The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia?. (Google eBook)

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Allen & Unwin, 2011 - True Crime - 296 pages
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Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they take on a legendary status, and Adelaide seems to have had more than its fair share of them. The whole nation remembers the disappearance of the Beaumont children, the ghastly Snowtown murders where the dismembered bodies were found in barrels in a disused bank vault, and the so called Family murders perpetrated by Bevan Spencer van Einem, with its trail of conspiracy theories, rumour and innuendo, and other crimes just as notorious. Award winning novelist and journalist, Stephen Orr, rounds up the infamous crimes of his native city and looks beyond the myth to the tragic sadness, badness and madness of violent crime and its consequences. Why Adelaide? Read Cruel City and find out.
  

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User Review  - spbooks - LibraryThing

This is a horrible little book - in the sense that is filled with gut churning descriptions of some of the infamous crime that has occurred in the beautiful city of Adelaide. It's not the sort of book ... Read full review

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Intriguingly creepy but well told tales of crime in my home city Read full review

Contents

Botched hangings and poisoned milk
1
Part I The Darkest and Cruelest Minds
15
Part II Inglorious Partnerships
121
Part III Trust and Abuse
229
An undeserved reputation?
265
Bibliography
269
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About the author (2011)

Stephen Orr is best known as a literary novelist. A+U published his first novel, Attempts to Draw Jesus. He is a regular contributor to the Adelaide Review. This is his first attempt at commercial non-fiction, he brings the eye of a practised novelist, and a style that will reach out to a wide book readership.

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