Drawing on previously unpublished documents and personal accounts — including details of Ryan’s childhood and his early turn to crime — this book reveals the truth about Ryan’s guilt.
Author: Mike Richards
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Category: Biography & Autobiography
JOINT WINNER OF THE 2002 NED KELLY AWARD FOR TRUE CRIME NON-FICTION COMMENDED FOR THE 2003 NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY AWARD Ronald Joseph Ryan was hanged in Melbourne on 3 February 1967, following his conviction for the shooting murder of a prison warder during a daring escape from the maximum-security Pentridge prison thirteen months before. The decision of the Victorian government in December 1966 to proceed with Ryan’s death sentence sparked immediate media condemnation and angry political protests, and put the Liberal premier, Sir Henry Bolte, under siege for the duration of the case. State governments around the country moved to abolish the death penalty in the 1970s and 1980s, and Ronald Ryan became the last man to be hanged in Australia. Today, many years later, the Ryan case still prompts spirited debate about the guilty finding against Ryan, the merits of capital punishment, and the politics behind his execution. But who was Ronald Ryan, and how did he come to be the focus of such dramatic political events? Drawing on previously unpublished documents and personal accounts — including details of Ryan’s childhood and his early turn to crime — this book reveals the truth about Ryan’s guilt. It also goes behind the scenes to tell for the first time of the life-long anguish of the judge who pronounced the death sentence, the inner workings of the secret cabinet meeting that decided Ryan’s fate, and the dramatic political process that resulted in the rejection of eleventh-hour appeals to save Ryan. Mike Richards first became involved in the case as the leader of student protests against Ryan’s execution. Now he has written a masterly, compelling account that retrieves the individual and the drama at the centre of the most divisive capital case in Australia’s history. Through the depth of its original research and the persuasiveness of its insights, Mike Richards’ award-winning biography of Ronald Ryan provides a definitive account of the life and death of the man whose execution stopped a nation. PRAISE FOR MIKE RICHARDS ‘Richards has brought us the definitive account: cool, thoroughly researched and fair, meticulously fair.’ The Bulletin
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Author: Steven Anderson
Publisher: Springer Nature
Category: Social Science
This book provides a comprehensive overview of capital punishment in the Australian colonies for the very first time. The author illuminates all aspects of the penalty, from shortcomings in execution technique, to the behaviour of the dying criminal, and the antics of the scaffold crowd. Mercy rates, execution numbers, and capital crimes are explored alongside the transition from public to private executions and the push to abolish the death penalty completely. Notions of culture and communication freely pollinate within a conceptual framework of penal change that explains the many transformations the death penalty underwent. A vast array of sources are assembled into one compelling argument that shows how the ‘lesson’ of the gallows was to be safeguarded, refined, and improved at all costs. This concise and engaging work will be a lasting resource for students, scholars, and general readers who want an in-depth understanding of a long feared punishment. Dr. Steven Anderson is a Visiting Research Fellow in the History Department at The University of Adelaide, Australia. His academic research explores the role of capital punishment in the Australian colonies by situating developments in these jurisdictions within global contexts and conceptual debates.
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Author: Mark Finnane
Publisher: UNSW Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Biography of J.V. Barry, jurist and founder of criminology in Australia.
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such as Mike Richards' exhaustive study of the politics surrounding the life and death of Ronald Ryan, the last man executed in Victoria, The Hanged Man (2003
Author: R. Rhodes
Category: Political Science
The Australian Study of Politics provides the first comprehensive reference book on the history of the study of politics in Australia, whether described as political studies or political science. It focuses on Australia and on developments since WWII, also exploring the historical roots of each major subfield.
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Author: Joan Berzoff
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
The first resource on end-of-life care for healthcare practitioners who work with the terminally ill and their families, Living with Dying begins with the narratives of five healthcare professionals, who, when faced with overwhelming personal losses altered their clinical practices and philosophies. The book provides ways to ensure a respectful death for individuals, families, groups, and communities and is organized around theoretical issues in loss, grief, and bereavement and around clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups. Living with Dying addresses practice with people who have specific illnesses such as AIDS, bone marrow disease, and cancer and pays special attention to patients who have been stigmatized by culture, ability, sexual orientation, age, race, or homelessness. The book includes content on trauma and developmental issues for children, adults, and the aging who are dying, and it addresses legal, ethical, spiritual, cultural, and social class issues as core factors in the assessment of and work with the dying. It explores interdisciplinary teamwork, supervision, and the organizational and financing contexts in which dying occurs. Current research in end-of-life care, ways to provide leadership in the field, and a call for compassion, insight, and respect for the dying makes this an indispensable resource for social workers, healthcare educators, administrators, consultants, advocates, and practitioners who work with the dying and their families.
A biographic reference to notable people in Australia. Entrants are drawn from all areas of Australian life, including the arts, politics, education, medicine, defence, business, diplomatic service, and recipients of honours and awards.
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Author: Norman Abjorensen
Publisher: Australian Scholary Publishing
The careers of Bolte and Askin are traced here in the context of the Liberal revival and the heightened expectations of the post-war years when the Liberal Party reached an ascendancy. Their leadership is also examined in the broader context of leadership in the Liberal Party, and how they sought voters who were attracted to the non-Labor parties.
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Author: Carmel Bird
Publisher: University of Queensland Press(Australia)
Dr Ambrose Goddard administers LSD, ECT and deep sleep treatment to his patients at Mandala. However, things go wrong when his patient, Vickie Field, dies from a bee sting while meeting other patients in the white garden. Carmel Bird's examination of the secrets of the human mind is a chronicle of tragedy that is inadvertently revealed in the search for a lost library book. It is also a compelling portrait of a doctor whose lust for power is a form of madness.
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from the time of Nero , past medieval torture , past mass ... Brought up by a father
who only despised the hangman more than he despised the murderer , I can now
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As a child in the Mallee in the 1950s, Mike Richards was told the story of Hazel Hood’s tragic disappearance by his grandmother, Hazel’s elder sister, who firmly believed she had been murdered.
Author: Mike Richards
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Category: True Crime
In November 1916, just a few years after Federation and while Australia was at war in Europe, Hazel Hood, the beautiful 18-year-old daughter of a Riverina grazier, went to a local dance and never came home. Her mysterious disappearance caused a sensation in the district around the pioneer settlement of Wakool Crossing, near the Victoria–New South Wales border. The mystery further intensified when, a week later, Hazel’s body — still clothed in her white party dress — was recovered from the Wakool river with a mark of violence upon her head, and her silk scarf tied tightly around her neck. Her disappearance was reported in major daily newspapers as far afield as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, but the mystery of what happened to her was never fully explained. As a child in the Mallee in the 1950s, Mike Richards was told the story of Hazel Hood’s tragic disappearance by his grandmother, Hazel’s elder sister, who firmly believed she had been murdered. Now, almost 100 years after her death, the author takes us with him as he seeks to unravel the mystery and reveal the truth about what happened to Hazel Hood — an unassuming, fun-loving, and caring girl, and a favourite in the district.
Author: Australia. Parliament. House of RepresentativesPublish On: 1996
He is proposing to may eventually hasten the death of the pa- refer this bill to a
select committee which will tient . ... If a adult has the right to refuse treatment in
general and life sustaining medical treatment months to travel around Australia
and hear the in particular . ... to patients mates in gaol including Ronald Ryan ,
the last seeking euthanasia I think it would be very man to be hanged in Australia
Author: Australia. Parliament. House of Representatives