By Helen Cummings
In 1970, Helen Cummings married Dr. Stuart Wynter. This used to be the start of a hellish life of spiralling abuse. Helen escaped, yet Dr. Wynter remarried and his new kinfolk couldn't.
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One memorable sunny Saturday, we chartered a bus, took our guitars, put flowers in our hair and headed to Sydney to sing songs at the Wayside Chapel and go to a concert by Peter, Paul and Mary in the evening. I came away yearning to be tall, blonde and beautiful and sing like Mary Travers. Much to my sadness, Mary died while I was writing this story. One night, a handsome boy came into the folk club with some friends. His name was Greg, and he had huge brown eyes, jet-black curly hair and the best clothes in town.
Juanita Neilson, an environmental activist who was the editor of a local independent newspaper, fought to save the older buildings of Kings Cross from demolition. She disappeared, presumed murdered, during this ugly era, and her body was never found. Stuart came to the farewell party. We all feasted and laughed and kissed goodbye and then Stuart and I caught a taxi to the wharf to meet up with Sally and Allanah for the beginning of our overseas adventure. He accompanied me on board, and moments before departure he kissed me and gave me a present.
I swore a lot as a kid, though my father and mother never did. When I was very young, Grandma Plumbe told me that my great-great-grandmother had encountered a leprechaun back in Ireland. She understood that she had to outstare him to win his pot of gold, but the leprechaun tricked her. ’ he said. She foolishly looked around and the leprechaun vanished. I often dreamed about the lost pot of gold and all that we could never have because she looked away. ‘Bloody Grandma,’ I’d mutter under my breath.
Blood Vows. A Haunting Memoir of Marriage and Murder by Helen Cummings