A gritty and compelling account of an elite police group, the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS). Middle Eastern organised crime in Australia is a dark, dirty and dangerous world of drug empires, murders and turf wars. Crime families dominate the suburbs and the streets are a labyrinth of dealers. Responsible for cleaning up this mess is the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS), a specialist unit of cops fighting an uphill battle against a deeply entrenched problem. The officers of the MEOCS are both fearsome and intimidating. They have to be, to deal with the rising violence, brutal mayhem and sheer brazen scope of the crime that they see every day. Written by an award-winning crime reporter, The Squad trails a core group of MEOCS detectives on their journey into the Sydney's Middle Eastern organised crime fraternity and takes readers inside the inner-workings of their biggest investigations - the wired-up informants, the undercover agents, the ingenious tactics and electrifying near-misses. Gritty, compelling and unputdownable.
This book covers all the major news stories of the last 25 years - including the Anita Cobby Murder, the Granny Killer and the Backpacker Murders, as well as natural disasters and political controversies. Simon also tells his own story, of being on the police rounds and working for a national news network, as well as his support for the Black Dog (Depression) Foundation which saw him ride a motorcycle across America and around Australia.
This amazing story - part biography, part true-crime, part thriller - is Ron Iddles' story as told to investigative reporter and author Justine Ford in emotive, homespun and hard-hitting prose. It tells the inspiring story of Iddles' incredible life in crime, the working methods and instinct for human behaviour that inform his extraordinary ability to bring light into the shadows, plus his uncanny knack for talking to crooks and winning their trust, not to mention his frequent and unashamed tears for the victims and his quest to make good out of bad and for society to keep each other safe .
How did a father with no criminal history come to be on trial for the brutal murder of his wife?
It began with a phone call to Brisbane police on 20 April 2012. Allison, wife of real-estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay, was missing.
When investigating officers arrived at the family home, in one of the city's wealthiest suburbs, a neatly dressed Gerard had been getting the couple's three daughters ready for school. Scratches on his face were shaving cuts, he told them. Police weren't so sure and opened one of Australia's biggest ever missing persons investigations.
Ten days after Gerard reported Allison's disappearance, the body of the former beauty queen was discovered on a creek bank 14 kilometres from home.
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay is written by the investigative journalist who covered the case from the start. It weaves together exclusive interviews and police and court records to explain how a father with no criminal history came to be on trial for a brutal murder. It's also a story about everyday choices and their consequences.
An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s – seven in just three years – earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of ‘The Killing Fields'. Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering sandstone menace declared they had been given a death sentence.
Gang alliances, power plays, contracted hits, the ice trade, the colour of your skin – even mistaken identity – any number of things could seal your fate.
The worst race war in the history of Australian prisons saw several groups – Aboriginal, Lebanese, Asian, Islander and Anglo – wage a vicious and uncontrollable battle for power. Every day there were stabbings. Every day there were bashings. And then there was murder
A controversial policy known as ‘racial clustering' might have put an end to the Killing Fields, but soon something far scarier would arise, something called Supermax . . . Within the stark white walls, clinical halls and solitary confinement, it is where Australia's most evil men are locked away. It is home to serial killer Ivan Milat; the ‘Terror Five', militants who plotted attacks across Sydney in 2005; Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and gang rapist Bilal Skaf, to name a few.
Murderers, terrorists, serial killers, gangsters and rapists – soon you will meet them all inside Australia's most murderous prison.
These are the stories about Australia's hardest inmates, from Australia's hardest inmates: the true and uncensored account of life inside Australia's toughest prisons. 'Porky Pig' stalks the yard, snorting and grunting as he stares down the prison guard. 'Whatcha looking at,' yells Martin Bryant, Australia's worst serial killer. The guard stays silent. Says nothing. He simply takes one step towards the monster, now fat, bald and broken. 'Leave me alone,' he screams. He then runs to the corner of the yard where he crouches, cowers, and calls for help like the coward he is.
