Freudian Slips: Natasha Ryan, the Necromancer

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Life takes us many places. It's a box of chocolates and a Hansel and Gretal trail of candy wrappers. I have filmed as an actor in The Happening, Invincible, The Lovely Bones, The Bounty Hunter, The Greek American, Bazookas, Limitless, TV's Its Always Sunny in Philly, Outlaw, New York, The Warrior, The Nail, Game Change, Cold Case, & commercial work includes The Philadelphia Eagles, Septa, Coors, Turbo Tax & Carnival Cruises. Freudian Slips spotlights irony in short story format.

October 04, 2005

Natasha Ryan, the Necromancer

In 1999, fourteen year old Natasha Ryan disappeared from her home in Rockhampton in the state of Queensland, Australia. The worst was feared since a serial killer had been terrorizing the area. Blood of a nine year old missing girl was later found in the car of Leonard John Fraser, 51, who was eventually charged and convicted of her rape and murder. More horrifically, other blood was discovered in Fraser’s car but to make a solid case against him for other murders, including Natasha’s, a confession and corpses are sought.
A jailed con man enters the picture who decides to make it his mission to break the case by getting Fraser to confess to where the bodies are. The two are purposely holed up together. Chameleon-like, the con man builds a rapport and Fraser buys into the bravado. After detectives secretly taped his confession in prison with the help of the con man who befriended him, Fraser was charged in four other murders. On the tape, Fraser confessed to killing not only Natasha Ryan but three other Australian women. Fraser leads police to a crime scene where human remains are discovered in grisly fashion.
During the murder trial, Natasha magically appears like a necromancer altering future events. Incredibly, it is learned that Natasha is alive and well. Fraser had either killed too many people to remember all their names or bravado consumed him. Natasha is found in hiding and Fraser has absolutely nothing to do with her disappearance. As an emancipated eighteen year old adult, Natasha admits to staging her disappearance four years earlier to go live with an older man working as a milkman, the one time boyfriend of her older sister. She went into hiding fearing her parent’s disapproval of her illicit relationship. Necromancing.
Innumerable dollars for search and rescue personnel, the time of countless volunteers, the banding together of a community on a united front, and incalculable resources all were spent looking for poor Natasha. She lived in a silent retreat all squirreled away less than a mile from her home. So convinced that she was killed by the confessing Fraser, her parents held a teary-eyed funeral. Natasha chose not to go. The parents endured years of needless anguish thinking some meat cleaver of a serial killer sliced and diced their daughter. Natasha did not let them think otherwise. In fact, while Natasha rarely left the house she followed her celebrated case in the newspaper. As the media wildly followed the case on television it was Natasha who watched the programming.
After a tip off, the authorities raided the boyfriend’s house and found Natasha holed up in a breakaway closet, a place she willingly hid whenever someone entered her boyfriend’s home. During a break in the trial of her alleged murderer, Nastasha was encouraged to telephone her father. To the shock of her grieving parents, they both learned that Natasha was not only alive but alive and well. Eventually, she showed up in court where her paramour was set to perjure himself with testimony that he had not seen Natasha since 1998 despite co-habitating with her. The tables turn and the milkman now finds himself in hot water. Because the milkman bottled up sensitive information he faces obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, Natasha is a witness for the Defense and the very man accused of killing her by his own admission. Now that she is back from the dead, the Prosecutor for her own murder asks Natasha on the stand if she has indeed been murdered. In a bizarre twist, she affirms her identity, her life, and denies ever being murdered. One murder charge against the accused is dropped.
The reunion with her distraught parents proved emotional but hollow. Reportedly, Natasha shares a strained relationship with her mother and remains estranged from her father. I wonder if the parents thought more kindly of their daughter when she was presumed murdered. This may be the rare instance in which thinking your daughter has been murdered may not be the worst case scenario. Natasha’s dramatic return from the dead has made headlines internationally with media outlets around the world bidding for her celebrated story. Natasha now seeks a king's ransom for her story. Natasha’s silence is all I need to know about her. Let’s leave her alone. Tight-lipped Natasha always preferred it that way. Just ask her grieving parents.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What could have possessed her? Not the running off with the milkman, but the decision to stay hidden? What…a….”Mess,” does anyone know her IQ? She sounds like the poster child for idiots and the milkman seems like a close second.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

don't sweat it. No sense crying over spilled milkman.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Wow. That is one deranged chick. God willing she won't be bringing any children into this world.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

Sorry to disappoint you. She just had her first child. I am not sure if the milkman is the father but the milkman always garners the blame.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Lost said...

Geez you gotta feel for her parents. They've had years now to turn their little girl into a sainted memory and all of sudden she's back - knocked up and living la vida loca with a perv down the road.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

they probably feel as bottled up as the milk that the milkman delivered.

