By Mike Richards
JOINT WINNER OF THE 2002 NED KELLY AWARD FOR actual 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 get away from the maximum-security Pentridge felony 13 months earlier than.
The selection of the Victorian govt in December 1966 to continue with Ryan’s demise sentence sparked fast media condemnation and indignant political protests, and placed the Liberal most advantageous, Sir Henry Bolte, less than siege during the case.
State governments round the nation moved to abolish the dying penalty within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, and Ronald Ryan grew to become the final guy to be hanged in Australia. at the present time, decades later, the Ryan case nonetheless activates lively debate concerning the responsible discovering opposed to Ryan, the advantages of capital punishment, and the politics at the back of his execution.
But who used to be Ronald Ryan, and the way did he emerge as the focal point of such dramatic political occasions? Drawing on formerly unpublished records and private money owed — together with information of Ryan’s formative years and his early flip to crime — this booklet unearths the reality approximately Ryan’s guilt. It additionally is going backstage to inform for the 1st time of the life-long affliction of the pass judgement on who mentioned the demise sentence, the internal workings of the key cupboard assembly that determined Ryan’s destiny, and the dramatic political procedure that ended in the rejection of eleventh-hour appeals to save lots of Ryan.
Mike Richards first grew to become considering 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 historical past. during the intensity of its unique examine and the persuasiveness of its insights, Mike Richards’ award-winning biography of Ronald Ryan presents a definitive account of the existence and loss of life of the fellow 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
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The Hanged Man: the life and death of Ronald Ryan by Mike Richards