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When the Bough Breaks : The True Story of Child Killer Kathleen Folbigg [used book]

By: Matthew Benns

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Bantam: 2003

Seller ID: 1863254234

ISBN: 1863254234

Condition: Good


Caleb, Patrick, Sarah and Laura Folbigg died one by one over a 10-year period in similar circumstances - suddenly, unexpectedly and while sleeping. Each was discovered by Kathleen, their mother, who raised the alarm to her husband, Craig that they were not breathing. When the Folbiggs' marriage fell apart six weeks after the death of their fourth child, Laura, Craig was devastated. It only got worse when he discovered Kathleen's diary in her bedside drawer. Horrified at his wife's ramblings about losing control with the children, her 'terrible thoughts' and her fears she was her 'father's daug... View more info

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The Satin Man : Disappearance of the Beaumont Children Revealed

By: Alan Whiticker and Stuart Mullins

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Australia, New Holland: 2013

Seller ID: 9781742573083

ISBN: 1742573088

Condition: New


On Australia Day 1966, the Beaumont children Jane, Arnna and Grant disappeared from an Adelaide beach. Despite a large-scale police investigation and extensive media coverage, the case remains unsolved, bogged down by false leads and dead ends, and the Beaumont children were never seen again. In 2006, author Alan Whiticker, assisted by researcher Stuart Mullins, wrote the definitive account of the siblings disappearance in Searching for the Beaumont Children. Since the publication of that book, fresh leads have been sceptically received, until one family in particular presented a remarkable p... View more info

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In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book]

By: Barbara Biggs

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Floradale: 2003

Seller ID: 002106

ISBN: 0957912145

Condition: Good


He was 42 and one of Australia's most successful criminal barristers. She was 14, a runaway with nowhere to go. She later learnt the barrister had paid her grandmother. She had been sold... So begins Barbara Biggs' inside account of the dark side of the permissive seventies. The episode is to haunt her for years. But it is only one part of an extraordinary family story told with black humour and unflinching honesty. At 13 she runs away from home for wayward girls. At 16 she admits herself to a psychiatric hospital. At 18 she escapes Cambodia as it falls to the Khmer Rouge. At 19 she is a pro... View more info

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Enforcer : The Real Story of One of Australia's Most Feared Outlaw Bikers [used book]

By: Caesar Campbell with Donna Campbell

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, MacMillan: 2010

Seller ID: 1405040084

ISBN: 1405040084

Condition: Good


Among members of the outlaw motorcycle clubs, Caesar Campbell is a legend. Former sergeant-at-arms and chief enforcer for the Comancheros, Caesar became the founding member and sergeant-at-arms of the Australian chapter of the Bandidos. He epitomised bikie culture - unbeatable in a fight, brutal in the extreme, fearing no one and nothing, and loyal until death. This is Caesar's story, from his recruitment into the Comancheros, to the savage split within the club that led to the foundation of the Bandidos and the bloody massacre at Milperra that resulted from it. This was the massacre that s... View more info

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Dead by Friday: How Lust and Greed Led to Murder in the Suburbs

By: Derek Pedley

Price: $27.95

Publisher: Australia, Wakefield Press: 2013

Edition: 2nd Edition

Seller ID: 003942

ISBN: 1743052308

Condition: New


He was once a bronzed lifesaver but is now a balding, overweight Beaurepaires manager nearing 40, an ambitious man with desires his marriage cannot satisfy. She is 29, the wife of one of his employees; a serial cheater and manipulator, she can curl her lips into a knowing smile and bat bedroom eyes at any man who cares to take a second look. Kevin Matthews and Michelle Burgess are made for each other. The affair begins with furtive sex in parks and offices, moving on to whiskey fuelled, lunch-time trysts in motels. Their marriages crumble, his career and finances suffer and the obsession deep... View more info

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The Coroner : Investigating Sudden Death [used book]

