karen mackenzie

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On 21 February, 1993, the community of Greenough, Australia, awoke to the news that there had been a brutal mass murder which became known as the Greenough Family Massacre. 31-year-old Karen MacKenzie and her three children, 16-year-old Danny, 7-year-old Amara and 5-year-old Katrina were brutally bludgeoned to death with an axe - Karen had also been raped. The perpetrator was William Patrick Mitchell, an old friend of Karen who she had recently turned down when he made advances toward her. He was sentenced to four consecutive terms of life imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 20 years. His parole was denied in 2013.

I wanna be a Pollyanna. I don’t wanna look at the world through rose colored glasses, I WANT the world to be rose colored. I want people to be nice. People SHOULD be nice. Nice should be the norm. I hate it that I can’t trust anyone, I hate it that I can’t put my daughter on the front lawn by herself ! I hate it that I have to lock my car, and that I have to worry about an alarm system in my house, and I can’t send cash in the mail ! That’s not the way it’s supposed to be, Gary ! I liked being a Pollyanna, I WANT to be a Pollyanna !
—  Karen Mackenzie

“I am not a Pollyanna. Not now. Not after what was done to me. And thats why I feel so angry. I want to be a Pollyanna. I dont want to look at the world through rose-colored glasses, I want the world to BE rose-colored! I want people to be nice. People should be nice. Nice should be the norm. I hate it that I cant trust anyone. Thats NOT the way its supposed to be, I liked being a Pollyanna…”- Karen

I want to believe in people too, but alas it’ll never be.