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A Scandal in Bohemia: The Life and Death of Mollie Dean

A Scandal in Bohemia: The Life and Death of Mollie Dean

Gideon Haigh

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As enigmatic in life as in death, Mollie Dean was a woman determined to transcend. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, at twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne’s bohemian salons – until one night in 1930 she was brutally slain by an unknown killer in a laneway while walking home.

Her family was implicated. Those in her circle, including her acclaimed artist lover Colin Colahan, were shamed. Her memory was anxiously suppressed. Yet the mystery of her death rendered more mysterious her life and Mollie’s story lingered, incorporated into memoir, literature, television, theatre and song, most notably in George Johnston’s classic My Brother Jack.

In A Scandal in Bohemia, Gideon Haigh explodes the true crime genre with a murder story about life as well as death. Armed with only a single photograph and echoes of Mollie’s voice, he has reassembled the precarious life of a talented woman without a room of her own – a true outsider, excluded by the very world that celebrated her in its art. In this work of restorative justice, Mollie Dean emerges as a tenacious, charismatic, independent woman for whom society had no place, and whom everybody tried to forget – but nobody could.
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Lillian Armfield: How Australia's first female detective took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and changed the face of the force

Lillian Armfield: How Australia's first female detective took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and changed the face of the force

Leigh Straw

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An engaging account of an extraordinary, trailblazing woman - Australia's first female detective - Lillian Armfield is also the vivid and gripping story of the origins of Sydney's organised crime underbelly.

'Special Constable' Lillian Armfield was policing Sydney's mean streets during some of the most dramatic years of crime in the city. By the late 1920s, eastern Sydney was the heartland of organised crime and the notorious turf battles known as the Razor Wars, where bloodied bodies were strewn across streets after late-night clashes between rival gangs.

At first disapproved of by her male colleagues, and often working solo and undercover, Lillian investigated it all - from runaway girls, opium dens and back-street sly grog shops to drug trafficking, rape and murder. She dealt with the infamous crime figures of the day - Tilly Devine, Kate Leigh, 'Botany May' Smith and their associates - who eventually accorded Lillian a grudging respect.

Lillian Armfield's life and achievements were extraordinary. She paved the way for the women of today's police force and her amazing story is also a compelling chapter in Australian true crime history.

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My Mother, a Serial Killer

My Mother, a Serial Killer

Hazel Baron ,  Janet Fife-Yeomans

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A gripping and shocking story of a serial killer mother, and the brave daughter who brought her to justice.

Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. Loved everywhere she went, the townsfolk of Wilcannia which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station looked forward to the scones and cakes the generous Dulcie baked for them and delivered for their morning tea along with her wit and charm. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her.

Dulcie was in fact a cold calculating killer, who by 1958 had put three men in their graves, one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron, in one of the most infamous periods of the state's history. She would have got away with it all, had it not been for Hazel.

My Mother, A Serial Killer is a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who put testified against her and put her in jail, and the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s.
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15:17 to Paris (Film Tie-In)

15:17 to Paris (Film Tie-In)

Anthony Sadler

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On 21 August 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded a train in Brussels bound for Paris. Khazzani's mission was clear- he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate the 554 passengers on the crowded train. But as he began to execute his plan, he encountered an unstoppable line of defence- three American friends.

The 15-17 to Paris is a gripping account of the foiled attack by the three men who lived it - Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone. It is also the story of what compelled three lifelong friends to run towards danger instead of from it - towards humanity, not away from terror.
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Green Is The New Black: Inside Australia's Hardest Women's Jails

Green Is The New Black: Inside Australia's Hardest Women's Jails

James Phelps

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Ivan Milat, the notorious backpacker serial killer, is not the most feared person in the prison system. Nor is it Martin Bryant, the man responsible for claiming 35 lives in the Port Arthur massacre. No, the person in Australia controversially ruled ‘too dangerous to be released’, the one who needs chains, leather restraints and a full-time posse of guards is Rebecca Butterfield: a self-mutilating murderer, infamous for slicing guards and stabbing another inmate 33 times.

But Butterfield is not alone. There’s cannibal killer Katherine Knight, jilted man-murderer Kathy Yeo, jailbreak artist Lucy Dudko, and a host of others who will greet you inside the gates of Australia’s hardest women’s jails. You will meet drug dealers, rapists and fallen celebrities. You will hear tales of forbidden love, drug parties gone wrong and guards who trade 40-cent phone calls for sex.

All will be revealed in Green Is the New Black, a comprehensive account of women’s prison life by award-winning author and journalist James Phelps.
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The Murder Gang: Fleet Street's Elite Group of Crime Reporters in the Golden Age of Tabloid Crime

The Murder Gang: Fleet Street's Elite Group of Crime Reporters in the Golden Age of Tabloid Crime

Neil Root

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The first book to recount the extraordinary story of Fleet Street's Murder Gang.

The Murder Gang recounts the remarkable true story of the elite group of renegade Fleet Street crime reporters who covered the most famous British murders between the mid-1930s and the mid-1960s, when murder dominated the front and inside pages of the tabloid newspapers.

Members of the "Murder Gang" drank in the same Fleet Street pubs, but they were also ruthlessly competitive against each other. It was said that when the Daily Express covered a big murder story they would send four cars: the first car containing their reporters, the other three cars to block the road at crime scenes to stop other rival gang members from getting through.

As a matter of course, "Murder Gang" members got their scoops by listening in to police radios, and used potatoes for jamming into rivals’ exhaust pipes so their cars wouldn’t start. Clandestine meetings with killers on the run from the police and huge payments to murderers and their families were just the tools of the trade, a far cry from today’s regulations.

In turns fascinating, shocking and comical, this tale of true crime, media and social history will have you turning the pages like those newspapers of old...
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Out of Thin Air: A True Story Of Impossible Murder In Iceland

Out of Thin Air: A True Story Of Impossible Murder In Iceland

Anthony Adeane

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AS SEEN ON BBC STORYVILLE, AND COMING TO NETFLIX IN SEPTEMBER 2018. 'Reads like a great thriller' Ragnar Jonasson, bestselling author of the Dark Iceland crime series 'Extraordinary . . . utterly compelling' Sunday Times Every Icelander knows about the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur disappearances.

1974. In two separate incidents, two men vanished into thin air. Then, out of it, came six murder confessions and six convictions. Yet, in the decades that followed, these too evaporated.

Anthony Adeane explores the stranger-than-fiction story that has unravelled in Iceland across forty-five years. He provides the first full account of the case, paints a fascinating picture of the country, and places each development in the contexts that shaped them: from the Cod Wars to the Cold War, the 2008 economic crash and beyond.

Using unprecedented access, and exploring his own personal obsession with the case, he exposes the mistakes that were made, the lives that were ruined, the questions that remain unanswered, and the headlines that continue to be printed.

Out Of Thin Air is at once a brilliant portrait of a society, a story of a shocking miscarriage of justice and a compelling true crime narrative.
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