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THE TAIT CASE
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THE TAIT CASE

By Burns, Creighton

Parkville, VIC, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 1962. vi, + 182pp. Book clean. Spine firm, lightly bumped. Illustrated card wrapper minimally edgeworn and soiled. Trivial flecks on textblock foredge, else leaves unmarked. 'The Tait Case' follows the murder of an elderly lady, Mrs. Ada Ethel Hall, who was brutally sexually assaulted and killed at the All Saints Vicarage in Hawthorn, Victoria, on Tuesday, 8th August, 1961. Fingerprints left at the scene soon identified a known criminal - Robert Peter(s) Tait (b. 1924). Tait was arrested after fleeing to Adelaide, South Australia. After his trial and subsequent appeal process, Tait was sentenced to hang on the morning of Monday, 22 August, 1962 . . . but was that the end of the story . . . ? Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Introduction, 12 chapters. Appendix (Transcript of Proceedings in the High Court of Australia). Reading Guide. Book weight approx. 220g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHERS
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TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHERS

By Yallop, David A.

London: W.H. Allen , 1971. 305pp., line-drawn endpapers (plan of crime scene buildings). Two, unpaginated b/white halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Loose-plastic protected dustjacket chipped and edgeworn, with several closed tears, plus clear tape reinforcing on plain verso. "On 2nd November, 1952, Christopher Craig, aged sixteen, and Derek Bentley, aged nineteen, were trapped by police on the roof of a Croydon (England) warehouse. What had begun as a petty robbery was to end in tragedy. A gun battle ensued - to be compared by the National Press with the Sydney Street Siege - and P.C. Miles was killed. The two teenagers were tried before Lord Goddard at the Old Bailey and convicted of Miles's murder. The armed Craig was too young to hang, but the unarmed Bentley was not, and despite an Appeal, massive petitions and an uproar in the House of Commons, he was duly executed." The facts, many of which David Yallop now makes public for the first time, make it clear there was a terrible miscarriage of justice . . . Contents include: Prelims., An Open Letter to the Home Secretary. 8 chapters. Appendices. Sources. Index. Book weight approx. 520g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$22.54

SCREW: Observations and Revelations of a Prison Officer  (Inscribed by Author)
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SCREW: Observations and Revelations of a Prison Officer (Inscribed by Author)

By Merlo, Pat

Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia: Hudson Publishing, 1996. xii, + 180pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean. Soft reading crease on mildly canted spine, with a minor repair on heel. Illustrated card wrapper slightly edgeworn, with several oblique foredge corner creases on rear wrap. A short personal inscription, signed and dated by author, on title page, else textblock bumped and creased. 'Screw' is the story of Pat Merlo (b. 1951), who worked in the Victorian penal system at Fairlea Women's Prison and the notorious Pentridge Prison in Melbourne for over a decade . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Acks., Layout of Pentridge Prison. Plan of Fairlea Prison. Prologue. 20 chapters. Epilogue. Book weight approx. 255g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. 2nd Impression. Softcover. Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.50

THE KILLER COP AND THE MURDER OF DONALD MACKAY
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THE KILLER COP AND THE MURDER OF DONALD MACKAY

By Jiggens, Dr John

West End, Queensland, Australia: Network to Investigate the Mackay Murder, 2009. 253pp., b/white illustrated endpapers, 2-page b/white illustration, b/white cartoon. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves pristine. Illustrated card wrapper undamaged. From the rear panel: "Frank Nugan was a banker who had the power to make money disappear. His financial trickery lay behind the bottom-of-the-harbour scam and the Nugan Hand Bank. Fred Krahe was the Frightener. He was a magician who could make people disappear. He was the killer cop. Donald Mackay was murdered to protect an enormous secret. In 'The killer cop and the murder of Donald Mackay', historian Dr John Jiggens reveals this secret." Contents include: Introduction, 22 chapters, Appendix 1,2,3, Cast of Characters, Bibliography. Book weight approx. 295g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$22.54

THE TRIAL OF NED KELLY
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THE TRIAL OF NED KELLY

By Phillips, John H.

