Ken Blanch Book Signing

Posted on 26 November 2014

On Sunday 7th December 2014 at 10am until 2pm, Ken Blanch will be greeting fans and signing books at Dymocks Carindale.

Ken Blanch, author of "Who Killed Betty Shanks", "The Rampage of Killer Kast" and "Slim Halliday: The Taxi Driver Killer" will be available to talk about and sign any of his crime and murder mystery books.

Ken will be also be available to answer your questions about any of the notorious cases from his books, as well as other famous Brisbane Crime Mysteries!

So come on down to Dymocks Carindale on Sunday 7th December and see Ken Blanch at his book signing.

Venue: Dymocks Carindale
Starting: 10:00 AM
Sunday 7th December 2014
Ending: 2:00 PM
Phone Enquiries: 33447264

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DUPED BY A CON.WOMAN : Gladys Hardgrave (1935)

Posted by Jack Sim on 24 November 2014

On the 24th of February 1935 The Truth Newspaper reported that Gladys Hardgrave was found guilty of astute confidence tricks, after a dramatic legal fight. This short, slim woman with tear brimmed sparkling blue eyes stood weeping as she was sentenced to 37 weeks imprisonment. As she was led to the watch house cells she murmured "to think it has come to this".

At large in Queensland for little over a month, Gladys Hardgrave posed as a gentlewoman, robbing businesses in Brisbane, Caboolture and Southport of more than £123 (roughly $10,670). She was revealed to be a clever swindler, tricking over 7 stores, banks and business people, purchasing shoes, hotel rooms, clothing, handing them boomerang cheques and simply walking away with goods and money. Dud cheques fell like autumn leaves.

The C.I.B. Branch started their investigation, Detective acting Sergeant "Nobby" Clark, Detective Currey and Purcel were assigned to the task of catching this fraud.  They found her in one of the leading hotels in Sandgate, posing as a wealthy widow, with a trained nurse to attend to her 17 month old daughter.

When arrested, Gladys was wild and uncaring, but after hours in court she began to weep with her head bowed. She told detectives her crimes were committed in order to live well and look after her baby.
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Did Ellen Thomson kill her husband, or was she unfairly executed?

Posted by Jack Sim on 19 November 2014
At 8 o’clock on Monday morning, 13 June 1887, Ellen Thomson was hanged at Her Majesty’s Brisbane Gaol for the murder of her husband. She is the only woman to be executed under Queensland law and on the gallows of Boggo Road Gaol.

But did she receive a fair trial, and did she deserve the ultimate punishment? Author Vashti Farrer’s latest book reveals a tropical Queensland alive with goldrush excitement, and the hard lives of pioneering communities in Port Douglas, from English immigrants to Chinese settlers, all looking to make a better life. Into this world stepped a young widow, Ellen Thomson, who married an older farmer, Billy Thomson.

?After many years of working the farm on the Mossman River together, on the night of 22 October 1886, Billy Thomson was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. What happened?

VASHTI FARRER was fascinated by the story of Ellen Thomson after stumbling upon her story in the museum at Port Douglas. Initially Vashti wanted to write a novel, weaving the perspectives of Ellen, her lover and her husband, but instead has created a wonderful work of non-fiction set in the historical and social context of the times.Beyond a reasonable doubt outlines events of that fateful night, the subsequent trial and executions and gives a fascinating insight into life at the time. It also raises the question, was Ellen Thomson guilty beyond reasonable doubt?

Jack Sim will be speaking with Vashti on 4BC True Crimes November 20th at 9.35pm.

You can purchase 
Beyond a reasonable doubt  at the Boggo Road Gaol shop. Join Ghost Tours Pty Ltd on a ghost tour within the walls of Boggo Road Gaol and hear the story of Ellen Thomson.

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SBS Documentary "The End Of The Road"

Posted by Jack Sim on 12 November 2014
Boggo Road Gaol Pty presents "The end of the Road" produced Andy Parke - the story of the rooftop protests and riots in 1988 in which 5 desperate prisoners managed to cause the closure of Boggo Road Gaol.

The men's demands to close No.2 Division (today the only remaining portion) forced the Queensland government to hold an inquiry into the entire prison system.

This documentary captures the tension and intense national interest at the time and includes interviews with some of the key players including former Premier Russell Cooper and hunger striker Mark Flewell-Smith.

This documentary will air tomorrow (Thursday 12th November) night at 7.30pm EST on The Feed on SBS2. There are some repeats, please check local guides for details.

After it airs, it will be online here for you to veiw:
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Jack Sim Guest Speaking at Carindale Library

Posted on 12 November 2014

On Thursday 20th November 2014, from 6pm to 7pm Jack Sim will be delivering a talk on bloody Brisbane crime and murder over the last 40 years at Carindale Library!

Come and have a listen to Jack Sim as he uncovers the fascinating and surprising history of Brisbane true crimes and murders over the last 40 years. Afterwards, why not have a chat with Jack about any of his books or his stories on Brisbane crime and murder? Jack will also be available to personally sign any of his Brisbane crime and ghost trails books too.

Venue: Carindale Library
Starting: 6:00 PM
Thursday 20th November 2014
Ending: 7:00 PM

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