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  • Often, the most unlikely people have committed murder and the motives for murder are infinitely varied. Dr. Schmalzbach - consulting psychiatrist to the N.S.W. Government - examines twelve notable murders of the 1960s in which he was professionally consulted as a matter of course.   The motives were different in all cases, and in all cases the mental state of the accused at the time the crime was committed  had been called in question - usually by the defence.                                                                                                                                 Dr. Schmalzbach posited that since there were some evil men, then logically, there must be some evil women. What he called the  'Delilah' syndrome was behaviour in some women that led them to behave in a way that incited violence in their partners. An brief summary published in the Sydney Morning Herald on this presentation that was to be made at an international conference in December 1982 caused a group of individual militant feminists to demand Dr. Schmalzbach's dismissal on the grounds that he was obviously a misogynist. They achieved their aim - he was dismissed, the reason being given that he had exceeded the statutory age specified for his position.
  • Here is thirty years of painstaking research into the real identity of the world's most infamous serial killer and its cover-up by the authorities. Who was the convicted killer and escaped lunatic at large in London's East End during the Whitechapel Murders of 1888? How do his alias and profession link him to the notorious first letter from 'Jack the Ripper'? What was the 'Divine Plan' he referred to before he escaped from Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in 1888? Why did the London Police fail to catch him - although they knew who he was - and how did he remain on the run for forty years? Why are 'Prisoner 1167's' government files still classified almost sixty years after his death and sealed until 2030? What are the similarities between his murder of his wife in 1883 and the Ripper killings in 1888? Why was Broadmoor contacted about this man immediately after the most gruesome of the Ripper murders? Why does this man, the only suspect the Home Office mentioned by name, never appear in either case records or the press? James Tully reveals what he believes to be the identity of the world's most notorious serial killer.  One for the serious Ripper buff.

  • The author took the unusual step of writing this book of case histories with the comments of children and young people who came before him in his capacity as a Childrens' Court magistrate. Some of the stories are horrifying and given without any 'glossing over' of the horror; some of the offences were committed by children, many against children but it is clear that everything possible was done to help the child become  a member of the community again. These are stories of rape, drug addiction, perversion. incest, corruption, prostitution - and of children who deliberately committed offences to get to Court to settle their own problems. These children will haunt the reader - all innocent victims of parents, their environment, ignorance or predatory monsters.  The title page contains a warning to parents...
  • Margaret Clement was known as the Lady of the Swamp.  She and her sister Jeanie had enjoyed a life of luxurious ease in the early decades of the 1900s,  a social whirl, trips around the world and even a presentation at Court.  No expense was spared. But it was not to last. Their brother James, who had managed the abundant property of Tullaree - bought in 1907 from the proceeds of their late father's estate - went to war and the two women, with little idea of how to run the property, fell prey to unscrupulous farm managers, creditors and rustlers who broke down their fences. The rich pastures, once kept in check by prime cattle, began to flood and drainage was neglected. Yet the sisters continued their extravagant lifestyle. Over the years several mortgages were taken out by the sisters, grimly determined to hang onto the remnant of past glories. The roof leaked, the windows were smashed, the once-picturesque gardens were overrun by blackberries and the sisters wore their tattered finery to rags. Margaret waded through a kilometre of swamp water three times a week to the nearest town for supplies. Jeanie died in 1950 and Margaret lived on alone in the ruins, without gas, electricity or running water. Then in May 1952, during a period of particularly wet and violent weather, she vanished. At first it was believed that she had slipped and drowned in the ever-encroaching swamp...but then it transpired that she had disinherited her nephew - and that her neighbour had recently given her a generous mortgage on the property...In June 1980, a skeleton was found in the area but it was not Margaret Clements. The case is inactive, but still open. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Melbourne, in the bleak winter of 1942. The American presence has aroused mostly gratitude, but also feelings of envy at their success with the local girls. On the surface, G.I. Eddie Leonski is a fitness fanatic, known for his strength and good looks; within, his soul is tortured by the memory of his childhood experiences.   His external character is in command until he starts to drink heavily - in  an alcoholic stupor his mind gives in to those pressing memories and on his lonely, drunken wanderings at night, he takes a twisted, savage revenge on the women of Melbourne. One after another is murdered with terrifying brutality; the police are baffled; until Leonski awakens to his Jekyll and Hyde personality and confesses to his only friend. This is not a serial killer of fiction; these were real - and tragic - events.
  • From 1927 until the mid-1940s, three of the toughest women on the criminal scene ruled the underworld with iron fists. Kate Leigh, the sly grog queen, Nellie Cameron, beauty queen  and Tilly Devine - bordello queen - battled it out to become the Queen of the Underworld.  They clawed their way up, using wit, courage - and in Nellie's case, sex appeal - to dominate the wildest and hardest men into servitude.  The war of the ladies fuelled the razor gang wars of Darlinghurst (known to the locals as 'Razorhurst') through their most violent years and the area was headquarters for many mobs.  The ladies themselves racked up an impressive 384 convictions between them.   The story is told by 'Pinto Pete' who between 1932 and 1940, lived a double life - that a clean-living, athletic young man and as a member of the dreaded Darlilnghurst Push, who terrorised East Sydney with gun, blade razor and knuckle. He knew all the secrets of the ladies - he lived with them, worked with them and in the case of Nellie and Tilly, became their lover. With black and white photos.
  • At the end of 1831, authorities unearthed a series of crimes at 3 Novia Scotia Gardens that appeared to be a copycat of the infamous Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh only three years earlier.  Soon three body-snatchers were on trial for providing the anatomy schools of London with suspiciously fresh bodies for dissection.  They became famous as the London Burkers and their story was dubbed "The Italian Boy" case.  The ensuing uproar forced legislation to end body-snatching in Britain.  As well as covering the actual case, this book is a fascinating window on the lives of the poor of 1830s London.
  • With such intriguing chapters as: The Riddle of the Bordereau (the Dreyfus case); Murder in High Society (the murder of Stanford White and the affair of Evelyn Stanford nee Nesbit and Harry Thaw) ; the Tragedy of Oscar Slater (the murder of Marion Gilchrist); The Original Winslow Boy (the tragedy caused by the theft of a five shilling postal order); A Matter of High Treason (Roger Casement); The Green Bicycle Mystery (the murder of Bella Wright) ; Buccaneer in Morning Coat (Horatio Bottomley, swindler par excellence) ; The Incredible Fire Raisers (the Leopold Harris arson gang) ; Justice Comes To Nuremburg; The Double Betrayal (the case of Klaus Fuchs); Teenagers On A Roof (the thrill-killing of a police man in London, 1952) ; The Great Train Robbers.
  • Australia has had its fair share of murders - the grisly, the macabre, the humdrum, the unsolved and the controversial. Men have been hanged who perhaps should never have been convicted; men have gone free who perhaps should have been found guilty.  Just the chapter headings alone are enough to entice the reader: The Crimson Feather; Roadside Nightmare - the murder of a courting couple by William Moxley; The Pyjama Girl case, still unsolved to this day; The Walking Corpse ( dubbed the 'Mutilator Murders') and more.