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: The Law Book Company Limited , 1987. xiii, + 135pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate illustrated section. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated ('The Trial', 1947 Sidney Nolan) card wrapper lightly bumped on foredge corners, with horizontal pressure marks on rear wrap, extending into several rear fly sheets. A former owner's name/date on half-title page, else leaves unmarked. John H. Phillips, one of Australia's foremost legal minds as a criminal lawyer, Victorian D.P.P. and later Supreme Court judge, recreates the trial and outcome of Ned Kelly (1855-1880). Lasting just two days, defended by an unknown barrister running his first - and last - Supreme Court case. Thirteen days later, Ned Kelly was hanged . . . did he get a fair trial . . . ? Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Sources, List of Plates. 15 chapters. Epilogue. Appendices (The Jerilderie Letter, The Cameron Letter), Commentaries. Index. Book weight approx. 215g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$31.70

KILLER EXCUSES: Extraordinary Defences Heard in Australian Courts
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KILLER EXCUSES: Extraordinary Defences Heard in Australian Courts

By Howell, Wayne

Scoresby, VIC, Australia: Five Mile Press, 2012. 256pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper very good. From the rear cover: " . . . a courtroom-drama collection of some of the most extraordinary defences tried in Australian manslaughter and murder triails . . . The cases in this book are 'whydunits'. While 'whodunits' focus on catching criminals, 'whydunits' challenge juries and judges to understand why people kill, and to decide what our society is prepared to forgive." Contents include: Foreword, 12 'Excuses'. Book weight approx. 360g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.27

WRECKING CREW: The Brutal True Story of the Bandidos' Legendary Sergeant-At-Arms
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WRECKING CREW: The Brutal True Story of the Bandidos' Legendary Sergeant-At-Arms

By Campbell, Caesar, with Campbell, Donna

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Macmillan (Pan Macmillan Australia), 2013. 277pp., plus 1 x 16 page b/white illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly surface indented only. From the rear panel: " . . . takes you into the heart of the Bandidos, and the outlaw biker world, through the eyes, fists and boots of Caesar Campbell, founding member of the Bandidos in Australia and the club's first sergeant-at-arms and legendary enforcer . . . " Contents include: Prologue, 20 chapters, Epilogue, Author's Note, Acks. Book weight approx. 435g. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.27

FILTHY RAT
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FILTHY RAT

By Illingworth, Simon

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: ABC Books, 2006. 234pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves mildly edge-tanned, else unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper undamaged. From the rear cover:" . . . a unique insight into the frightening world of Melbourne's gangland killings and police corruption. In its portrayal of corruption on both sides of the law, Simon Illingworth's story is a chilling account of what happens when society's defenders do what is indefensible . . . " Contents include: Foreword, Introduction, Prologue, 15 chapters, Appendix 1: Glossary, Appendix 2, 3 and 4. Book weight approx. 405g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$11.27

OUT OF THE SHADOWS
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OUT OF THE SHADOWS

By West, Anne Marie, with Hill, Virginia

London: Simon & Schuster , 1995. 258pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate illustrations (mostly 'dramatis personae'). Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Textblock mildly tanned, otherwise unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn only. 'Out of The Shadows' is a first-hand account of the terror, sexual abuse and eventual escape from two of the world's worst depraved abusers and murderers - her father Fred West, and his second wife Rose . . . Contents include: Prelims., Chronology of Events, 22 chapters, The Victims. Book weight approx. 535g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$28.18

