These events - and our reaction to them - reveal more about Australian society than we may care to know.
Some crimes shock an entire nation, and in doing so, define us for all time. In Australia the infamous crimes detailed in this book have become part of our cultural landscape Gatton?, Pyjama Girl?, Shark-Arm?, Brown- Out?, Thorne Kidnapping?, Backpacker? and Snowtown? - each name has become synonymous with our unique criminal heritage. And when normal police methods fail to produce answers, as in the Bogle-Chandler Mystery, the Wanda Beach Murders, the disappearance of the Beaumont Children and the Norfolk Island case, the crimes take on almost an urban mythology where fact and fiction become difficult to separate. But more than that, these events - and our reaction to them - reveal more about Australian society than we may care to know.
Alan J Whiticker is a non-fiction author and publisher, with over 40 published books on history, sport, biography, true crime and lifestyle.
Whiticker writes primarily on matters pertaining to the history of the sport of rugby league in Australia, but he has also published works on subjects as diverse as classic film, pop culture, the Wanda Beach Murders and an adaptation of Homer’s Iliad. He is a former teacher and commissioning editor, and now works as a freelance writer.