4:25 PM  
Blogger lilly05 said...

That is a terible thing to do to your family. I would be at once overjoyed to see my daughter alive and well and also want to choke the life out of her for causing that much grief and fear! And now she's a Mother?? I certainly hope that she never lives to see her child pull a fast one like this.

4:29 AM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

that would be the motherload of cruelties.

11:51 AM  
Blogger lin said...

There is a lot more to this story. Natasha was a part time student in my high school English class when she started running away from home & hiding. Why does a child run away from home & hide & then keep doing that? There was some discussion in class & around the school & community about this. Who or what was frightening her that she should go & hide out in the local sound shell on the edge of town at that time? The word even then was that 'her sister's boyfriend' found out where she was & brought her food & drink. Speculation was at the time that she was afraid of someone & it certainly wasn't Black who she has now married. It could have been Frazer who was charged with her murder. The police put her name on the charge sheet. He did rape & kill other women & Natasha was missing presumed dead. It could have been that someone else was putting the hard word on her & she was scared. That she was hiding & not one of Frazer's corpses may been obscuring something else that was going on. A new police station has been built close to where Frazer raped & strangled Kiera the 9 year old girl right across the road from the high school. Last time I saw Natasha she was on the checkout & she gave her old teacher a beaming smile.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

Thanks for your great postscript to this story and the inside information you shared. I am not a reporter but I think I did a decent job presenting this case with all its complexities. I am, however, a social worker by vocation and do agree with you here..maybe there is more to this story and why Natasha would run away and prefer being presumed dead.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MM. see my blog for more news on
Natasha. She married Mr Black & they now have 2 Children. I have seen her in Rockhampton, first before the wedding out in front of North Side Plaza, then a few months later with her husband, in their new car...

1:06 AM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

Spouse who hid here and two children...well that is a mother of a cupboard.....for sure.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lady is a classic Narcissistic Personality Disorder,

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

Narcissistic personality disorder is one of several types of personality disorders. Personality disorders are conditions in which people have traits that cause them to feel and behave in socially distressing ways, limiting their ability to function in relationships and in other areas of their life, such as work or school.

Narcissistic personality disorder treatment is centered around psychotherapy.

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, which is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

Believing that you're better than others
Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
Exaggerating your achievements or talents
Expecting constant praise and admiration
Believing that you're special and acting accordingly
Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings
Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
Taking advantage of others
Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
Being jealous of others
Believing that others are jealous of you
Trouble keeping healthy relationships
Setting unrealistic goals
Being easily hurt and rejected
Having a fragile self-esteem
Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional
Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it's not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don't value themselves more than they value others.

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don't receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may insist on having "the best" of everything — the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.

But underneath all this behavior often lies a fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

Risk factors for narcissistic personality disorder may include:

Parental disdain for fears and needs expressed during childhood
Lack of affection and praise during childhood
Neglect and emotional abuse in childhood
Excessive praise and overindulgence
Unpredictable or unreliable caregiving from parents
Learning manipulative behaviors from parents


1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In an article I read about this case, they had an interview with Natasha Ryan and asked her why she ran away, and this was her quote

"I know why I left. I'm not sure my mum and my sister completely know all the reasons.

"I'm not sure it would make any difference saying why I left - I feel whatever I say wouldn't be good enough for the pain I've caused my family."

The article then went on to say that she was completely estranged from her father, but had a semi relationship with her mother and sister.
From the very beginning of learning about this case I have to say,I felt everything pointed to this young woman being sexually molested by her father. She has been reclusive outside of selling her wedding photo rights to cover expenses inspite of being pursued and bribed to exploit her fame more. Her ability to not socialize and be completely isolated for five years points to PTSD. I'm shocked no one has picked up on very obvious signs of trauma in this young woman. There is more than enough evidence outside of what I even mentioned in a short comment to support this theory. It's truly sad no one can see this. I know it's hard to report abuse from ones own family, and hard to even see yourself as a victim. Often times our choices to protect our family from their own heinous actions by not reporting them can result in even more harm, but comes from a very distorted sense of loyalty and love. It was fight or flight and she chose flight.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It’s so obviously her father it isn’t even funny. They are still estranged and she once said she would never publicly say why she ran away and that her sister and mother probably don’t know why.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comments that it is quite obvious that she has suffered some form of abuse from within her family,its a shame the police at the time did not look in to this further, although if she didn't want to discuss it or report the situation, I suppose there is not much that can be done.
I am glad her and her husband are now happy and settled.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She does not have narcissistic personality disorder, she has what appears to be high anxiety and probably social anxiety. Duh! How did all the people not notice that? Why did you leave "I don't know" .

1:13 PM  

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