Bryant u who killed 35 people and injured another 23 at Port Arthur in 1996 u is a 160 kg slob who trades Mars Bars for protection in Risdon Prison. Nineteen years after Australia's worst massacre, his blond hair is gone, and so is his self-righteous smirk ...but he is as evil as ever. Bryant has attacked several jail workers and has showed no remorse for the crimes that shook the nation. He is just one of the killers you will meet in Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates. You will hear from the inmate who almost escaped from Silverwater Jail in a stolen helicopter, from the rugby league.
Lance Burdett was in the police force for twenty-two years, in a variety of high-level roles: head of negotiation team; running 111 centre; intelligence management; protection squad and emergency responders. He worked on some of New Zealand's most high profile cases such as the Jan Molenaar case where Lance was flown in to head the negotiation team, and the George Baker prison hostage negotiation with the man who murdered Liam Ashley. His daily police life included frequent suicide interventions in high-profile locations, which were common call-outs for the negotiation team. Lance talks about the different negotiation styles and challenges involved. He was involved in Australia/New Zealand anti-terrorism training, and played the role of terrorist over several days on site. His story shows how quickly you can become indoctrinated and 'hate' your 'enemies'. Lance also underwent FBI training in Washington where he found that New Zealand's negotiation skills held up well. My Life as a Police Negotiator tells what it's really like to be a cop: the fear, the stress, the everyday drama, the skills developed, the lives saved, the lives lost. It's gritty, tough and confronting.
This book chronicles the pick of Australian jailbreaks. The most notorious prisons and escapees are here - names like Grafton, Pentridge and Boggo Road, Russell 'Mad Dog' Cox, Ray Denning and Darcy Dugan. These are extraordinary stories, ranging from sheer brutality to love-conquers-all. Some are full of incredible twists and turns, others are tinged with sadness and loss. In all, there is a desperation that comes from being locked away and dying to get out.
Jail escapees are forever looking over their shoulder. They can trust no one. They may not make it. They may be shot dead. It's a huge risk to take. From the Boggo Road Fun Run to tales of cannibalism, from sheer brutality to crimes of passion this engrossing true crime collection is the only one of its kind devoted to Australian prison breaks. Gripping and real stories give a chilling insight into lives gone wrong. Features an eight-page picture section.
A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty. What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. The defendants in these cases range from ruthless mobsters to average citizens, often committing similar crimes in rather different ways, and for different reasons. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbours and lawyers; Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan. The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honour-shame based, conformist culture, and shows and how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.
From the international bestselling author of Gomorrah, this is a deeply personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where votes can be bought and sold, where organized crime ravages both north and south - yet also where many courageous individuals defy the system, and millions work tirelessly for a better future.
A Gonzo portrait of the Mad Max of Supermax Andrew Rule, author of Underbelly Meet BADNE$$. He's the enigmatic, impulsive, exasperating, destructive, big-hearted Aussie outlaw who stole millions of dollars in daring bank robberies and became a folk hero as big as Ned Kelly when he masterminded two spectacular prison breaks in the space of six weeks. Now Christopher 'BADNE$$' Binse is serving a crushing 18 years in solitary. He craves death more than infamy. The only way he can find redemption is to open his tortured soul to acclaimed journalist Matthew Thompson, in the hope another wild child out there will learn from the strange and savage saga of his life and think twice. Mayhem is the bizarre, scary, brilliantly unique and jaw-dropping inside story of how a naughty little boy became Australia's most notorious prisoner. Let's get hectic!
An afternoon of random violence by a medical student armed with a shovel; the case of 18-year-old Annette Morgan, murdered in the grounds of Sydney University and still unsolved; the sad tale of 60 animals slaughtered at the Adelaide Zoo by two 18-year-olds on a murderous rampage. One of Australia's best young true crime writers, Emily Webb probes the black underbelly of our towns and suburbs and exposes the darkness at the heart of Australian life. Impossible to put down true crime stories of murder and mayhem. The third book by best-selling journalist and author Emily Webb. Explores the darkness at the core of Australia's quiet and safe suburbs.