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Hair straightener link to Susan Worrall murder

By Gemma Jones

October 13, 2008 12:01am

Article from: The Daily Telegraph

ACCUSED murderer Kathleen Worrall had fought with her sister Susan over a hair straightener before she allegedly stabbed the 18 year old to death in Sydney.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal that police have been told there was a dispute over the straightener before Susan was killed in the family’s Strathfield home on Friday afternoon.

Friends of Kathleen, 20, who is in custody charged with her sister’s murder, said she was extremely close to Susan but had recently lost her job and was struggling at university.

Friend Sarah Allender said Kathleen was the victim of bullies and had felt as though she lived in Susan’s shadow.

“Her entire (life) Kathleen was bullied about being obese and later lost weight at the gym,” Ms Allender said.

“Her sister was considered to be the perfect one and that often upset (her) that she was always getting the attention.”

Susan was found dead from a knife wound to the neck after her sister allegedly called their mother Maureen and told her of the stabbing.

Police recovered a knife from the home.

Police sources said it was unclear if the fight over the hair straightener had directly led to the stabbing or even if it happened on the day she died.

Ms Allender said Kathleen was obsessed with gym work outs, often training six hours a day, before abruptly leaving her gym a few months ago.

Sarah’s sister Rebecca said Kathleen was “close to her sister” but was having trouble at university and had lost a job.

Susan, a popular student at Sydney’s Methodist Ladies College, Burwood was about to start her final exams. Her death has devastated the family’s friends.

The court was told Kathleen had been under watch in custody since Saturday after fears she may harm herself. Parramatta Local Court was also told she required medication, with speculation she suffered from a hormonal disorder.

She is due to face Burwood Local Court again by video link on Wednesday.


Woah, right? I first heard this story on Monday morning when they had already made the link between the quarrel over the hair straightener and the alleged murder. After a perplexed WTF mate? I thought, dude, that could so easily be my sister and I. Last night she brought up the subject and agreed with my sentiment. My sister and I are pretty tight for siblings, but we fight over stupid things. And I think as a legacy from the Nierras side of our family, we have hot tempers and petty arguments often escalate into screaming rampages and door slamming. Instead of fighting over the hair straightener, we fight over clothes and while the most physical damage we’ve ever inflicted on each other was slaps and pinches, it’s scary to think how our anger can blind us.

Kathleen Worrall was obviously going through a rough patch in her life, so maybe she took out all her pent up anger on her little sister. Maybe she saw this as the last straw and saw there was nothing left that was good in her life.

While I don’t want to trivialize this, a comparison can be made to a Friends episode “The One with Ross’ Sandwich”, where Ross’ second marriage has broken down before it ever really started and he was evicted from his apartment- “That sandwich was the only good thing going on in my life! Someone ate the only good thing going on in my life!” After finding out it was his boss that ate it, his stifled anger exploded over this seemingly trivial incident.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this, so, moral of the story, manage your anger and emotion. Firstly, don’t suppress emotion because it will inevitably be exposed and be a much bigger deal than it was in the first place. Secondly, don’t make mountains out of molehills. There’s a fine line between repression and “not making a things big deal” and I guess you just have to find the balance between both.

Le Fin.


Written by Candice

October 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Posted in Think.

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  1. HAHAHA slaps and pinches? you make it sound so painless for me!!!!

    love the blog hahahaha funny convo in the car man 😀



    October 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm

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