MURDERS THAT SHOCKED AUSTRALIA
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MURDERS THAT SHOCKED AUSTRALIA

By Ferguson, Ian

Victoria, Australia: Brolga Publishing, 2007. 372pp., plus (unpaginated) Index, About the Author, Bibliography at rear. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper softly creased. "A thematically based and historically planned comprehensive treatment of the major murders that have captured Australian public interest for over 200 years . . . also includes information about little-known serial killers such as Martha Needle and Caroline Grills, as well as details on other multiple killers such as Derek Percy, Peter Dupas and Bandali Debs. The controversial killings of Julie Ramage, Jennifer Tanner and Jane Thurgood-Dove receive comprehensive coverage, and the involvement of a Melbourne fottballer in a motel homicide is also included.' 18 chapters. Book weight approx. 410g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.86

DEAD MAN RUNNING
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DEAD MAN RUNNING

By Coulthart, Ross and McNab, Duncan

Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2008. xvi, + 300pp., plus 1 x 8 page b/white illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has a very minor bump to top edge of rear panel. "For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. Her arranged the security of their clubhouses and electronic surveillance and counter surveillance. He 'cooked' ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned . . . It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the police and became an informant . . . " Contents include: Prologue, 27 chapters, Epilogue. Book weight approx. 440g. . First Edition, 3rd Impression . Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.27

THE BEAT: A True Account of the Bondi Gay Murders
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THE BEAT: A True Account of the Bondi Gay Murders

By Fenn, I.J.

Rowville, VIC, Australia: The Five Mile Press, 2006. 314pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper has a soft corner crease to lower rear panel. "In June 2001, 12 years after television newsreader Ross Warren disappeared following an evening out with friends in Sydney, a police operation was set up to reinvestigate his disappearance . . . This was only the starting point for Operation Taradale, which quickly turned into a horrifying saga of multiple murders committed mostly within a few hundred metres of each other - in Marks Park, the beat, the scrubby, rocky headland between Bondi and Tamarama . . . " 20 chapters over three section, plus Endnotes. Book weight approx. 491g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.57

LOVE YOU TO DEATH: A Story of Sex, Betrayal and Murder Gone Wrong
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LOVE YOU TO DEATH: A Story of Sex, Betrayal and Murder Gone Wrong

By Norris, Megan

Scoresby, VIC, Australia: The Five Mile Press, 2014. 326pp., plus 1 x 8 page, b/white illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper minimally bumped. From the rear panel: "Wealthy Melbourne businessman Chris Soteriou had a life to die for. Handsome, filthy rich and highly driven, the successful entrepreneur's lavish lifestyle of fast cars, designer clothes and luxury holidays was topped only by his perfect family - including a beautiful, sexy wife who swore she loved him to death. And thanks to the chilling surprise Vicky Soteriou had arranged for her trusting husband's forty-fourth birthday, she very nearly did . . . " Includes 34 chapters, Acks. Book weight approx. 480g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

LOVE BEHIND BARS: True Australian Stories
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LOVE BEHIND BARS: True Australian Stories

By Heywood, Victoria

Scoresby, VIC, Australia: The Five Mile Press, 2013. ix, + 246pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper has a negligible bumped to lower rear. "As well as some of Australia's most notorious cases, 'Love Behind Bars' also looks at some ordinary Australians in extraordinary circumstances - from the Australian girlfriend of an American deathrow murderer to the Sydney trust-fund heiress who spent two years in a Honduran prison with her drug-trafficking lover. Also includes a chapter on famous murderers, and the women - and men - who fall for these killers." Contents include: Acks., Prelude, Introduction, 10 chapters. Book weight approx. 350g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

THE ECHO OF SILENT SCREAMS: The Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders
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THE ECHO OF SILENT SCREAMS: The Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders

By Wilson, Eric

Niddrie, Victoria, Australia: Pennon Publishing , 2003. 246pp., plus 1 x 8 page b/white, 2 x 4 page b/white, and 1 x 4 page colour, illustrated sections. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper undamaged. Lorraine Ruth Wilson aged 20 years and Wendy Joy Evans aged 18 years were last seen alive at Camp Hill, Brisbane, on 6 October, 1974 and their skeletal remains were located on the afternoon of the 25th June, 1976 . . . this book is the culmination of many years of exhaustive research by Eric Wilson, the elder brother of one of the murdered girls, into what became known as the 'Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders'. Contents include: Introduction, Disclaimer, Foreword, 33 chapters over 5 'Parts'. Book weight approx. 410g. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

NOOSE: True Stories of Australians Who Died at the Gallows
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NOOSE: True Stories of Australians Who Died at the Gallows

By Duff, Xavier

Cremorne, Victoria, Australia : Echo Publishing (Bonnier Publishing Aust), 2016. 279pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. Textblock unmarked. Between the 27th February 1788 and the 3rd February, 1967, almost 1700 people were executed in the name of the Crown . . . This book tells the stories of just 11 of those who were legally hanged in Australia . . . Contents include: Prelims., 11 chapters, Table of Executions since 1820, Conversion Chart, Sources. Book weight approx. 380g. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

A GRAIN OF TRUTH: How Pollen Brought a Murderer to Justice
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A GRAIN OF TRUTH: How Pollen Brought a Murderer to Justice

By Milne, Lynne

Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., Australia: Reed New Holland, 2005. 175pp., unpaginated colour and b/white halftone plate section, printed endpapers, plus intext illustrations and tables. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. In 1996, a young mother of two was brutally murdered and her body dumped in parkland near Noosa, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Despite suspicions, evidence in the crime was thin until the investigating police called in a forensic palynologist - a pollen specialist. The author tells the story of how a few grains of pollen eventually led to a conviction for murder . . . Contents include: Prelims., In the Beginning, numerous chapters, Epilogue, Glossary and Abbs., References. Book weight approx. 440g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT & His Lady. The True Story of Bushrangers Frederick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg
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CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT & His Lady. The True Story of Bushrangers Frederick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg

By Baxter, Carol

Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2011. (xi) + 364pp., several intext b/white halftone plates, and line-drawn locality maps. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped on foredge corners, else undamaged. Textblock unmarked. The time - Colonial Australia. The Setting - Northern New South Wales. He was the gentleman bushranger . . . she was the woman who rode with him. This is the true story of Captain Thunderbolt (Frederick Ward) and his lady, Mary Ann Bugg. Contents include: Prelims., Cast of Characters, Maps, Prologue, Part 1/ Lust. 2/ Vice. 3/ Despair. 4/ Liberty. 5/ Recklessness. 6/ Injustice. 7/ Retribution. Epilogue, Author's Note and Acks., Bibliography, Index. Book weight approx. 500g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$15.50

CHOPPER 8: A Bullet in the Head is Worth Two in the Chamber
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CHOPPER 8: A Bullet in the Head is Worth Two in the Chamber

By Read, Mark Brandon

London: John Blake Publishing, 2008. xiv, + 254pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Vivid silver title over firm spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Colour-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. More tales from the colourful recollections of Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read (1954-2013). Includes Foreword. Book weight approx. 510g. . First U.K.. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

GATTON MAN
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GATTON MAN

By Lilley, Merv

Ringwood, VIC, Australia: McPhee Gribble Publishers, 1994. 194pp., several intext, b/white halftone plate illustrations. Book clean and square. Monochrome, illustrated card wrapper nominally edgeworn only. Textblock unmarked. Part-biography, part murder mystery, Merv Lilley tells of life on the land, and the Queensland he knew between the wars, and relates the chilling, unsolved multiple murder mystery that took place in the Gatton district of Queensland when, on Boxing Day 1898, the raped and bashed bodies of the Murphy's, two sisters and a brother, were found in a paddock alongside their dead horse . . . Contents include: Prelims., Part 1/ The Growing Time. 2/ Clarke's Man. 3/ The Darkening Track. Book weight approx. 370g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight.. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.98

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