mental state of the killer but once again no real insight ? we don't get 'inside' the head of the killer.

The author provides a sound technical description that is consistent in terms of the level of detail. However the contrast between the domestic life in the outback with the bloody detail of the murder does make this a deeply shocking narrative.
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- Leshawk


What did you like best about Beyond Bad? What did you like least?

listened to the end but did not improve lot's of repeated information.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Film would be much better

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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-06-2007
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd