- File Size: 136 KB
- Print Length: 22 pages
- Publisher: e-penguin (August 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008XSU0Q0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Element of Need: Penguin Specials Kindle Edition
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It was on the 2016 anniversary of this unsolved Beaumont crime that I was referred to James Bradley’s ‘brief book’ and exploration of growing up in Adelaide, growing up in the psychic capsule of these brutal mysteries and crimes. The book expresses my haunting perfectly.
Bradley’s book takes the reader through the consciousness of a city. In this sense Adelaide could be any city that has to come to terms with its mixed identities; its assertion and displays of ‘respectability’, and also its underbelly, the precincts where people search for sex and violence and perform unspeakable crimes on children.
What makes the book unique is not the exploration of the crimes and serial murders all of which are now well documented and detailed by numerous sources. Rather, it is the juxtaposition of the parochial Adelaide psyche with the forces of adolescent desire and the liminal zones that arise for the most cruel and sadistic criminal activity in recent history.
When I was a child the local weather reporters referred to Adelaide as the “settled areas”. Adelaide is situated in a valley between a peninsula and hills and ranges, on the most southern end of Australia. It has a tiny population of about 1.3 million people. It is unique in Australian colonial history in that it avoided convict settlement. It boasts an innovative biennial, world leading, Arts Festival.
But for many it is experienced as a backwater, a place of a “carefully planned grid of streets uninhabited” (Bradley p1.), a place for “disrupted, disconnected years” and “restless movement” (Bradley p1.)
“I suspect every adolescent knows this feeling, this need for motion, the restless search for something ill defined. Sex, or desire, is part of it. But its not just about sex, its about the need for something to happen, something large enough, powerful enough to answer the need within” (Bradley, p2.)
As Bradley describes in his memoir, you most often have a brush with cruelty and danger in this adolescent, anticipatory void. If you are unfortunate, you meet up with the predatory and criminal citizens, no further away than 6 degrees of separation from your kin and kind, who by chance, target you for unspeakable, horrific sexual torture and murder.