The Sad Death of Dianne BrimbleBook - 2012
On September 24, 2002, Queensland mother Dianne Brimble was found dead on the floor of a cabin on the cruise ship Pacific Sky less than 24 hours into what was to be the holiday of a lifetime. The cabin belonged to four men from Adelaide who were part of a group of eight colorful characters, whom the media would later describe as the most hated men in Australia. Within hours of Dianne Brimble's death, it emerged that she had been showered and dressed before medical help was called. Soon there were rumors of drug use and group sex, which grew into allegations of rape and murder. Cruise personnel failed to secure the cabin, allowing the men back in to collect their belongings, thus making the truth even more difficult to determine. A police investigation, a high-profile inquest, a grieving family, and a criminal trial probed what went on in those few crucial early morning hours ending in her death. This extraordinary case, which captivated Australia, highlights the fine line between lax moral responsibility, criminal negligence, and how easily things can get out of hand when care is abandoned.
Winner, 2011 Ned Kelly Awards, True Crime category
Shortlisted, 2011 Walkley Award for Best Nonfiction Book