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New: a Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival!

At last, Sydney is to have its own Crime Writers Festival, called BAD. There's been a need for this for years - the Sydney Writers Festival does a fine job, but crime can only ever be a small part of what it does. Meanwhile, the audience for crime books - fiction and non-fiction - has been booming. Keep Reading

The Askin money trail

After the death of Robert Askin in 1981 it was claimed that the Australian Tax Office had taken much of his estate in unpaid taxes. The implication was that he’d been a tax-avoider and there wasn’t much left. As with so much of the criticism of Askin, there  was no evidence… Keep Reading

The Dark Side

This new book contains the amazing story of Mark Standen, third most powerful officer in the NSW Crime Commission until his arrest for corruption in 2008 and subsequent conviction. Always a flakey character, with a major gambling addiction, chaotic private life, and an expensive relationship with a work colleague half… Keep Reading

Eugenia – a modern classic

In real life, Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC successfully prosecuted one of Australia’s most unusual cases, that of Keli Lane. Before killing one of her children, she’d successfully hidden several pregnancies from those around her, including her water polo team and in one instance her lover. In this book,… Keep Reading

Only two more sleeps! Dancing with Demons

To be published this week, the intriguing and often poignant memoir of forensic psychologist Tim Watson-Munro. Starting at Parramatta Gaol in the seventies, the young W-M moved into private practice and became a shrink to the stars of the criminal firmament, providing expert evidence for the defence of monsters such as Julian Knight and… Keep Reading

The Death of Ducky O’Connor

Fifty years ago, in the early morning of 28 May 1967, Lennie McPherson was enjoying a drink in the Latin Quarter nightclub at 250 Pitt Street Sydney. The Quarter was a posh joint, and served beer on ice in champagne buckets. Lennie was there with colleagues “Rattie Jack” Clarke and Anthony… Keep Reading

The Immodest Miss Modesty

This Sunday, 11.15am, World Bar Kings Cross, the suburb’s biographer Louis Nowra hosts a conversation with Elizabeth Burton, stripper extraordinaire, and others, about the area’s lively past. Part of the Vivid Ideas program, for details and booking see: From the Horse’s Mouth. Burton was a bopping waitress at the Whisky a… Keep Reading

John Birmingham on Sydney Noir

“Duffy and Hordern give the city the kicking it’s been asking for, and the city gives up all the secrets and all the bodies …” John Birmingham, author Leviathan: the unauthorized biography of Sydney   See also Nick Hordern’s article in the Australian Financial Review. Keep Reading

Sydney Noir: the golden years

Announcing the publication of the first ever true crime book devoted to the era of Lennie McPherson, Abe Saffron and George Freeman. It was the Wild West period of the Sydney underworld, turbo-charged by the prohibition of off-course gambling that meant most of the population was either breaking the law… Keep Reading

New Askin exhibit

Sydney Crime Museum is honoured to announce a new exhibit, Dr Paul Loughnan’s thesis about the Askin government, in which he questions the received wisdom that Askin himself was not only deeply corrupt, but helped run the underworld for some eight years. This amazing allegation has been widely accepted since it… Keep Reading

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