By Robert Cox
The most recent paintings from acclaimed ancient writer Robert Cox, A Compulsion to Kill is a dramatic chronological account of 19th-century Tasmanian serial murderers. by no means earlier than published in such intensity, the tale is the fruits of intensive learn and adept craftsmanship because it probes the essence of either the crimes and the killers themselves.
starting in 1806 with Australia’s first serial killers, John Brown and Richard Lemon, A Compulsion to Kill recounts the tales of Alexander Pearce, ‘the cannibal convict’; Thomas Jeffrey, a sadist, sexual predator, cannibal, and baby-killer referred to as ‘the monster’; Charles Routley, who burnt one in every of his sufferers alive; cannibal convicts Broughton and McAvoy; Rocky Whelan, who in twenty-four days slew 5 males in chilly blood; and John Haley, who killed 3 humans in matches of rage. the ultimate bankruptcy investigates the still-unsolved Parkmount murders, 3 killings for which the 2 possible culprits two times confronted court docket, basically to be discharged because of defective police research and overlooked evidence.
each one of these tales have by no means been instructed prior to, and none has formerly been similar with such aspect and verifiable accuracy. A decided storyteller, Cox provides a supremely dramatic page-turner within the real crime style.
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Extra resources for A Compulsion to Kill. The Surprising Story of Australia's Earliest Serial Killers
When and how the authorities at the northern settlement learnt that Brown and Lemon had slain three soldiers is unrecorded. Curry’s body would have been discovered soon after his murder, but Grindlestone’s and Daniels’s bodies may never have been found. 27 But once the details were known, Paterson offered a reward of £50 for Brown and Lemon’s capture and sent out several parties in search of them. Although some reportedly stayed afield for up to six weeks, all returned empty-handed. Nevertheless, time was fast running out for John Brown and 26 Journal of the Land Commissioners for Van Diemen’s Land 1826-28, Hobart, University of Tasmania/Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 1962, p.
Pearce confirmed his identity to the shepherd, Tom Triffett, who took the fugitive to his hut, fed him, and ‘with the tenderness of a Saint’ cared for him until Pearce regained some of his strength. After five days he felt well enough to move on. He was familiar with the general area from his days as a bushranger after his May 1822 abscondence. Taking some provisions with him, he made his way to another hut, one he himself had built about six months earlier, in which he had stowed some stores.
32 2. The Man-Eater: Alexander Pearce Cane. During that time, on 7 July, he appeared as a witness in a case in which three other convicts were accused of assaulting and stealing clothing from Hugh Morgan in Melville Street, Hobart. Morgan subsequently quizzed Pearce, believing he knew the men responsible, and offered him a reward for information. Pearce soon returned some of the stolen property to him, although he himself had an alibi. As he told the magistrate, as a convict he was confined in the watch-house from sunset to sunrise and was there on the night Morgan was robbed.
A Compulsion to Kill. The Surprising Story of Australia's Earliest Serial Killers by Robert Cox