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What was it like to be Mrs ‘Chopper’ Read?

How did Joe Korp persuade his girlfriend to try to kill his wife?

And why did a young hairdresser fall for a Melbourne gangland killer?

Rochelle Jackson interviews eight women about their relationships with some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most notorious men in her latest book, Partners and Crime (Allen & Unwin.)

Partners and Crime is Rochelle’s third true crime book and published in March 2012. Inside their Minds: Australian Criminals (Allen & Unwin) was released in August 2008 and her first book, In Your Face – the life and times of Billy ‘The Texan’ Longley (ABC Books) was published in 2005.

Rochelle grew up in Melbourne in a police family. Her father William was a policeman in Victoria Police and retired as a Chief Superintendent. She began her career in country Victoria and Sydney working in television and radio. Rochelle worked as a TV producer and investigative journalist for Channel 7's Today Tonight, ABC’s Australian Story, George Negus’s New Dimensions, The Investigators, Channel 9’s Watchdog and TV NZ’s 60 Minutes.

She produced a one-hour documentary for ABC TV 50 Years of News & Current Affairs in Victoria in 2006. She has also produced a four-part series about bush fire arson for ABC’s Radio National early in that year.New release: Partners & Crime

Rochelle won a Special Citation for a Channel 7 story in the United Nations Association of Australia’s Media Peace Awards and was part of the ABC Investigators team that won a TV Week Logie Award for a special report on the NSW Homefund Scheme. She also worked for the NSW Police Service, producing internal TV bulletins and promotional videos.

Rochelle is currently a freelance journalist based in Melbourne.


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