The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia?

The Cruel City Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia Why is it that Adelaide a beautiful city of churches and lush gardens a place renowned for its support of the arts and culture has become better known as the epicenter of some of Australia s weirde

  • Title: The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia?
  • Author: Stephen Orr
  • ISBN: 9781742375090
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why is it that Adelaide, a beautiful city of churches and lush gardens, a place renowned for its support of the arts and culture, has become better known as the epicenter of some of Australia s weirdest and most brutal crimes One of its denizens seeks the answers in this fascinating investigation Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they take on a legendary statWhy is it that Adelaide, a beautiful city of churches and lush gardens, a place renowned for its support of the arts and culture, has become better known as the epicenter of some of Australia s weirdest and most brutal crimes One of its denizens seeks the answers in this fascinating investigation Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they take on a legendary status, and Adelaide seems to have had than its fair share of them The whole nation remembers the disappearance of the Beaumont children, the ghastly Snowtown murders where the dismembered bodies were found in barrels in a disused bank vault, and the so called Family murders perpetrated by Bevan Spencer van Einem, with its trail of conspiracy theories, rumor, and innuendo, and other crimes just as notorious Award winning novelist and journalist Stephen Orr rounds up the infamous crimes of his native city and looks beyond the myth to the tragic sadness, badness and madness of violent crime and its consequences Why Adelaide Read Cruel City and find out This book was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize and longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin.

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    1. The Cruel City is the story of the city of Adelaide, capital city of the state of South Australia. As an Australian (never having lived in South Australia) I picked this book up because I know of two particularly disturbing crimes in Adelaide - The missing Beaumont kids from the 1960s that have not been found to this day and the Snowtown murders where mutilated bodies were found in barrels of acid in an old bank building.So I wanted to read about these fascinating and macabre events but I really [...]

    2. This is a horrible little book - in the sense that is filled with gut churning descriptions of some of the infamous crime that has occurred in the beautiful city of Adelaide. It's not the sort of book that one can say is "enjoyable". But fascinating it is - and truly horrific. I've only given this book three stars because the author, who is a fiction writer, seems to try too hard, at times, to use sensational rhetoric and conjecture to make his stories intriguing. But when he does this, it makes [...]

    3. This book entertained, horrified, and ultimately… disappointed.As far as a listed summary of the many creepy and horrible murders that have taken place in Adelaide, this book is fine but it left me wanting. The writing is clear and engaging with lots of appropriately terrible details, but real insight is thin with amounts text seeming like aimless conjecture standing as filler. Some of the latter cases looked a lot like they were tacked on to increase page numbers.That said, given this book de [...]

    4. I have been to Adelaide and liked it well enough. When I visited, I was aware of some of the cases covered in this book but not all. I am now startled to realize that I visited and probably stood in the physical spaces where at least two of these horrid events happened. I remember poking fun with some friends who were locals, about their city being kinda creepy and one tour guide pointed out the house where one of the crimes took place, as we drove by. Is Adelaide weirder than any other Australi [...]

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