By: Derrick Hand and Janet Fife-Yeomans

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, ABC Books: 2004

Seller ID: 0733313256

ISBN: 0733313256

Condition: Good


When the telephone rings in the middle of the night, it is usually bad news. When the telephone rings in the middle of the night and you are the State Coroner, it is invariably someone else's bad news. Derrick Hand was the NSW State Coroner for 20 years. this book takes you with him behind the scenes of his investigations and shows how he pieced together the puzzles thrown up by some of the most notorious deaths in Australia. View more info

Image for Sins of the Father: The untold story behind Schapelle Corby's ill-fated drug run [used book][hard to get]

Sins of the Father: The untold story behind Schapelle Corby's ill-fated drug run [used book][hard to get]

By: Eamonn Duff

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Australia, Allen and Unwin: 2011

Seller ID: 174237817X

ISBN: 174237817X

Condition: Good


The story behind Australia's most famous drug case A reckless father, his dark past, an Adelaide drug trafficker and the Gold Coast beauty school dropout who kept her mouth shut. This is the explosive untold story of Schapelle Corby and how she took the rap for her father's drug syndicate. The result of a three year investigation, Sins of the Father returns to the beginning of Australia's most famous drug case, to a time when nobody had ever heard the name Schapelle Corby. Finally, the missing pieces of the jigsaw fall into place as we are led, step by step, through the important weeks, ... View more info

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The Echo of Silent Screams: The Gold Coast Hitchhike Murders [used book] *** OUT OF STOCK ***

By: Eric Wilson

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Australia, Pennon Publishing: 2005

Seller ID: 001671

ISBN: 1877029270

Condition: Good


'The Echo of Silent Screams' 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. But 'The Echo of Silent Screams' is much more than a murder mystery. It opens up the very soul of one of the families involved in this disturbing case, which still remains unsolved over 28 years later. The $100,000 reward is still current. View more info

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I Belong to No One [used book]

By: Gwen Wilson

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Hachette: 2015

Seller ID: 0733634079

ISBN: 0733634079

Condition: Good


A teenager in the 1970s, Gwen Wilson grew up in Western Sydney. It was a tough childhood. Illegitimate, fatherless - her mother in and out of psychiatric hospitals; it would have been easy for anyone to despair and give up. Yet Gwen had hope. Despite it all, she was a good student, fighting hard for a scholarship and a brighter future. Then she met Colin. Someone to love who would love her back. But that short-lived love wasn't the sanctuary Gwen was looking for. It was the start of a living hell. Rape was just the beginning. By sixteen she was pregnant, her education abandoned. Austral... View more info

Image for The Bagman : Final Confessions of Jack Herbert [used book] [hard to get]

The Bagman : Final Confessions of Jack Herbert [used book] [hard to get]

By: Jack Herbert with Tom Gilling

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Australia, ABC Books: 2004

Seller ID: 0733314120

ISBN: 0733314120

Condition: Good


Jack Herbert's sensational confessions helped send a police commissioner and a cabinet minister to gaol. they led to the most sweeping shakeout of a police force in Australian history. Now, Herbert - the notorious bagman who rolled over to the Fitzgerald Inquiry - tells his story for the first time. Part memoir, part interrogation by best-selling novelist tom Gilling, the Bagman reveals little-known facts about Herbert's childhood, his early career and the tragic loss of his first child. the authors explore how Herbert was recruited into the seemingly impregnable culture of greed and corruptio... View more info

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Sin Bin: The Untold Story of A True Footy Bad Boy [used book]

By: John Elias and Josh Massoud

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, MacMillan: 2010

Seller ID: 002751

ISBN: 1405040211

Condition: Good


'This is a story that has to be told.' (Alan Jones) Few rugby league players were more notorious than John Elias. The menacing forward not only intimidated his opponents on the paddock; he also led a double life as a career criminal and stand-over man. Starting in the driver's seat of a stolen Holden at age 14, Elias's crimes grew more brazen as his football CV expanded to include over a dozen clubs. Illegal bookmaking rings, fire-arms trading, shootings, brothels, seedy card dens and the biggest match-fixing scandal in the game's recent history were all part of his off-field routine that ev... View more info

