In order for me to be born, a stranger had to die. Now my quest to uncover the truth.
Six-part podcast series My Father the Murderer follows journalist Nina Young’s quest to uncover the truth about how she came to be.
Just how much of the story of “how you came to be” makes up who you are today? This is a question Nina has often pondered, because she 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 ’80s. 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 oWn research online in her 20s.