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Death Row at Truro

The shocking true story of Australia's deadliest sex killers

(9 customer reviews)
Authors: Geoff Plunkett
True Crime, Serial killers
153mm x 230mm

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Innocent young women, a sadistic serial killing duo and … the true story as revealed by the lead detective.

Australia’s most prolific serial sexual killers met in prison. They were a complete contrast: Christopher Worrell, the charismatic psychopathic youngster; and James Miller, the older and socially awkward loner. For Miller, it was love at first sight. They developed an ominous sexual bond – proving that opposites can attract – and then kill.

Once free, the inseparable tag team slayed as many people as notorious Australian serial killer Ivan Milat. Whereas Milat took a year to murder seven victims, the duo achieved the same in seven short weeks … the last four killed in only six days.
The frenzied carnage only stopped when Worrell died in a car accident. So ended the life of Australia’s own BTK. Like America’s Dennis Radar, Worrell bound, tortured and killed – because he could.

Revealed for the first time is the full account of the victims, the serial killers and the lead detective, a relentless investigator who broke the silence of the surviving murderer, the only person who knew the full truth … But was Miller’s truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Geoff Plunkett

Geoff Plunkett

Geoff Plunkett’s recent books include Let the Bums Burn, which recounts Australia’s deadliest building fire, and The Whiskey Au Go Go Massacre, an examination of the cold case 1973 nightclub fire, which was based on exclusive access to the original murder investigative files. His work has featured in all the major newspapers, on radio and […]

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9 reviews for Death Row at Truro

  1. I was 18 when this happened while living in North Adelaide. It was huge and terrific. Someone I knew said they knew Worrell from his school and he was sociable enough, but a cocky smug prick.

    The story that we grew up with was that Worrell was the man and Miller was the innocent infantile accomplice.

    That is demolished in this excellent and well research account.

    I reckon this is the best Aussie serial killer book since the Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders. What I look for is verified detail, without the padding. It starts with Worrells’ death, then goes through the body discoveries, who the woman were (a lot is new), then what happened (Miller’s account is compared to what really happened) and the reasons for it. All as told by the detective that was in charge of the case.

  2. Compelling. Authoritative.

  3. Graphic but empathetic. Good scientific focus on the why.

  4. The book completely changes your view on what happened, especially the role of Miller, the ex gang rapist.

  5. Well compiled and verified account.

    Love books that challenge the established narrative. This one completely overturns the off repeated fable of what happened and makes all previously published accounts redundant.

    Who would have thought of talking to the guy who actually led the investigation. Go figure!

  6. Really really impactful

  7. Saw the Sunday Mail spread, heard the podcast and read the book.

  8. Death Row at Truro’ definitely has ‘all’ the true crime ‘gems’ – the bizarre relationship between Worrel and Miller, a one-sided power relationship, and their serial murder spree over seven weeks all under the nose of police and media. The incredible, you couldn’t write this ending for Worrel, and then we have one man left standing to ‘tell the truth’ when he’s finally caught. Who to believe?

    Plunkett has taken a straightforward approach to the murders, it’s facts not fiction. The reflection of the author and the lead investigator on what ‘went wrong’ is really powerful. In only seven weeks Worrel and Miller murdered seven young women, the last four in only six days … and yet the lack of response when these young, innocent, didn’t do anything wrong, women went missing was not just. There was very little response from the police or the media – their age and sex attributed blame to their actions and as a result meant more young women died. It’s just so sad and so wrong.

    Plunkett gives these women, their story, light. and it’s about time.
    I tried to read another book on the Truro murders (not by this author) and it seemed to be an opportunity for sensationalism, gay sex and a focus on the murder and torture – the grab for sales. I didn’t finish that particular book and in fact I couldnt give it away – I threw it away.

    Death In Truro is exactly what it should be a great true crime book – with some extra care for the victims of the crimes. Well done.

    The last page sticks with me …

    ‘The Advertiser newspaper rightly identified two of the biggest obstacles to the solution of the two-year-old case: public indifference to the killings and the acceptance of the deaths ‘as if they were merely additions to the road toll’, and the fact that the disappearances should have been linked from the beginning.

    The remains found were not just a bunch of bones lying in a remote field, they were seven young women with interests, hopes and dreams.’


  9. Australian True Crime
    Serial Killers at Truro
    Season 1, Ep. 275

    Monday, September 12, 2022
    Geoff Plunkett’s book “Death Row At Truro” investigates the mythology around a case that is often bizarrely overlooking in Australian crime reporting. Geoff joins us today to discuss the seven week serial killing spree committed by Christopher Worrell and James Miller in 1970s Adelaide.

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