True Crime

Johanna Leggatt reviews 'Waiting for Elijah' by Kate Wild

Johanna Leggatt
25 May 2018

In a 2017 essay for the Guardian, author Charlotte Wood spoke about the shame artists often feel when they discover a distinguishing characteristic in their work, something that s More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'A Scandal in Bohemia: The life and death of Mollie Dean' by Gideon Haigh

Anna MacDonald
26 March 2018

A Scandal in Bohemia: The life and death of Mollie Dean is Gideon Haigh’s engrossing account of the circumstances surrounding the unsolved 1930 murder in Elwood of primary schoo More

David Nichols reviews 'Pentridge: Behind the Bluestone Walls' by Don Osborne

David Nicholls
30 March 2016

Last year, a trip to the Pentridge Prison grounds – what's left of them – gave me a hundred insights into the horrors of life in that institution: the close quarters, constant surveillance, poor sanitation, and dependence on interminable, senseless routine, an imagined reform through discipline. These insights gave only a small understanding of the rigours of in ... More

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'All Fall Down' by Matthew Condon

Lyndon Megarrity
29 October 2015

All Fall Down, set in 1980s Queensland, chronicles the direct and indirect links between officials and local criminals exposed by the Fitzgerald Inquiry (1987–89). It is the last volume in a trilogy that largely focuses on police corruption between the 1940s and 1980s, but there is also som ... More

Andrew Nette reviews 'Before I Sleep' by Ray Whitrod

Andrew Nette
30 April 2015

The cover of Ray Whitrod’s re-released autobiography, Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption, strongly hints at a hard-hitting true crime memoir, dominated by the author’s troubled period as Queensland police commissioner from 1970 to 1976, when, as the blurb suggests, the state was ‘a haven for crooks from both sides of the law’. This ... More

Peter Rose reviews 'Joe Cinque's Consolation' by Helen Garner

Peter Rose
02 October 2014

Already, Anu Singh’s story is grimly familiar. Now free again, just thirty-one, she has entered the popular pantheon of malefactors. Her attractive face appears in the newspapers, taut with self-justification. There is talk of a documentary. Notoriety, even a kind of celebrity – that amoral nirvana – is hers.

If Singh’s deepest motivation f ... More

Tony Reeves: The Real George Freeman

Tim Brewer
23 August 2011

A shadowy figure to the end

Tim Brewer

 

The Real George Freeman
by Tony Reeves
Penguin, $29.95 pb, 251 pp, 9781921518720

 

The Sydney crime scene of the 1970s and 1980s – made famous by television’s Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities – is ... More