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The Pyjama Girl Mystery by Richard Evans

The partly burned body of the so-called “pyjama girl” was found in countryside near Albury in 1934. Eventually she would be identified as Florence Agostini, murdered by her husband Antonio. Evans says doubts remain on both counts. He brings to his sophisticated treatment of the subject appropriate insights into its cultural and… Keep Reading

Milat by Clive Small and Tom Gilling

In the early 1990s Clive Small led the investigation into the murders of seven backpackers that resulted in the arrest and conviction of Ivan Milat. It is one of the most notorious set of crimes in Australian history. Small says he was misrepresented in the TV drama series about the… Keep Reading

Murder at Myall Creek

IN 1838 11 convicts killed 28 Aboriginal people at Myall Creek, in an event that was sadly not all that rare. What was rare was that some were prosecuted. What was almost unique is that some were even punished for their terrible crimes. NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi has… Keep Reading

Remembering Anita Cobby

Very moving account of one of Australia’s worst murders by Daily Telegraph crime editor Mark Morri. Morri was a young reporter for the Daily Mirror when former beauty queen Cobby was abducted and killed in 1986, in one of those crimes that literally “shocked the nation” and has continued to do… Keep Reading

Sin City by Tim Girling-Butcher

Published to coincide with the seminal exhibition of the same name held by the Justice & Police Museum in  2010, this is the best brief introduction to corruption in 20th century Sydney. The illustrations are sensational. Girling-Butcher produced an equally superb documentary to accompany the exhibition, which sadly cannot be seen… Keep Reading

Sins of the Brother by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy

Definitive account of the investigation into the so-called “backpacker murders” in the 1990s after seven victims were found in the Belanglo State Forest south of Sydney. The investigation was led by detective Clive Small and the serial killer was Ivan Milat. Like many serious criminals, Milat came from a family… Keep Reading

Smack Express by Clive Small and Tom Gilling

Drug Traffic, Al McCoy’s magisterial history of Australian organised crime from the beginning, concluded in 1980. Smack Express takes the story through to the end of the century and describes how organised crime became involved in the growing drug trade from the late 1970s. It covers major figures and developments… Keep Reading

Sydney in Ferment by Peter Grabosky

Sydney in Ferment: crime, dissent and official reaction 1788 – 1973 (pub. 1977) This is one for the scholars, an excellent and tightly written history of Sydney crime by an American academic. Also helpful for any writer engaging with historical crime fiction, not least because it reminds us that what… Keep Reading

Unmasked: the Gonzales family killer, by Kara Lawrence

Extraordinary story of Sef Gonzales, a young man who killed his parents and sister in 2001 in their home at North Ryde. The Gonzales family were immigrants from the Philippines. Sef’s motive was that due to poor results at university, his disappointed parents had threatened to remove his car and disinherit… Keep Reading

Huckstepp: a dangerous life by John Dale

The following is taken from the publisher’s website. It will be updated with original text when time permits, but we thought it important to have a reference to this seminal book on the site. Huckstepp investigates the murder of the charismatic young woman who has fascinated Australians since she first… Keep Reading

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