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Unmaking a Murder : The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney : Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award for True Crime - Graham Archer

Unmaking a Murder : The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney

Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award for True Crime

Paperback Published: 28th August 2017
ISBN: 9780143784050
Number Of Pages: 368

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An investigation into an intriguing murder case and an unprecedented account of how the decisions made by organs of government can be defended and mistakes covered up.

Anna-Jane Cheney worked at the epicentre of the conservative Adelaide legal community. She was vivacious, popular and talented, with an impeccable middle-class upbringing. The man she loved, Henry Vincent Keogh, was a divorced 39-year-old Irish migrant with three children. She died just six weeks before their wedding date.

According to the prosecution, Keogh had planned the drowning murder of Anna-Jane 18 months in advance. He had taken out five insurance policies amounting to $1.2 million over his fiancUe's life and forged her signature on them.

Journalist Graham Archer became fascinated by the case. It wasn't a matter of Henry Keogh's guilt or innocence, but that a man could be sentenced to life in prison without him having received a fair trial. The story became an odyssey for Graham. Deliberately, he had no contact with Henry Keogh in the 13 years it took to have the case reviewed by the Supreme Court and have his conviction quashed.

In the end dogged determination prevailed, and after 20 years behind bars Henry Keogh was released.

About the Author

Graham Archer is an investigative reporter and producer who has worked for the ABC, Channel 9 and is now Director, News and Public Affairs, SA for channel 7.

An essential read for lovers of true crime


One of my worst fears would have to be spending a lifetime in prison for a crime I did not commit. For Henry Keogh, this nightmare became reality in 1995. For people aware of the tragic death of Anna-Jane Cheney and the absolute miscarriage of justice that followed, this book is a must-read. Incredibly informative though at times incredibly frustrating, this book follows Graham Archer's relentless crusade to right the wrongful conviction of Henry Keogh and highlight the bureaucratic incompetence that plagued South Australia for decades.




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ISBN: 9780143784050
ISBN-10: 0143784056
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th August 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49