In January 1889,Louisa Collins,a 41-year-old mother of ten children,became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.Both of Louisa’s husbands died suddenly.The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community,put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR tIMES in order to get a conviction.Louisa protested her innocence until the end.
Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial.Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter,May,who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand.The historical context is also important: Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law except when it came to the gallows.Women could not vote or stand for parliament or sit on juries.There were no female politicians and no women judges.Against this background,a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa’s life,arguing that a legal system comprised only of men male judges,all-male jury,male prosecutor,governor and Premier could not with any integrity hang a woman.the tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House.Less than 15 years after Louisa was hanged.Australian women would become some of the first in the world to get the vote. they would take seats in State parliament,and in Canberra they would become doctors,lawyers,judges,premiers even the Prime Minister.
AUTHOR: CAROLINE OVERINGTON
TITLE: LAST WOMAN HANGED
GENRE:True Crime Story,History & Crime
From the Author,CAROLINE OVERINGTON : My hope is that Last Woman Hanged will be read not only as a true crime story but as a letter of profound thanks to that generation of women who fought so hard for the rights we still enjoy today.’
Henry Graves has dedicated his life to the prison service,but he is unprepared for the challenge his new and secret assignment brings.Tasked with managing a government facility hidden deep in the countryside,Henry finds himself tested as never before: by the confused and frightened prisoners,by the sinister Dr Silk and,above all,by his conscience.Tom Clarke,a precocious but naive journalist, has his own problems meanwhile. His career and his life is turned upside down by the arrival of Julia Priestley,who seeks his help in finding her estranged husband,Arthur,an innocent dentist who has been arrested under severe new anti-terrorism legislation.The authorities admit they have taken him but will not say where he is being held or why.Discovering a trail that implicates those at the very top of government,Tom and Julia begin a quest to find Arthur,and the truth about his incarceration. But some people will stop at nothing to keep the facility’s secret hidden,and soon the couple find themselves fighting for their lives …
AUTHOR: SIMON LELIC
TITLE: THE FACILITY
Failed surgeon David McBride is in exile from the surgical community after making a costly error in judgment.Down but not out,he perseveres and is given a second chance to establish a career in surgery.But,as McBride stands on the threshold of a new life,the malignant underside of his fellow man intervenes.Under the threat of violence,David is forced to perform illegal organ harvests in a makeshift operating room hidden in a dilapidated meatpacking warehouse in lower Manhattan.Unable to resolve the excruciating moral dilemma faced each time he invades the body of an unwilling victim,David McBride fights to free himself from the situation and in the process,loses everything.When he finally loses the last shred of his humanity,he seeks revenge with surgical precision … and instrumentation.
AUTHOR: RICHARD VAN ANDERSON
TITLE: THE ORGAN TAKERS
Ed Boothe was convicted of killing more than half a dozen girls.It is believed he killed many,many more.His methods were brutal and documented here,along with his fascination of collecting body parts.Up until he execution,he showed no remorse for his acts.
AUTHOR: MATT SHAW
TITLE: DIARY OF A DEAD MAN
Vivacious Debbie Flores was a college educated Washington Redskins cheerleader when she headed for “Sin City.” It was a smart move for the aspiring showgirl who’d soon be making her star-making solo debut at the legendary Luxor. But after the morning rehearsals of December 12, 2010, no one saw Debbie alive again.
A cryptic text message she left for her mother led authorities to Debbie’s charismatic boyfriend,Jason “Blu” Griffith. A fellow Vegas dancer,Blu was hiding a terrible secret.It involved a rental van,bags of cement, two plastic tubs,and a handsaw.When the details of the crime unfolded,everyone asked: how could a girl with such passion and promise come to an end so violent and unexpected? In time, the truth would reveal a life more tumultuous than believed and what exactly transpired on Debbie’s tragic final day would stun the nation.
TITLE: DANCING ON HER GRAVE
AUTHOR: DIANA MONTANE AND CAROLINA SARASSA
Dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.
From the book: “For years he’d stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as “throwaway kids”–hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was ever parent’s worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about … the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows.”
AUTHOR: STEVE JACKSON
The shattering crime story that shocked the nation: the Thomas Capano murder case
On a June evening in 1996, 30-year-old Anne Marie Fahey, secretary to the governor of Delaware, vanished without a trace following a restaurant rendezvous with her secret lover of more than two years: Thomas Capano. One of Wilmington’s most prominent and respected figures, a millionaire attorney and former state prosecutor, “Tommy” was a charming, soft spoken family man. But in the weeks and months that followed Fahey’s disappearance, investigators would gradually uncover the shocking truth: Capano was a steely manipulator driven by power and greed — and capable of brutal murder. In a riveting narrative expertly documented by probing interviews, diary entries, and email correspondence, and with superb insight into the twisted motivations of a killer, Ann Rule chronicles a real-life drama of Shakespearean proportions: ambitions fall, love turns to obsession, family names are tainted, the façade of success crumbles — and a beautiful but vulnerable young woman pays the ultimate price in a convoluted and deadly relationship.
TITLE: AND NEVER LET HER GO
AUTHOR: ANN RULE