Madeleine Pulver

Yesterday at almost the same time two men who had done a bad thing, one very much worse than the other, used almost identical excuses.

Troubles with the wife is hardly an excuse

In Sydney Paul Douglas Peters, the so-called “Collar bomb hoaxer” was sentenced to 13 years in jail for the 10 hours of sheer terror and year of tough recovery he unleashed on 18-year-old schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver in her family home last year.

In Melbourne champion jokey Damien Oliver copped an 8-month ban from racing after he admitted betting $10,000 against his own ride - a cardinal sin of the track.

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  • Pattem says:

    05:54pm | 21/11/12

    @Tubesteak, sure, but then there are at least two types of excuse, neither of which bring about absolution. 1. The reasoned excuse - the explanation behind the motive. 2. The illegitimate excuse - the excuse that tries to shift blame or reduce culpability. Maybe, as a lawyer Tubesteak, you can… Read more »

  • Bear says:

    05:08pm | 21/11/12

    Even you’re a victim Super Dickhead. A ‘victim’ of Labor. Read more »


Actor Johnny Depp is afraid of clowns. He says it’s because their smiles make it impossible to know “if they are happy or if they’re about to bite your face off”.

There is something irredeemably frightening about evil lurking behind a cheerful smile. This cheery rainbow-striped ski mask is creepy even before you know its back story. It’s as creepy as a clown’s face.

It’s not just the empty eyes or the terrifyingly inane smile (and what it hides); it’s the poisonous lure of the bright colours. This is the mask that Paul Douglas Peters was wearing when he broke into the Pulver family home and strapped a fake collar bomb to 18-year-old Maddie’s neck.

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  • Anne71 says:

    12:50pm | 03/08/12

    When it comes to mime artists, I prefer the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork’s approach: Put them in a scorpion pit with a sign on the wall saying “Learn the words”... Read more »

  • Anne71 says:

    12:45pm | 03/08/12

    Can’t sleep. Clown will eat me :( Read more »


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