Sins of the Brother

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Nov 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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Like the Beaumont children and the Azaria Chamberlain cases before it, the backpacker murder case in Belanglo State Forest has entered Australian criminal folklore. Seven young people, most of them foreigners backpacking around Australia, brutally murdered, their remains uncovered in 1992 and 1993. It would take scores of police over three years, countless hours of forensic investigation, thousands of false leads and a few precious clues to charge and convict Ivan Milat for their horrific deaths.

"Sins of the Brother" is the definitive work on Ivan Milat, his family and the murders. Almost four years in the making, informed by exclusive interviews with members of the Milat family, key police investigators and Crown lawyers, this book reveals a family culture so bizarre it would lead inexorably to murder. It also scrutinises the police investigation–its remarkable success and failures, the dramatic turning point and the backbiting and bitterness that followed Milat's arrest.

Thought-provoking, totally unsalacious, an exploration of the darker side of Australian life as a whole, "Sins of the Brother" is a detailed and gripping read–a psychological thriller come to life.

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Review: Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders

User Review  - Letitia Webb - Goodreads

The Backpacker murders are a chilling part of Australian history and this book captures the horror and fear Ivan Milat struck in the hearts of, not just Australians, but the world. Very well written and researched. It also begs the question, Did Ivan Milat act alone? Read full review

Review: Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders

User Review  - Amy Johnston - Goodreads

Information v. good, writing style annoying in parts Read full review

About the author (2007)

Mark Whittaker has been writing crime and investigative stories for the past ten years. Mark is a staff writer for The Australian Magazine.

Les Kennedy has been a journalist for twenty years and chief crime reporter with The Daily Telegraph for the past twelve. Recently, he moved to The Sydney Morning Herald where he is the chief police reporter.

Les and Mark also co-wrote "Granny Killer: The Story of John Glover" in 1992. They both live in Sydney.

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