This is the latest book from Australia’s true crime queen. Megan Norris has written a gripping account of Melbourne businessman Chris Soteriou’s life with wife Vicky…and his almost death.
In 2010 as he left his surprise 44th birthday, organised by the sexy, seemingly devoted Vicky, Chris was attacked by a man called Ari Dimitrakis…Vicky’s lover.
Chris was walking arm in arm with Vicky when Dimitrakis stabbed him and slashed his throat.
Vicky, Chris’s wife of 18 years, was manipulative and conniving. She promised Chris she “loved him to death” yet organised for him to die. At the surprise party she fawned all over him while her lover lay in wait to kill Soteriou. At her trial her defence claimed she was suffering from post-natal depression, yet it wasn’t the first time she had tried to have Chris killed, nor was she the model of fidelity to her husband, whom she had three children.
Norris, a veteran courts and crime journalist and freelancer, goes way beyond what is reported in the news and tracks down new information on this most sensational case.
Soteriou survived to tell his tale and Norris has produced a fascinating, chilling story of an evil woman and misguided love.
Last year Norris released On Father’s Day, which is the devastating account of the murders of three little boys by their father Robert Farquharson.
But Farquharson’s crime is the most extreme, and little understood, example of family violence – the murder of children to punish the mother. It took seven years, two trials and three appeal hearings (Robert Farquharson was jailed for a minimum of 33 years) for this story to finally be heard and it contains details never before revealed in the trials or media coverage. Norris worked with Cindy Gambino, the boys’ mother, to tell this definitive account of one of the most notorious crimes in Australia.
Love You to Death is published by The Five Mile Press and available online and in bookstores from today.