Opinion: This is a purely psychological analysis, based on a concept of what an educated and adjusted person in our society would do when faced with an allegedly false accusation of such grand scale as that which faced David Bain. That is, to write a book. Lindy Chamberlain, whom most people now consider is innocent, did this. She wrote a book. Amanda Knox who is about to face a retrial in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher has written a book. A book is an ideal way to purge emotions that relate to a traumatic event and also to promote your side of the story.
David Bain was at university studying classics and drama the year of the murders. One would have to assume that he would be able to write a reasonably articulate autobiography, yet, the only writing done about him was by the hand of someone who never saw the inside of a university and none of those books are autobiographical.
Paul Holmes, when reviewing Trial by Ambush was disappointed that the book did not reveal more about David Bain and his experiences and feelings. Imagine that you came home after a paper run and found your family members all dead. After thorough investigation it is found that your father did it and that he had, unknowingly to you, abused your youngest sister for years and held secret resentments against your mother. You are 23 years of age and your family means everything to you. There are a bunch of emotions that most people go through following a traumatic event. Here are some:
- Disbelief - victim often initially cannot believe that the event has happened
- Anger - victim is angry and wants to fight back somehow
- Grief - victim accepts loss but it hurts
- Guilt - victim blames self and wonders if there was something that could have been done to avoid it
- Loss / depression - victim experiences physiological symptoms of depression
- Adjustment - victim finds ways to adjust to new circumstances
- Coping - victim eventually copes
In the emotional events described above lies a rich trove of literary material that when properly articulated would make for a very good read and provide the audience with a very good understanding of David's circumstances, and more importantly his innocence, if that is the case. For instance David could berate his father: "Look I understand why you killed Mum and maybe Laniet, but why Arawa and Stephen? What did they do wrong? They were just as deserving as me? I don't understand!"
A young man studying classics and drama at University should have the skills within himself to write a very good book describing the experience of being an innocent victim of a horrific crime. Classics and Drama graduates often become English teachers or authors. While in prison, David studied engineering and that is now his current occupation. He is not a consulting engineer but a tradesperson. There was plenty of opportunity for him to finish a degree while in prison but he chose a trade instead.
David Bain, despite being a classics and drama student when he was arrested, has not written an autobiography. This lack of personal testimony indicates either that David Bain is not able to articulate his feelings or that the feelings he did experience do not relate to the loss of his family but to his sudden and unexpected incarceration. Certainly, in his speech in 2012 at the Perth conference he had more to say about being thrown in jail than he did about losing his family.
If David was truly innocent, then it would have been a doddle for him to have personally testified in the retrial and it would have been a sensible move for him to write an autobiography laying his feelings bare. Neither happened. David Bain is guilty. (This statement made with support of the mountain of circumstantial evidence against him as well).