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The Killing Streets: Uncovering Australia's first serial murderer (The Australian Crime Vault)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  14 reviews

From the acclaimed author of The Suitcase Baby and The Suicide Bride, the story of a series of horrific murders that began in 1930s Sydney - and a killer who remained at large for over two decades.

In December 1932, as the Depression tightened its grip, the body of a woman was found in Queens Park, Sydney. It was a popular park. There were houses in plain view. Yet this

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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Hachette Australia
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Tanya Bretherton’s previous novel, The Suicide Bride, was shortlisted for the Danger Prize. This acclaimed author returns with another riveting and well told true crime based story. The Killing Streets closely examines a number of horrific murder cases of women that occurred across Sydney in the early 1930s.

Bretherton’s third historical based true crime novel looks at a series of brutal murders that took place in the heart of depression era Sydney. These mur
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Jennifer (JC-S)
It was early morning on Saturday, 10 December 1932 when a forest-green dress was spotted, hooked in a spiky thicket of lantana in Queens Park.’

In her third true crime book, Ms Bretherton writes about a series of horrific murders that began in Sydney during the 1930s. The first body was found in Queens Park on 10 December 1932. A woman violently murdered in a popular park, and no-one noticed anything. Other women were found murdered: their bodies left in public places. But it was not until the bo
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Alice (Married To Books)
I got this on Audible with a free trial credit!

The Killing Streets is historical true-crime from the suburbs of Sydney, Australia way back in the 1920s when a serial killer was on the loose. When a man gets arrested and charged for the murders, he ends up behind bars yet the killing continues. Was the wrong man jailed or are there two different killers out there? This was a long, however, interesting listen. I liked the narrator and how much research was conducted into this real and deadly cases
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Kimbofo
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tanya Bretherton has made a name for herself in Australia as a writer of historical true crime. I have previously read The Suitcase Baby and have The Suicide Bride in my TBR. The Killing Streets is her latest.

It examines, in painstaking detail, a series of violent murders against women in Sydney in the early 1930s. It took a while for the police to cotton on, but eventually, the cases, in which the women’s bodies were found dumped in public places, were linked together and suddenly the hunt was
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Travis Berketa
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When my four stars show that I really liked it, I mean I like the shedding of light into some of Australia's dark history, back in 1932. As far as what happened and how it was handled - it was atrocious!

Tanya Bretherton researched and shared a little known story (or many little known stories) about the gruesome rape and murders of several women that lived in Sydney suburbs back in 1932. It was a real eye-opener as to the way police investigations worked (or didn't work) at that time. Filled with
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Jay Raams
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Trigger warning this book goses into detail about sexual assaults and murder of woman and children.

Well resurched and I like it when it is a balanced retelling not pushing guilt or condemning people. This book examines how the culture and the condemnation of woman can muddy the waters. Whether you see Craig as a killer or a man miss treated by the police you will find this an interesting look at Australia and the crimes that shaped its culture police force.
Robin
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read.
Annie Milham
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a very interesting page turner into Sydney's murderous 1930's era .....
Loved it
5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Lara Anderson
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating...and depressing. How often tropes of women enabled men to dismiss victims
Andrew
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into Australia (Sydney's) social / crime history ...more
Jayne Shelley
Informative. A little hard to get into at times but it did stick to the facts.
Chloe
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good insight in the early days of criminal investigation of serial killings in Australia.
Nat
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. Despite the blatant sexism and victim blaming, sadly, it doesn't seem like there has been substantial change since then. ...more
Darby
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for something a little different in the true crime realm, I strongly recommend Bretherton's books. She has a unique take on historical true crime, and its not like anything I have ever read. There isn't always a solution, and because it is real life - things aren't always neatly tied up in a bow where the criminal goes to prison and everyone applauds the police, but there is always a deeply personal and compelling story. ...more
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