Murder & Misconduct

$20.00

In late 1898, the murders of four people horrified the nation of Australia.  Those murders – of Alfred Hill near Oxley and Michael, Nora, and Ellen Murphy near Gatton, remain unresolved.  In both cases, the conduct of the police was so appalling it resulted in calling for a Royal Commission. In 1902, a policeman and a station manager were murdered in the Carnarvon Ranges – Pat Kenniff was hanged, having been found guilty, and his brother James had his hanging sentence commuted to life imprisonment. Once again,  the actions of the police were analysed by the public. Questions are still being raised as to whether those two brothers were actually guilty and puts forth the question as to where, how, and if, the mysterious Thomas Day fits into these crimes.

 

There are intriguing links between all three crimes – the circumstances of the Gatton and Carnarvon Ranges murders being particularly sadistic.

 

This book is an introduction before the release of a much more comprehensive volume which will deal with all three crimes in greater detail.

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Price:                $20.00

Postage:          $7.45 per book via tracking satchel. Allow 2 days despatch after receipt of payment.

Book Size:      228mm x 152mm

Pages:               178

Author:            Cheryl Fagan

ISBN:                9781925388800 (paperback)

ABN:                 19 794 302 656

Dewey No:      364.152309943

Review:

Cheryl Fagan, in a prequel to a definitive text on the subject has written an easy to read account of these three horrific murders and examined the evidence against possible murderers. She has expressed her own views on the identity of the murderer (s) and as three victims were involved in the Gatton murders, it is probable that more than one person was involved in the crime. The author also notes that the Kenniff brothers and other associates, were suspects in the Gatton murders, and she also examines the inadequacy of the police investigations into both the Gatton and Oxley murders. This book excites the juices and it is enough to make an enquiring mind undertake further research and to read her final work.

Stephen Sheaffe
Barrister at Law