Author(s): Samantha Barlow
Samantha Barlow's life changed the day she was brutally attacked on the way to work in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross. The popular, confident young woman was left for dead, dragging herself to a lonely bus stop, desperate to stay alive for her two young children. The police who attended the crime scene didn't recognise their colleague. Inspector Laurence Barlow watched helplessly as his wife's life lay in the balance. He'd spent his career stopping violent offenders, but now found himself on the other side of a crisis. Samantha was a highly respected sergeant, but she could have been any woman - her attacker was a junkie after money. Her story touched people everywhere: her resilience, her indomitable spirit and her triumphant return to work after 22 months of rehab is an inspiration to all Australians. This is a brave family's journey to recovery.
Samantha Barlow, bright, bubbly and eager to help others, decided at the age of ten that she wanted nothing more than to be a police officer. The youngest new recruit in her year, she raced through the ranks and was tipped to be headed right to the top as one of the country's first female police commissioners. She won a host of medals for her courage and commitment as she battled to recover from a vicious attack in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross, from which she was left for dead. Samantha and Laurence Barlow live in Sydney and have three young children.