A true insider's story of the Backpacker Murders from the detective who led the team that arrested Ivan Milat.
Milat - the serial killer who preyed on young hitchhikers. The backpackers - the innocent victims of a brutal murderer. Belanglo - a place that became synonymous with pure evil.
It was the biggest and most complex manhunt in Australian history, an investigation that gripped a nation. Behind the many false leads and dead ends, precious clues emerged that pointed to one man.
This is the story of how Ivan Milat was caught. Clive Small takes us inside the operation he led as his team painstakingly pieced together the evidence that put Milat behind bars. But questions remain. Did he act alone? Were there other victims? How much did his family know? And what of his great-nephew, who brutally killed a young man in 2010?
Chilling, forensic, compassionate - this is the definitive story that could only be told by someone at the centre of the police operation. It is also a powerful argument for the investigation of more than a hundred unsolved murders.
About the Author
Clive Small is a former detective and Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Police. His investigations included the murder of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay, the Nugan Hand bank, the shooting of police officer Michael Drury, the murder of Cabramatta MP John Newman and the backpacker murders which led to Ivan Milat being convicted. Clive Small and Tom Gilling are the authors of the highly successful Smack Express, Blood Money and Betrayed.
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- Worth reading for those with genuine interest in the case.
- Mr.Small( in some cases) provides more detail of the crime scene/surrounding area than you will read in Kennedys "Sins of the Father".
However some of the conclusion Small draws on the case I do not agree with,
and neither do:
Dr. Milton (forensic psychologist involved)
and many of the respected Snr detectives involved in the case.
many things point to there being another (or others) involved in the killings, but that something Small still refuses to acknowledge.
Clive small has written a fascinating and extensive coverage of the backpacker murders and how police investigated the crime. It was very interesting, informative and a book I would read again. Readers felt they were there with police every part of the way...Excellent!
very discriptive and easy to read, if you love reading true crime this book is a must.
Well written and very informative.
Fascinating yet sobering insight into abhorrent human behaviour. * Daily Telegraph * Fans of TV legal thrillers will lap up this story with its nitty-gritty detective work, tumultuous false leads and dead ends, courtroom drama and prison scenarios. * Sunday Age *
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1