In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

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Renée Otmar
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'Ndizisa ipasela' ('I have a delivery'). With these innocuous words, four men entered a home in suburban Cape Town on the morning of 15 June 2005. Within minutes, Jordan Leigh Norton, the six-month-old daughter of Natasha Norton, had been murdered. As the weeks went by, a shocking story began to emerge: Jordan had been slain by killers hired by Dina Rodrigues, the lover of Natasha's former boyfriend (and Jordan's father). The callous murder - thought to be the world's first contract killing of a child - was the start of a horrific ordeal for the Norton family, and culminated in one of South Africa's most sensational murder trials. In cold blood goes behind the tabloid headlines to tell the story of the Norton family. This is the story of a child whose short life touched all around her; of a young and vulnerable mother trying to make a life for her child; the close-knit family that rallied around her; and the marathon murder trial that captured the world's attention. Shocked by the senseless murder, the family struggled to come to terms with the loss of Jordan, the scarcely credible story of the conspiracy and the media storm that erupted around the case. Led by Vernon Norton, Natasha's father, the family was sustained by the support of the community and by an abiding faith that justice would prevail. In Cold Blood is a dramatic personal story, but also draws attention to the ongoing problem of violence against children in South Africa.