In order for me to be born, a stranger had to die. Now my quest to uncover the truth.
Just how much of the story of ‘how you came to be’ makes up who you are today? This is a question Nina Young has often pondered, because Nina might not be here today if a woman hadn’t lost her life late one night in the bush in 1977.
Nina’s mum met her father in prison in the early 80’s. She was a tutor; he was there serving life for the murder of a woman who he had strangled to death.
Nina’s mum didn’t know the extent of his crimes when she fell in love with him, by the time she did, she was in too deep. She fell pregnant with Nina just after his release from jail; she had to flee from him in the night before Nina turned two due to abuse. She had to wrestle Nina out of his arms. To this day Nina still thinks about what would have happened that night if she hadn’t succeeded.
Nina grew up knowing that her father was a bad person who had been in jail for a violent crime, but she didn’t discover the extent of the crime until she did her on research online in her 20’s.
In this whimn.com.au podcast series, Nina explores all the elements that come together to make up a person’s story.
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Ep 1: Seeking Answers
Nina grew up knowing her biological dad was a ‘bad man’. She knew her mum met him in prison, but didn’t ask many questions. That changed, when she uncovered the horrible truth about how he ended up in jail.
Ep 2: Imperfect Love
Love isn’t always written in the stars. When it is, it isn’t always good for you. What does it feel like to discover that the man you love has committed a brutal murder?
Ep 3: The Reality of Heathcliff
What started as a forbidden romance within the walls of Fremantle Prison became a razor’s edge of danger once Nina’s father was paroled. Things got very violent, very fast.
Ep 4: Childhood Disturbed
What would life have been like if Nina had grown up with her father? One person knows all too well – because it’s a life he lived. One that Nina escaped but her brother did not.
Ep 5, Pt 1: Back To The Beginning
In a quest to find out more about her father’s crime, Nina travels to Norseman, a remote outback town that bears the scars of a troubled past. Here she retraces the steps her father took more than 40 years ago.
Ep 5, Pt 2: Those Left Behind
After walking in the footsteps of an outsider and chasing ghosts, it’s time to really see the damage left behind. Nina has a final message for her father.