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Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Femme Fatale of the Australian Underworld

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The newspapers called her 'Australia's most beautiful bad woman' and she was deadly to know... This is the story of 'Pretty' Dulcie Markham, a key figure of the underworld of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, who, according to one crime reporter, 'saw more violence and death than any other woman in Australia's history'. Nicknamed the 'Black Widow' and 'Angel of Death' by the ...more
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Published May 20th 2019 by ABC Books
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Dulcie May Markham was the glamour woman of Australian crime, known on the streets as ‘Pretty Dulcie’.’

Dulcie May Markham (27 February 1914 – 20 April 1976) was a key figure in the underworlds of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during the period between the early 1930s to the mid-1950s. She also visited Perth. During this period, she had close to 100 convictions with offences ranging from driving without a licence, drunkenness, prostitution and vagrancy. But unlike many of her associates, Dulcie
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

Dulcie Markham might have been known as "deadly to know" according to newspaper accounts from the time, but all these years later, it's more striking how little is really known about a woman who was notorious at the time. Coming from the same era as Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, Markham was young when she left home, got involved in the Sydney underworld of the 1920's, and young (only 62) when she died. She lived a life blighted by violence, and loss, a prostitute by the age of 15, a gangster's "m

Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Historian Leigh Straw has been working on the underworld in Sydney between the 1920s and 1950s for some time. This book forms the third part of a trilogy. ...It is interesting to see how the sources available have shaped this story. Dulcie Markham was certainly talked and written about, and her police file was bulky, but she herself rarely spoke to reporters and there is virtually nothing written by Markham herself. As a result, Dulcie’s story was completely embedded within the stories of other ...more
Elyse Crawford
Jul 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had been looking forward to this book coming out, I was very disappointed when I did read it.
This book is a bit all over the place, it’s giving too much information into things that don’t really have much significance into the story. It also jumps all over in the timeline of events too.
I wouldn’t recommend this book unfortunately.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, history
Angel Of Death: Dulcie Markham, Australia's most beautiful bad woman

I heard about Angel of Death from a podcast Conversations which airs on ABC in Australia. The author was discussing the book and its subject. You can listen to the author Leigh Straw on Conversations. It's often the case that my interest in books is piqued by an interview with the author. This is apparently the third in a series of books on women in the Australian underworld during the 1920’s and !930’s. The other title s focu
Jesse Fleay
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I find it not profound that a woman of such clear intellect suffered penalties that were politically engineered to foster a dull, ubiquitously oppressive social order. I find it profound that such a woman’s story has been less popular than men of that era who were nowhere near as interesting. We are lucky to have an author like Straw, to ensure that such a story endures. Research is truly rigorous, setting her authorship above the hyperbole and fanciful assumption of other authors in this genre.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to agree with the reviews, this book kept going back and forth and because i wasnt reading in one sitting, i sometimes had to reread a few pages.

Pity there was not much information on her daughter. I dont get why police not jail her initially.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
What starts off as enticing, dwindles quickly and easily.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book was a little like reading a newspaper, very little about the "heroine", possibly because I don't think much was known about her private life. It seemed to be just a list of her crimes and criminal friends. In the end I couldn't be bothered to finish it and went onto something else.
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