JOINT WINNER OF THE 2002 NED KELLY AWARD FOR precise CRIME NON-FICTION
COMMENDED FOR THE 2003 nationwide BIOGRAPHY AWARD
Ronald Joseph Ryan used to be hanged in Melbourne on three February 1967, following his conviction for the taking pictures homicide of a jail warder in the course of a bold break out from the maximum-security Pentridge felony 13 months sooner than.
The selection of the Victorian govt in December 1966 to continue with Ryan’s demise sentence sparked speedy media condemnation and offended political protests, and placed the Liberal optimum, Sir Henry Bolte, below siege at some stage in the case.
State governments round the nation moved to abolish the dying penalty within the Seventies and Eighties, and Ronald Ryan turned the final guy to be hanged in Australia. this present day, a long time later, the Ryan case nonetheless activates lively debate in regards to the responsible discovering opposed to Ryan, the advantages of capital punishment, and the politics in the back of his execution.
But who used to be Ronald Ryan, and the way did he grow to be the focal point of such dramatic political occasions? Drawing on formerly unpublished records and private bills — together with info of Ryan’s formative years and his early flip to crime — this ebook finds the reality approximately Ryan’s guilt. It additionally is going backstage to inform for the 1st time of the life-long soreness of the pass judgement on who mentioned the loss of life sentence, the interior workings of the key cupboard assembly that made up our minds Ryan’s destiny, and the dramatic political approach that led to the rejection of eleventh-hour appeals to avoid wasting Ryan.
Mike Richards first turned concerned about the case because the chief of scholar protests opposed to Ryan’s execution. Now he has written a masterly, compelling account that retrieves the person and the drama on the centre of the main divisive capital case in Australia’s heritage. in the course of the intensity of its unique learn and the persuasiveness of its insights, Mike Richards’ award-winning biography of Ronald Ryan offers a definitive account of the lifestyles and loss of life of the guy whose execution stopped a nation.
PRAISE FOR MIKE RICHARDS
‘Richards has introduced us the definitive account: cool, completely researched and reasonable, meticulously fair.’ The Bulletin