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    Mark Morri(Author)

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On February 4, 1986, John Cobby’s life imploded. He was driving up the coast looking for his missing wife, Anita, when over the radio he heard: "The body of a naked woman has been found in a paddock in western Sydney." As details emerged of the rape and murder of the gentle nurse and former beauty queen, outrage engulfed Australia. Five men were caught and, amid unprecedented scenes, jailed for life. For young reporter Mark Morri, the case was a baptism of fire. Told to "find the husband", he despaired: Cobby had changed his name and disappeared. But the Daily Mirror found him, and Morri’s interviews sent newspaper sales soaring. For nearly thirty years, Morri and Cobby kept in touch. In this book, John finally opens up, recounting how he and Anita fell in love, travelled the world, suffered the pain of her miscarriage, and how he still believes today that they are soulmates. He also explains why they were apart at the time of the murder. Weaving in chilling material from the autopsy police files, and interviews with the detectives who hunted down the killers, Mark Morri explores the ripple effects of the murder that still shocks a nation.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Mark Morri(Author)
  • Penguin Random House Australia (February 27, 2017)
  • English
  • 4
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Simone on March 22, 2016

    Like the rest of Australia I was horrified by the brutal murder of Anita Cobby back in 1986. Over the years I have watched TV shows about the crime as well as reading some books. I must admit that in doing both those things I never gave a second thought to Anita's husband John Cobby. The only mention made was that the couple had recently separated. He was largely left out of media accounts of the crime. Remembering Anita Cobby is his story, the first time he has spoken since 1986.It is impossible to fathom how such a horrific crime would impact your life, but in reading John's story you get some idea of what it is like. Initially a suspect John was soon cleared of any involvement in his wife's murder. Although they had recently separated they were in fact in the process of reconciling and were due to look at flats to rent on the day that she was reported missing. Since that day John has carried around a belief that he failed to protect Anita and thus is at least partly to blame for her death.John's life as he knew it ended on the day Anita died. Changing his name to avoid being connected with the crime that polarised Australia he has spent most of his adult life running in an attempt to escape the horror. A nurse like Anita he has continued to work in the caring profession while self medicating with alcohol and drugs (at one time). His only respite has been surfing, something he remains passionate about to this day.Overall I found this a very sad book. There was some information about the crime that was new, but it was mainly John's story. It illustrated how random murder can be and also that being beautiful, caring and well loved by all those who knew you does not make you immune if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another thing I took from the book was a question of if John's life may have been different had he undergone proper therapy to help him deal with the loss. My take was that he has not really moved on and still carries an enormous burden of guilt and self loathing.This was not an easy subject to read about, but still I believe it be an important book that gave me a new insight into the Anita Cobby case. It also serves to remind us why murder victims must not be forgotten and the importance of the community coming together to solve and hopefully prevent such awful crimes.

  • By Nicole Harmon on February 22, 2016

    Finished the book Remembering Anita Cobby. I am so mad because what they did was so heinous. 5 counts of murder, rape, grievous bodily harm, assault and robbery and theft of a car. They sodomized, orally raped her and vaginally raped her. They beat her and the one guy slit her throat to the point of almost decapitating her. Do you know that the the trial was 54 days. From the oral rape they found semen in her mouth. They said the damage from the slit throat hid the evidence. She was bruised and battered from the beatings. The story is told to the reporter who had covered the trial by the husband of the deceased. Through records from the police and his notes and discussion with the husband he wrote this novel to celebrate the anniversary of her death. I will not tell you anything else but will recommend that you read the book and find out for yourself how it was.Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this review except for a copy of the book from the publisher.

  • By Guest on March 16, 2016

    Very very sad story, but a great book, Anita's life should never be forgotten, those 5 animals should never ever get parole and hope they rot in hell

  • By kerri on April 19, 2016

    Great book

  • By Guest on May 3, 2016

    Great read.

  • By Sandy Beach on February 6, 2016

    The tragic story of Anita Cobby from her husbands perspective. What a devastating story of yet another victim of this terrible crime. It's taken John Cobby 30 years to see light at the end of his dark tunnel .. My only complaint is having to see pictures of these scumbags in the book - I would have rather seen more happy pictures of John and Anita enjoying life together way back then because to me that is what this book is about. Mark Morri did and excellent job of telling this story. Congratulations Mark .. and all the best John.. yes the world is interested, we care and we will stand beside you to keep these animals where they belong.FYI- First copy of this I downloaded had missing pages, I deleted and downloaded again and it fixed the problem.

  • By Leyla on March 9, 2016

    I remember the murder of Anita Cobby, there are not too many murders that stay in the mind over all these years. I was living in rural Victoria at the time, busy with two babies, and it horrified me that someone life could be taken like that. What troubled me most was that the perpetrators did not care - they were callus and thought it was funny to destroy a life like that. I must admit at the time my thought centered towards Anita - but this book really hit me, the way all those associated with this crime suffered and are still suffering. Mark Morri tells the story of the victims, but mostly of John Cobby, in a factual way - as this is what happens to someone left behind - it isn't a story that is meant to pull at your heartstring, but makes an impact more so for its telling. It is a tragic story of many lives changed - a real true to life story of the impact of a brutal murder. Thank you for telling it.

  • By Sandy on May 24, 2017

    This book is about a man who tragically lost his beautiful wife to a horrendous brutal murder. Trying to live was a struggle. He moved away changed his name and tried to move forward . This book proves that people who are murdered leave love ones hurting for ever,by grace they move forward.


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