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Gun Alley

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"Gun Alley is the riveting story of how botched policework, trial by media and lynch-law hysteria spawned a staggering conspiracy to convict and hang an innocent man, and reveals for the first time the vital clues -- missed in the original investigation -- that point, more than 80 years on, to the true killer."
Published (first published May 1st 2012)
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Trevor
May 17, 2009 Trevor rated it it was amazing
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This is part of what is my telling of this story. I have taken friends on walks around Melbourne to the sites of the various key places involved in this story. This story can all too easily become an obsession.

The Gun Alley story almost always begins in the same way. A bottle-o and his daughter are wandering through the early morning streets of the city collecting bottles that have been discarded into the gutters and laneways when they discover the body of a naked twelve year old girl lying on t
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Ann
Apr 26, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was especially intriguing to me because where I work is less than half a block from both where the murder took place and where the body was found. I read it during my lunch breaks at work, so was often in the very streets, lanes and the arcade (now Southern Cross Lane) where the action in the book was happening.

And although I already knew that the man who was hanged for the murder was "pardoned" ten years ago (only 86 years too late), as I read the book I was not at all convinced of hi
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Josie
Jan 25, 2014 Josie rated it it was amazing
This fascinating book is a thoroughly researched and well written account of the Gun Alley murder of Alma Tirtschke in Melbourne 1921. It includes a wealth of information not only about the murder itself but gives compelling insight into the many characters and the community surrounding the case. It exposes many flaws in the case against Colin Ross and makes it clear that trial by media is not a new phenomenon. I loved the book and found it was an engaging read that left me feeling great ...more
Ellen
Jul 22, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly absorbing account of a murder and subsequent miscarriage of justice. This book is also steeped in the personality of 20th century Melbourne, making it a fascinating history lesson for anyone familiar with the city.
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