Flashback to April 2009 and this front page story on a fatal accident.
Flashback to April 2009 and this front page story on a fatal accident.

NewsMail dramas an online hit

HORROR road deaths, deviant sex acts, a Somalian hostage saga and an internet company going bust are all big turn-ons for online readers of the NewsMail.

The results of 2009’s mos- viewed stories from www.news-mail.com.au are out, and are proof the online audience loves a bit of conflict and the human tragedy of local life.

Web watchers in their thousands read about the horrific head-on, triple-fatal smash near Gin Gin that appeared on the front of the April 30 edition.

It attracted 3665 hits and ended the year more than 600 views clear of the site’s second-place offering, the October 21 story about a woman who claimed she was groomed by a sexual predator to commit sex acts in front of her children.

The online audience’s third choice, at almost 900 views more than the next best, was the January 8 story about Buzz Broadband going bust.

The emotion-charged front page of July 25 featuring now-freed hostage Nigel Brennan and headed “Nigel wanted his photos of Somalia to change the world”, came in fourth.

Rounding off the top five was the September 8, front-page story about a man who threatened to sell sexually-explicit photos of his ex-girlfriend on eBay. The photos showed the man engaged in sex acts with the woman.

This was followed by the November 25 front-page story about the conflict between council and the owners of an Oakwood home deemed a public health risk. The dwelling was labelled “vermin infested”, but its owners were outraged their belongings were removed without consent.

Coming in at number seven was another road tragedy. The November 3 front page carried the headline “Horror road toll: 4 days, 3 deaths”, after 31-year-old Isis mum Emma Gibbin was killed when her car rolled near Apple Tree Creek.

Number eight was the story about Bundy real estate agent, Ben Gough. It appeared on page 3 of the September 23 edition and followed allegations about Mr Gough’s dealings on a Thabeban property.

The ninth-favourite for NewsMail web users was the November 10 front-page story about some parents asking for the Shalom College principal to resign after he encouraged people through the school’s newsletter to remember Catholic teachings and forgive convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson.

The heart-wrenching story (page 1, October 20) of a dying dad who drowned while learning to swim rounded out the top 10.



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