Australia's Most Murderous Prison

Australia's Most Murderous Prison

by James Phelps


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An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s—seven in just three years—earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of "The Killing Fields." Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering sandstone menace declared they had been given a death sentence. Gang alliances, power plays, contracted hits, the ice trade, the color of your skin—even mistaken identity—any number of things could seal your fate. The worst race war in the history of Australian prisons saw several groups—Aboriginal, Lebanese, Asian, Islander, and Anglo—wage a vicious and uncontrollable battle for power. Every day there were stabbings. Every day there were bashings. And then there was murder. A controversial policy known as "racial clustering" might have put an end to the Killing Fields, but soon something far scarier would arise, something called Supermax . . . Within the stark white walls, clinical halls, and solitary confinement, it is where Australia’s most evil men are locked away. It is home to serial killer Ivan Milat; the "Terror Five," militants who plotted attacks across Sydney in 2005; Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy, and gang rapist Bilal Skaf, to name a few. Murderers, terrorists, serial killers, gangsters, and rapists—soon you will meet them all inside Australia’s most murderous prison.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857987518
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Phelps is an award-winning senior reporter for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph in Sydney. He began as on overnight police rounds reporter before moving into sport, where he became one of Australia's best news-breaking rugby league reporters. James became News Corp Australia's Chief National Motorsports Writer. He is also a senior feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of Dick Johnson: The Autobiography of a True-Blue Aussie Sporting Legend; Australia's Hardest Prison: Inside the Walls of Long Bay Jail; and Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates. James is a twice V8 Supercar media award winner and a former News Awards Young Journalist of the Year and Sport Reporter of the Year.

Table of Contents

1 Welcome to Goulburn 1

2 The Killing Fields 19

3 Apartheid 57

4 Riots 67

5 Supermax 95

6 Terror 131

7 Contraband 153

8 Escape 191

9 Rape and Rapists 211

Select Bibliography 233

Acknowledgements 237

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druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This book was a look into a super max prison. The daily jobs of staff and prisoners was described. It was extremely graphic,violent and racist. Don't think I would read another book like it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.