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  • Inside the Walls of Pentridge Prison
  • By: James Phelps
  • Narrated by: Silas Aiton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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By: James Phelps
Narrated by: Silas Aiton
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Publisher's Summary

'Pentridge was a place of murder and mayhem. A bluestone hell. The worst prison Australia has ever seen.' Andrew Kirby, former inmate

Welcome to Pentridge, Australia's most infamous prison.

In the long-awaited return to his bestselling true crime series on life behind bars, James Phelps has finally turned his attention to HM Prison Pentridge—the bluestone behemoth that was home to Victoria's worst criminals for more than a century.

Beginning with a gang of guards and a handful of convicts, for more than 145 years Pentridge housed a who's who of Australian criminals and Melbourne's underworld including Ned Kelly and Mark 'Chopper' Read.

From solving the mystery of Ned Kelly's missing skull to the shocking truth about who really cut off Chopper's ears—Australia's Most Infamous Jail includes true and uncensored accounts of inmates (including a convicted serial killer, a mass murderer and the real Romper Stomper), guards, archaeologists and even a former governor-general. This is gritty true crime storytelling, on steroids—about what life was really like behind the bluestone walls of Pentridge.

©2024 James Phelps (P)2024 HarperCollins Publishers

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Too much history

Not quite what I expected. I thought there would be more recent stories but well over half of the book still dwelled in the 19th century. People listening to this genre tend to want the recent stuff.

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Fantastic read

Such an impressive, in depth look at Australia’s dark penal history. Truely fantastic, wish there was more.

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