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Harry Readford alias Captain Starlight

By: John Morrison

Price: $39.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press: 2014

Seller ID: 003972

ISBN: 1925236102

Condition: New


The story of Harry Readford, born in 1841 on the frontier of the infant colony of New South Wales, who became a proficient bushman, stockman, drover, explorer, pioneer and above all, a renowned cattle duffer, has passed into Australian folklore. The pivotal event in the story was the famous cattle theft in 1870, of 1200 head from the Longreach area of Central Queensland, and droving them nearly 1600 kilometres through virtually unexplored desert country deep into South Australia. This feat, and the subsequent "infamous" trial at the Roma courthouse in 1873, was portrayed in Rolf Boldrewood's... View more info

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Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars [used book]

By: John Silvester and Andrew Rule

Price: $7.00

Publisher: Australia, Floradale: 2004

Seller ID: 001669

ISBN: 0975231804

Condition: Good


When the shooting starts in the underworld, war is a short word that covers a lot of ground. It can be a blood feud between criminal families, it can be revenge, exacted by enemies with long memories, old grudges and new information. Then, of course, there are the police, who belong to the biggest gang of all... View more info

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Underbelly: The Gangland War [used book]

By: John Silvester and Andrew Rule

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Floradale: 2008

Seller ID: 003941

ISBN: 0977544060

Condition: Good


They called Carl Williams 'The Truth' but the truth was he was just a fat kid with a pill press and a taste for fast food, women and bucks. He got lucky the day Jason Moran shot him in the belly instead of the head. Carl didn't return the favour: one by one, Moran, his family, and friends were shot dead during an underworld war for extermination. View more info

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Underbelly : A Tale Of Two Cities [used book]

By: John Silvester and Andrew Rule

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Floradale Press: 2010

Seller ID: 0977544095

ISBN: 0977544095

Condition: Good


Made in Melbourne. Slayed in Sydney. Chris Rentakill Flannery was a Melbourne gunman who sold his services to Sin City's highest bidder. He went on the missing list because he didn't realise the future belonged to those who controlled pills and powders, not pistols. A world of corrupt cops, bent politicians and beautiful women who fell for the rich gangsters, and a few detectives trying to stop the tidal wave.This was Australia's underbelly. View more info

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In My Skin : A Memoir [used book]

By: Kate Holden

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Text Publishing: 2007

Seller ID: 1921351071

ISBN: 1921351071

Condition: Good


Shortlisted, Dobbie Literary Award for a first published book. Shortlisted, Australian Newcomer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards. In My Skin describes an extraordinary journey through an often hidden world of heroin and prostitution. Kate's story is one of survival and resourcefulness, and an unflinching look at the consequences of addiction. View more info

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True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book]

By: Lisa Davies

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Harper Collins: 2009

Seller ID: 001072

ISBN: 0732289033

Condition: Good


It was a shocking crime that made headlines around Australia. An innocent young woman, violently attacked in her family home by a total stranger and left to die. Beaten repeatedly and soaked with petrol as her home burned, Lauren Huxley's life was hanging by a thread. Lauren's battle to survive caused an outpouring of public love and support. For her father, Patrick, mother Christine and sister Simone it was like being plunged into hell. Doctors gave Lauren only a five percent chance of survival. Her injuries were among the worst they had ever seen, so horrific that she was barely recognisable... View more info

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Jacks and Jokers #2 Three Crooked Kings

By: Matthew Condon

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, University of Queensland Press: 2014

Seller ID: 000582

ISBN: 0702249963

Condition: New


The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Three Crooked Kings In Three Crooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers, the story continues as Terry Lewis becomes police commissioner and the era of corruption at the highest levels of the police and government continues. As the Queensland police become more connected with their colleagues in Sydney, the rise of heavy drugs and crime escalates. Tony Murphy and Glen Hallahan, two of the original 'crooked kings', become more enmeshed w... View more info

