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Bondi Badlands: The definitive story of Sydney's gay hate murders (2007)

by Greg Callaghan

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Recently, it was reported that the death of a gay man in Manly back in the eighties was being reopened as a cold case. I hope the deaths that are reported in this book also get taken note of. The book is chilling in its portrayal of the way the lives of gay men back in those days was seen as sonehow worthless. Hopefully, the situation has changed. I applaud Greg for writing this book and for the devotion to duty of those who tried to right the wrongs back in those days.
"Suicide" was an easy out for a police force that secretly sympathised with the gangs that roamed the streets. ( )
  AB_Gayle | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Epigraph
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of an eye;
the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Dedication
This book is dedicated to the families and friends of John Russell
and Ross Warren, and the loving long-term partner of
Gilles Mattaini, Jacques Musy.
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In the thick golden light of a setting summer sun, or in the shrouding mist of a winter's dawn, the headland between Bondi and Tamarama beaches in Sydney's east never looks more wild or beautiful.
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I'd kill you like I killed the other poofter in the lane way.
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A grittily compelling look at a series of brutal murders that took place in Sydney's eastern beachside suburbs in the 1980s - this is the extraordinary story of the crimes, the victims, the gangs and the policeman who refused to close the case. A thrilling and compelling story of a horrific series of crimes and one man's single-minded resolve to bring the killers to justice. With blood stains on the walkway and screams often heard late at night, the long concrete pathway skirting the cliff face between the beaches of Bondi and Tamarama in Sydney's Eastern suburbs was dubbed the Bondi Badlands - and it was here in the late 1980s that a handful of young men were dragged to their deaths after nightfall. The slow road to an overdue justice began when Detective Sergeant Stephen Page read a series of letters from a distraught mother of one of the victims. Painstakingly piecing together the dark mural of the murders, he revived the police investigation into the deaths, code-named Operation Taradale. Told with all the excitement and pace of a crime thriller, this story of the Bondi Badlands murders is unputdownable.
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