Cliche of the Week 50 – Brutal Murder

June 20, 2011 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

(With thanks to Tony Robertson for this nomination for Cliche of the Week)

Murders are brutal, beatings savage and attacks vicious.

These regulars from the crime reporter’s “send a shiver down the spine” phrase book chronicle the violent side of life.

A beating is by definition hurtful and murder is usually brutal except, perhaps, when it is a mercy killing.

And while some attacks may be more frenzied than others, they usually involve some form of hurt or harm.

“A Winchester man has admitted charges relating to a vicious attack on a Mt Somers pensioner in April.” (Timaru Herald, June 15)

“Boyle was the only member of the group charged from the vicious attack that night.” (Sunshine Coast Daily, June 15)

“The undefeated puncher also refuted McKenzie’s claims the referee brought their first meeting to a premature end, saying his rival was saved from a savage beating.” (Liverpool Echo, June 14)

 “The brutal murder (of reporter Uma Singh) led to nation-wide protests by the FNJ and international expressions of outrage.” (Republica, June 14)

“He had survived a vicious attack by a gang of Sarawakian robbers that cost him four fingers on his left hand.” (The Straits Times, June 13)

“The brutal murder of Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani investigative reporter whose battered body was found in a canal outside Islamabad two weeks ago, remains unsolved.” (The Guardian, June 13)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

(Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008)


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