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Three Crooked Kings: Terry Lewis, the Rat Pack and the True Story of Crime and Corruption in Queensland

By: Matthew Condon

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, University of Queensland Press: 2013

Seller ID: 000583

ISBN: 0702238910

Condition: New


The first of two explosive investigative books - Underbelly meets the narrative storytelling of Chloe Hooper and Helen Garner In 1949, a young Terence Murray Lewis graduated from the police academy, ready to start his career in law enforcement. Over the next four decades, he rose to the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queensland before his spectacular downfall and imprisonment after the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s. Three Crooked Kings follows Lewis' journey through the ranks, as he becomes part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glenn Hallahan and... View more info

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All Fall Down #3 Three Crooked Kings

By: Matthew Condon

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, University of Queensland Press: 2015

Seller ID: 003042

ISBN: 0702253537

Condition: New


The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy. In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent... View more info

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The Mayne Inheritance : a gothic tale of murder, madness and scandal across the generations

By: Rosamond Siemon

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Australia, University of Queensland Press: 2003

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 9780702234224

ISBN: 0702234222

Condition: New


The Mayne Inheritance is a non-fiction book written by Queensland author Rosamond Siemon. It was first published in 1997 by University of Queensland Press, and this new edition with updated information was issued by the same publisher in 2003. The book won the Brisbane City Council's One Book One Brisbane competition in 2003. The Mayne Inheritance tells the story of Patrick Mayne, a young man who migrated to Australia from his impoverished background in County Tyrone, Ireland in 1841. He soon moved to the infant town of Brisbane where he found work as a slaughterman in an abattoir. In 1848... View more info

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The Mayne Inheritance : a gothic tale of murder, madness and scandal across the generations [used book] *** Out of Stock ***

By: Rosamond Siemon

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Australia, University of Queensland Press: 2003

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 0702234222

ISBN: 0702234222

Condition: Good


Used book in overall good condition with some foxing. Tight binding. The Mayne Inheritance is a non-fiction book written by Queensland author Rosamond Siemon. It was first published in 1997 by University of Queensland Press, and this new edition with updated information was issued by the same publisher in 2003. The book won the Brisbane City Council's One Book One Brisbane competition in 2003. The Mayne Inheritance tells the story of Patrick Mayne, a young man who migrated to Australia from his impoverished background in County Tyrone, Ireland in 1841. He soon moved to the infant town of Brisb... View more info

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The Gatton Murders [used book][hard to get]

By: Stephanie Bennett

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Australia, MacMillan: 2004

Seller ID: 1405035749

ISBN: 1405035749

Condition: Very Good


Boxing Day, 1898. Three members of the Murphy family Michael, Ellen and Norah are returning to the family farm after a trip into Gatton, a small Queensland town. On a deserted, moonlit road a few miles out of town they are ambushed. Their horse is shot and the Murphys, all aged in their twenties, are taken to a remote paddock where they are bludgeoned and shot, and the women brutally raped. So begins the story of an horrific and baffling crime. What followed was a hopelessly bungled investigation, and the crime remained unsolved. Fear and mistrust rocked the farming community, and theories abo... View more info

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Murder Mystery and Massacre: Chilling Stories from our Pioneering Past

By: Tony Matthews

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press: 2017

Seller ID: A1325

ISBN: 1925522369

Condition: New


Murder Mystery and Massacre: Chilling Stories from our Pioneering Past. Imagine what it would be like to be trapped deep underground, surrounded by nothing but rock and a fortune in gold, but also to have no way out - no hope of survival. What would have been going through the mind of the SS Gothenburg's captain when he ralized that his beautiful ship - laden with gold, was heading straight for the bottom of the sea? These extraordinary stories and many more are described vividly in Murder, Mystery and Massacre - Chilling stories from our Pioneering Past. There are astonishing stories of m... View more info