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 written a stirring account of a familiar story focussing on the hero, Attorney General and prosecutor John Plunkett, who managed to bring several of the killers to justice despite vigorous social, political and media opposition. Tedeschi, a prosecutor renowned for the near literary lucidity of his opening and closing addresses to juries, is the author of two other impressive true crime historical works, Eugenia and Kidnapped. He is also a photographer.