AN OBSESSION WITH BLOOD: The Betty Shanks Murder
Locals become obsessed with Blood...
During the research of WHO KILLED BETTY SHANKS? numerous people contacted Ken Blanch and Jack Sim to report relatives, friends and local people who they claimed were wearing, in the possession of, or were observed destroying bloodstained garments – most commonly shirts.
For reasons which remain obscure, Brisbanites have been obsessed with linking their relatives to the Shanks murder. Also strange has been the number of individuals who seem to have delighted in claiming that bloodstains on their clothing were from their involvement in the murder of Miss Shanks. As well as those possessing bloodstained garments, literally dozens of people claimed to have possessed letters detailing confessions from members of their family, estranged husbands and jilted lovers. What is truly bizarre is that most of these people who claim to have possessed such documents chose instead to burn, tear-up or destroy material which could have helped police solve this dreadful crime.
The murder of Betty Shanks was the crime which turned Brisbane into a big city, where violent crime was "normal".
One of the three oldest cold cases under investigation in Australia, and Brisbane’s greatest unsolved murder-mystery, the brutal killing of Betty in 1952 has baffled generations of detectives and locals alike.
Ken Blanch is appearing at several bookstores over the next few weeks to sign his book:
Dymocks Carindale Thursday 20/09/2012 4pm - 9pm
Angus & Robertson - Brookside Saturday 22/09/2012 10am-12.30pm
Dymocks Chermside Saturday 22/09/2012 1.00pm - 4pm
Angus & Robertson - Ipswich Saturday 29/9/2012 11.00am - 2.30pm
A Lot of Books - Ipswich Thursday 4/10/2012 11.00am - 1.00pm
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