Bad Breeders

Parenting so bad, it's criminal

Tag: book

Robert Farquharson wishes to be buried with the sons that he murdered

Mum vows to fight dam dad burial wish A summary of the boys’ murders and Farquharson’s arrest and sentence

A few years ago, a horrible crime shocked the nation of Australia. Robert Farquharson, a Victorian idiot, killed his sons on Father’s Day 2005, allegedly to get back at his ex-wife Cindy Gambino. He drove his car, carrying his three sons Jai (10), Bailey (2) and Tyler (7), into a farm dam and left them to drown. When first responders turned up to the scene, he asked a witness for a smoke and made vague directions to stall rescuers for as long as possible to ensure that his sons were well and truly dead. He offered up the lame excuse that he “blacked out during a coughing fit and woke up in the dam”.

Rest in peace, young gentlemen



Now in 2013, Robert Farquharson has made arrangements to be buried with the sons that he killed in a petty act of revenge. His ex-wife, Cindy Gambino is making every attempt to block his intended actions, saying that Farquharson forfeited every right to be near his sons the day he murdered them. Too right, Cindy. The only reason the boys are buried is because Robert Farquharson is a pathetic loser who couldn’t behave like a rational adult. He blamed all of his own problems on Cindy and the boys. Before Cindy and Robert divorced, he was suffering from depression that he refused to get help for. It got so bad that he was snapping at the boys. Cindy had had enough of Robert’s selfish ways and split, taking the boys to where she could provide a loving and stable environment for them. They are dead because their father could not think of people other than himself. He saw his sons as possessions and tools to “get back” at Cindy for a split that was all his fault. And how friggin’ sick must this bastard be to want to be buried next to the children HE killed?!

Robert Farquharson

Robert Farquharson = murderer and coward

Cindy also aims to have the name “Farquharson” removed from the boys’ headstone.

Farquharson grave

Robert Farquharson was sentenced to life in prison in 2010, with a minimum sentence of 33 years, for the murder of his three boys. Cindy Gambino is happily remarried with a child with her new husband, but will never forget her beloved boys. A book “On Father’s Day”, which details the killings and the court case that ensued, written by Megan Norris, is out now.

Is “Smashed” a Tale of Parents Behaving Badly?

smashed_med.gifI bought Smashed by Koren Zailckas earlier this year, when it was shaping up to be the Next Big Thing in the personal memoir book market. I never finished it. I got about 10 pages into it and tossed it aside. The writing had a certain beauty, but also came off as pompous and overwrought. Now, after reading some of the comments on, I wish I’d stuck it out, at least to grok the parental angle. One dissatisfied reader says the book is a classic case of Parents Behaving Badly:

The book bothered me mostly because the parents seemed so unaware and unworried, beginning when their daughter came home hungover at 14, later had to have her stomach pumped and even later triggered a roommate phone call voicing concern over their daughter’s drinking. I wonder how parents could ship this child off to college with a relatively unlimited bar budget. Perhaps Zailckas, who wrote the book at age 23, is not yet in a place to have enough perspective on her life and her upbringing.

The review by BlogCritics seems to confirm that Zailckas’ parents were enablers:

Relive the ’80s and ’90s as Zailckas bluffs her talented, loner way through grade school and high school, her parents concerned but also enabling (to be precise, her mother is shaming, her father indulgent).

In her acknowledgments, she thanks them for sticking with her. But in the book, they treat her abuse by socializing it: When she and a friend get hammered – and discovered – her parents don’t give her the expected lecture; rather, they order her a beer.

Yikes. Sounds like classic PBB material, no?

Bad Breeders © 2017 Frontier Theme