Recipe for Murder (film)

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Recipe for Murder is a 52-minute Australian TV docudrama film released in May 2011. It recounts some of the history of a series of murders in post-World War II Sydney by women using thallium sulphate poisons. It was written and directed by Sonia Bible, produced by Susan Lambert and narrated by Dan Wyllie.


The crimes of three murderesses, Yvonne Fletcher, Caroline Grills and Veronica Monty are examined in the context of a wave of dozens of thallium poisonings that took place in Sydney in the period 1947-1953. The events are related to post-war poverty and social stresses, and to the ready availability of thallium sulphate rodenticides (rat poisons) which could be easily administered to humans in food and drink, being virtually tasteless and odourless. The three were convicted and imprisoned, but the documentary suggests that many more murders by other persons could have remained undetected. As a result of these events, the Australian states began to ban unrestricted availability of thallium in 1952.[1]



The film won a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and screened to a large audience on the ABC in 2011.[2] Writer/director Sonia Bible was also awarded a NSW Premier's History Award for 2011.[3]


  1. ^ Two States to cut sale of deadly rat poison Brisbane Courier Mail 2 December 1952, at Trove. Retrieved 28 April 2012
  2. ^ Sonia Bible – Writer, Director (with 90-second clip) at Black Jelly Films. Retrieved 29 April 2012
  3. ^ 2011 NSW Premier’s History Award winners announced at NSW Government Trade & Investment Arts

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