I felt an overwhelming sadness looking at the beautiful face of Sarah Cafferkey. Bearing an uncanny resemblance, in its light, beauty and openness, to the other young Melbourne woman, Jill Meagher, who also lost her life as a result of a senseless and thuggish attack. Can anybody tell me why?
Sarah Cafferkey was all of 22 years of age. She’ll never even know how it feels to celebrate her 30th birthday. As her mother, Noelle Dickson said in a statement this morning.
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The tragic and horrific rape and murder of Jill Meagher as she made the short walk to her Brunswick home, stirred up an unprecedented, emotional gut reaction in many of us. Some of us felt angry, others felt sadness, shock, bewilderment.
Many of us also felt fear. Fear as we watched our worst nightmare, the stuff of Wednesday night crime shows, became a reality for a woman we didn’t know, but felt a deep, unexpected empathy for. Empathy spurred by the knowledge that it could have been any one of us. Jill was simply the unlucky one that night.
She wasn’t doing anything extraordinary. She’d attended a work function, had a few drinks and was walking home. It was during that short, five-minute journey that Jill became the innocent victim of an opportunistic predator.
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Jill Meagher’s brutal death was seismic; it jolted us into grief and helplessness. Psychologists compared the outpouring of sadness over the Melbourne woman’s murder to that which followed Princess Diana’s death, when millions who’d never met her mourned her as a loved one.
Because Ms Meagher’s death appeared to be so random, it felt as though it could have been anyone, and we scrabbled for answers. One of the answers we found was surveillance; more CCTV cameras. Her mother called for them, and others joined the cry; Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu pledged $3 million for councils to put more cameras in.
What people seem to be missing here is that this crime was shocking at least partly because it was so unusual. The stranger, generally, is not the danger.
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Most of us didn’t know Jill Meagher; now we never will. Her story and its tragic ending have stunned the whole country.
As Lucy wrote, it’s the uncomfortable thought that this could have happened to anyone that somehow makes this more personal.
Police found her body early this morning, and a man has been charged with her rape and murder. All the details are here, at news.com.au.
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A surprisingly honest tarot reader at ‘Psychic Tarot Insights’ has tried to locate Jill Meagher.
Here’s the surprisingly honest (if understated) bit:
“Tarot is not considered 100 per cent accurate by law and I cannot claim to solve issues only show what I have in the cards.”
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One of the most uncomfortable things about the known details of Jill Meagher’s shocking disappearance is that this is a situation that could happen to anyone.
At 29, Jill Meagher is just like thousands of other young sisters, daughters, friends and acquaintances, heading out for Friday work drinks.
How many times have you heard someone confess after a night out that they “probably shouldn’t have walked that way home.”
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