The case of Arnold Karl Soderman is one of the most remarkable in the criminal annals of  20th century Australia. No matter what angle – legal, medical or from the layman’s point of view – it presents startling drama and raises challenging questions. The macabre story of the killing of four young children, one only six years old; the tragedy of two men charged with the crimes of which they were guiltless; the situation of a father confronted with an unfounded allegation of the ferocious murder of his daughter; the spectacle of honest witnesses  mistakenly testifying as to the identity of an accused man so as to bring  the object of their accusations within the shadow of the gallows; the fight for the life of the killer through the hierarchy of the Australian Court System up to the Privy Council; the decision to hang the accused, declared by two government doctor and another highly qualified psychiatrist to have been insane at the time of the killings; and the carrying out of the sentence all combine to make a story which calls for the telling. Co-author J.P. Bourke was Counsel for the Defence in this case 1935-1936