Powerful moment mother of murdered daughter interrupts book launch

‘That’s private, you should have come to me’: Powerful moment mother of murdered daughter interrupts book launch to confront author for revealing her slain daughter’s final words

  • The mother of Brisbane girl who was choked to death has crashed book launch 
  • Book reveals shockingly intimate details about murder victim’s last moments
  • Killer Instinct by Dr Donald Grant looks at the 2010 murder of Bianca Girven
  • Dr Grant interviewed Ms Girven’s killer, who was found to be of unsound mind
  • Now the forensic psychiatrist has used that personal information for his book
  • Ms Girven’s mother has condemned Dr Grant, calling his actions ‘disgusting’ 

The mother of a girl who was strangled to death by her boyfriend bravely confronted an author at the launch of his book after he revealed her daughter’s last words.

Bianca Girven, 22, was throttled to within an inch of her life in an abandoned van at Mt Gravatt on Brisbane’s southside in April 2010, dying in hospital the following day. 

Her killer, Rhys Austin, was found by a court to be of unsound mind and sent to a psychiatric hospital, where he was interviewed by Doctor Donald Grant.

Dr Grant has since published a book titled Killer Instinct, detailing some of his worst crimes. In the book, he reveals some of young Bianca’s last intimate moments alive. 

In powerful footage obtained by Nine News, Bianca’s mother Sonia Anderson is filmed confronting the psychiatrist-turned-author about his ‘disgusting’ book.  

The mother of a Brisbane girl who was choked to death has crashed the launch of a book revealing details about the case to vent her anger at the author

”To make money, to line your pockets on my daughter’s murder,’ Ms Anderson shouts, pointing her finger at Dr Grant.

‘That’s private, you should have come to me, you should have contacted me and told me what had happened, she continues, fighting off tears.

‘I read in your book that my daughter wanted to say goodbye to her son and I didn’t know that until you wrote it.’

‘You didn’t tell me what my daughter’s dying words were!’ 

Ms Anderson’s powerful words sparked outrage within the audience,  with a majority of those sitting getting up and leaving. 

A shocked Dr Grant avoided follow up questions from the media. 

Bianca Girven (pictured) was throttled to within an inch of her life in an abandoned van at Mt Gravatt on Brisbane’s southside in April 2010, dying in hospital the following day

 He called a press conference the next day where he said families should have access to official case reports, and has since stated he would donate some of the profits to victim’s families. 

Queensland Health is looking into the matter saying on the surface the book appears to betray the victims and their families. 

The book ‘Killer Instinct’ examines ten true crime cases of the past.

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Among among them, in shocking detail, is the murder of Bianca Girven.

For those close to Ms Girven, the publication offers chillingly intimate revelations about the young mother-of-one’s final moments.  

Bianca’s mother, Sonia Anderson, previously said that reading the book was the first time she discovered her daughter’s final words.

Now, the forensic psychiatrist who interviewed her killer has included the shockingly intimate details of the young woman’s death in his new book

Ms Girven’s killer, then-boyfriend Rhys Austin (pictured), was found by a court to be of unsound mind and subsequently sent to a psychiatric hospital, where he was interviewed by Dr Grant

‘I knew she had been strangled to death, I knew it took 10 minutes but I never knew the last words,’ Ms Anderson told 9 News.

‘Bianca wanted to say goodbye to her son…and that he [the killer] replied ‘no, he will know’.’

Ms Anderson has blasted the author’s use of such personal information, calling it ‘one of the most amazing, disgusting unethical things I can imagine’ and accusing Dr Grant of ‘living off the misery of others’.

Now she’s fighting to have the book taken off the shelves.

Queensland Health said it is making ‘appropriate inquiries’, while it is understood that an investigation is currently underway to see whether any patient confidentially might have been breached by the book’s publication. 

Ms Girven’s mother, Sonia Anderson (pictured), said that reading the book was the first time she discovered her daughter’s final words

Ms Anderson has called the use of such personal information ‘one of the most disgusting unethical things I can imagine’ and accused Dr Grant (pictured) of ‘living off the misery of others’

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