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 100 unsolved murders.
©2014 Clive Small and Tom Gilling (P)2016 Bolinda
Well read with fascinating detail and insight into what occurred behind the scenes, behind the headlines that we all read back then. I couldn't put this one down.
Learning about the family involvement.
Scared me a little.
A gruesome part of Australian history that people should know about. Milat is behind bars forever but I'd be more worried about certain family members.
If you've ever wanted to really know about Milat, then getting it straight from the investigators perspective is a great start. This is a great book. Well worth listening to. Part 1 focuses on Milat and is intensely interesting. Part 2 revolves around a Milat but diverges off into discussions of other unrelated yet noteworthy crimes in NSW. The discussion of those crimes in this book seems out of place.
I recently listened to a podcast where NSW Police were ridiculed for their failure to act when the Paul Onions attack was reported. That criticism is just and accurate. Small brushes it off as though it was inconsequential and unlikely to have diverted Milat from his murderous journey. This is the standard rebuttal of a commissioned NSW Police Officer to criticism and its sad to see that style enter the literature. It does the book no favours.
I would have like to have read more about Milat's motives. Why did he do it? Information from post arrest psychiatric analysis would be a great addition to the book.
Other than this, it's entirely worth reading or listening too
"A story poorly told."
For such a dramatic story, this was one of the dullest, driest, and least organized.
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