My Mother, a Serial Killer - Hazel Baron

My Mother, a Serial Killer

Author: Hazel Baron

  • Publication Date: 2018-04-01
  • Category: True Crime
4 Score: 4
(From 414 Ratings)


A gripping and shocking story of a serial killer mother, and the brave daughter who brought her to justice.

Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind

and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea.

That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her.

Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves - one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron - in one of the most infamous periods of the state's history. She would have got away with it all had it not been for Hazel.

Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.


  • Interesting story, but so terribly written.

    By Nikkifayy
    It took me an agonizing year to read this book. I read through most books in a day or two. This one, could not keep my focus for anything. The writing was all over the place. So unfortunate.
  • Good story, poorly written

    By BeaMill
    This book was good, in theory, but poorly executed. The author’s writing was hard to get through at times, and didn’t flow nicely. I wish another author would have helped Hazel write her story!
  • A compelling read

    By GaryQuin
    I’m amazed that people can retain their humanity and compassion after being exposed to evil.
  • My Mother, A serial killer

    By jlms84
    Good book for 1.99. Loved the history of the era in Australia. Had to push thru the last 40 pages but again, happy with fair priced books on iBooks
  • Good read!

    By denvcor
    Very well researched book with much more than just the basic facts of the crime, but also the criminals life after jail and the effect on her family members. I’m a Ann Rule fan and this was even better.
  • Amazing

    By ToddBootz
    I loved this book. Hazel’s story is so sad to read, but she handled everything with a power that most people will never have.
  • Greatly Enjoyed!!

    By Momma2grls
    You never know what you are going to get with bargain books, but with a long trip ahead of me to a family Christmas and my new resolution to give up Facebook for 2019, I found this book and was interested from the summary. This is a very well written book. You almost feel like you are watching with your own eyes what Hazel and her siblings were going through. You feel her anxiety when she decides to tell her secrets and the relief when her mother is sentenced. I read this book, start to finish, in two days and I’m almost sad I finished it so quickly. I very much recommended this book to anyone who enjoys true-crime stories, you will not be disappointed.
  • Excellent read

    By phoenixwater
    Very absorbing; interesting; can’t put down;
  • My Mother, A Serial Killer

    By sometimers3
    It really troubles me that Drucy and Harry didn’t get longer sentences. Especially amazing that she wasn’t sentenced to life without parole. Hazel is one strong lady.