After 125 years of theorising and speculation regarding the identity of Jack the Ripper, Russell Edwards is in the unique position of owning the first physical evidence relating to the crimes to have emerged since 1888. This evidence is from one of the crime scenes, and has now been rigorously examined by some of the most highly-qualified forensic scientists in the country who have ascertained its true provenance. With the help of modern forensic techniques, Russell's ground-breaking discoveries provide conclusive answers to many of the most challenging mysteries surrounding the case.
Certain Admissions is Australian true crime at its best, and stranger than any crime fiction. It is real-life police procedural, courtroom drama, family saga, investigative journalism, social history, archival treasure hunt - a meditation, too, on how the past shapes the present, and the present the past.
On a warm evening in December 1949, two young people met by chance under the clocks at Flinders Street railway station. They decided to have a night on the town. The next morning, one of them, twenty-year-old typist Beth Williams, was found dead on Albert Park Beach. When police arrested the other, Australia was transfixed: twenty-four-year-old John Bryan Kerr was a son of the establishment, a suave and handsome commercial radio star educated at Scotch College, and Harold Holt's next-door neighbour in Toorak. Police said he had confessed. Kerr denied it steadfastly. There were three dramatic trials attended by enormous crowds, a relentless public campaign proclaiming his innocence involving the first editorials against capital punishment in Australia.
For more than a decade Kerr was a Pentridge celebrity, a poster boy for rehabilitation - a fame that burdened him the rest of his life. Then, shortly after his death, another man confessed to having murdered Williams. But could he be believed?
Robert Mazur spent five years undercover infiltrating the criminal hierarchy of Colombia's drug cartels. The dirty bankers and businessmen he befriended knew him as Bob Musella, a wealthy, mob-connected big shot living the good life. Together they partied in expensive hotels, drank the world's finest champagnes, drove Rolls-Royce convertibles and flew in private jets.
But under Mazur's designer suits and hidden away in his quality briefcase, recorders whirred quietly, capturing the damning evidence of their crimes. Then, at his own staged wedding, he led a dramatic takedown that shook the underworld. In the end, more than eighty men and women were charged worldwide. Operation C-Chase became one of the most successful undercover operations in the history of US law enforcement, and evidence gathered during the bust proved critical to the conviction of General Manuel Noriega.
The Infiltrator is the story of how Mazur helped bring down the unscrupulous bankers who manipulated complex international finance systems to serve drug lords - including Pablo Escobar - corrupt politicians, tax cheats and terrorists. It is a shocking chronicle of the rise and fall of perhaps the biggest and most intricate money-laundering operation of all time - an enterprise that cleaned and moved hundreds of millions of dollars a year. And, at its heart, it's a stunning and vivid portrait of an undercover life and the sacrifice it requires.
Filled with dangerous lies, near misses and harrowing escapes, The Infiltrator is as exciting and explosive as the greatest fiction thrillers - only it's all true.
Pentridgetells of prison life and events during the troubled 1970s when rebellion was in the air, and when Pentridge housed some of the most notorious prisoners in Australian criminal history, including arguably its most punished inmate, William O'Meally, the last man to be flogged in Australia. A rich and colourful history spanning some 150 years of grim punishments, controversial hangings and prison escapes. Documents the prison closure and relocation of the remains of executed prisoners. Features accounts of the famous criminals, from William O'Meally to Chris 'Rent-A-Kill' Flannery. Don Osborne was raised in the shadows of the mighty Pentridge Prison. For several years he was an English teacher before embarking on an appointment as an Education Officer at Pentridge Prison during the early 1970s.
There are some incredible stories herein, badly conducted hangings, botched executions like that of Eva Dugan and the hanging of innocent men and women, miraculous survivals and horrific deaths. Writer Amanda Howard has uncovered many relatively unknown stories, delving into case studies of individuals and even entire communities.
Rope: A History of the Hanged takes the reader on a journey throughout the history of hanging, detailing the evolution of what was once a common method of capital punishment from the development of the drop to the invention of the gallows by Tyburn Gallows. Readers will be enlightened on the mechanisms of the act of hanging as well as famous executioners like Albert Pierre point and William Calcraft.
Australia's most baffling homicides and mysterious missing persons' cases are uniquely explored in this stunning true-crime book in which you the reader are invited to play armchair detective. Featuring 18 infamous cases, Unsolved Australia unearths a host of jaw-dropping new evidence via in-depth interviews with police, families and criminals. Along the way you'll meet the 'Unsolved Squad' - the humble heroes and dedicated experts involved in collecting and connecting clues. Unsolved Australia is a chilling, thrilling and inspiring book full of drama, emotion... and hope.
In Zero Zero Zero, Roberto Saviano maps the international cocaine trade. He investigates the evolution of cocaine trafficking, from Mexican drug cartels to money laundering through Wall Street and the City of London. While tracking cocaine's physical journey - from South America to the beaches of Miami and the streets of New York, and on to Africa and throughout Europe and even further to China and India - Saviano follows the human trail of users, victims and traffickers. First-hand stories and interviews will show how, over the last several decades, the global sale and consumption of cocaine has radically altered both black market and legitimate economies, and has impacted societies worldwide. With these stories, Saviano makes a secret world readable.