Absent of any facts, speculation rages in the Aussie meeja about the motive for the gruesome murder of Heidi Murphy in Bali. The current odds-on theory is a revenge attack for not paying workers’ wages. If it’s true, it puts the debate on industrial relations laws in this country into sharp relief.
Always striving to out-tabloid the tabloids, the Sydney Morning Herald‘s reporter “discovered” a journal of love poems at the crime scene, which the police confiscated. But not before the Herald‘s man in Bali managed to jot down a few lines, and then saw fit to publish them.
Stripped naked I am here waiting for you and my eyes can only see you. It’s like we’ve met 1000 times before.
Had it been published in the Sydney Goth Herald, no doubt this poem would have been reported as the author foretelling her own death. But of course with the SMH it’s always about sex.
One has to wonder, of course, about the Bali police allowing a Herald journo to poke around the crime scene. And the ethics of publishing this prurient detail of the dead woman’s private life. And the tenuousness of claiming this poetry as evidence to a crime of passion.
I mean, sure it’s shit poetry, but it’s not that bad.