Red Centre, Dark Heart

Red Centre, Dark Heart Author : Evan McHugh
Country : Australia

This overview of true crimes as they have occurred in the Australian Bush and Outback over two centuries of colonization paints the terrain as a lawless heart of darkness where crime can go unnoticed and unpunished.

This overview of true crimes as they have occurred in the Australian Bush and Outback over two centuries of colonization paints the terrain as a lawless heart of darkness where crime can go unnoticed and unpunished. Indeed, in these stark, harsh but beautiful surroundings some of the most shocking and fascinating crimes in Australian history have been committed. Different chapters chronologically describe individual episodes in a matter-of-fact way, and explore murders, disappearances and manhunts in remote Australia. It starts out with a convict escape in Tasmania in 1822, focusing on the cannibalism the escapee Alexander Pearce resorted to in order to survive. It moves on to the 1870s to address the practice of cattle rustling in remote areas, then to the notorious, outlawed Ned Kelly Gang in Victoria of the late 1970s, and the retaliation of Jimmy Governor against his racist surroundings in the early 1900s. In 1940 the disappearance of a mine worker gave the police a lot of trouble before the crime was solved, and also in the 1940s the Central Desert location of Alice Springs was affected by a series of bomb explosions. The Aborigene tracker Larry Boy was instrumental in solving a case of disappearance, and Local Aboriginal people were called upon to employ their bush skills to help find Azaria Chamberlain in 1980. In 1989 a series of backpacker disappearances lead to a shocking discovery in the bush, and the book finishes with the case of Peter Falconio, who vanished from the roadside in the middle of the Australian outback in 2001.

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