Finally our prayers have been answered
Parents tell inside story of their quest for justice Michelle Obama opens up on miscarriage, IVF It’s Adele of a lifestyle if you’re worth $250m
THE parents of scientist Jeffrey Brooks who died of a gunshot wound at a crayfish farm south of Brisbane say the news of a fresh inquest is the answer to their prayers.
Wendy and Lawrie Brooks say a new inquest will “go a long way towards closure concerning the circumstances of Jeffrey’s death”.
“We are truly elated,” Wendy and Lawrie Brooks told The Sunday Mail.
“All our prayers have been answered. It’s the one thing that we’ve been living for, to be able to do this, just to be able to have a hearing, an honest hearing where the police are called to account.”
In 1998, two years after the death of their son, Wendy and Lawrie Brooks went to thethe Crime and Justice Commission to plead their case. MICHELLE Obama yesterday revealed she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage, and she underwent IVF to conceive her two daughters.
“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” the former First Lady said.
Mrs Obama, 54, married the future president in 1992, but she stressed that their relationship was not always easy as his political career often took him away. And she revealed that they still have marriage counselling “when we need it”.
A driven lawyer and former university administrator, CRIME AND COURTS EDITOR They did not agree that their son’s death had been an accident. They did not believe their meticulous and careful son had shot himself by accident, dragging a loaded gun from a car, barrel first, towards his body.
Instead, police told them they were wrong.
Jeffrey Brooks, a 24-yearold scientist, was found dead Mrs Obama said she was 34 or 35 when she realised the “biological clock is real because egg production is limited”.
She and Mr Obama, 57, “had to do IVF” if they wanted to have a family, she told Good Morning America.
They were trying for a family but it “wasn’t going well” and after a miscarriage she eventually conceived daughters Malia and Sasha, now 20 and 17, through IVF.
Mrs Obama is promoting her forthcoming memoir.
She and her husband have also earned an astonishing $90 million advance for a joint book deal. at the Beenleigh Crayfish Farm on March 13, 1996.
His death came after he told friends and family he thought his life was in danger after he’d confronted others about cash sales at the farm.
Not long after, he was dead, shot in the chest by an old, decrepit farm gun he refused to touch in the past.
More than 20 years on, Wendy and Lawrie Brooks hope the case will finally be examined thoroughly.
Building on their own investigative work, The Sunday Mail interviewed witnesses, conducted re-enactments and ballistics tests, and consulted with a raft of scientific experts.
The paper uncovered enough new evidence that Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath ordered the State Coroner to reopen the inquest into Jeffrey’s death.
The Sunday Mail understands that process is already under way. High-profile criminal lawyer Peter Boyce, who is representing the Brooks family, has been contacted by the Office of the State Coroner. The Queensland Police Service has also been contacted with a request to provide information.
Once that occurs, the coroner’s office has advised that the brief of evidence will be reviewed and “the inquest will be listed”.
“Unless Unless you have been through a similar experi- ence, no one could ever understand the devastating effects of the loss of a muchloved firstborn son and brother, husband, grandson, cousin, nephew and mate, particularly under these circumstances,” the Brooks said.
“We’ve been living under a thunder cloud, with no satisfaction of seeing justice done for our son. At the very least, Jeffrey deserves
justice.” EVEN though she hasn’t released any new music or toured in the past 12 months, Adele’s fortune is reported to have grown by $26 million in that time.
The London-born singer is now said to be worth $250 million – up from $224 million a year ago. Her 121-date tour last year alone added $75 million to her fortune.
Back in 2015, when she released her album 25, she reflected that she was still living the same low-key life she was before making her millions, but she now shopped at the more upmarket Waitrose supermarket rather than Tesco.
“I want to have a real life so I can write records. No one wants to listen to a record from someone that’s lost touch with reality. So I live a low-key life for my fans,” she said.
Yet three years on, it’s clear that she has grown into her status as one of the world’s wealthiest women.
So what does she spend it on? Now living mostly in Los Angeles, she travels by $89 million private jet, favours pricier yellow diamonds rather than boring white ones, and is thought to have a staff that includes a stylist, personal trainer, assistant, and a bodyguard or two.
DEVASTATING LOSS: Lawrie and Wendy Brooks at the place where son Jeffrey (below) died in 1996. Picture: Adam Armstrong