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Bainbridge, Scott, 1969-

Shot in the dark : unsolved New Zealand murders from the 1920s and '30s / Scott Bainbridge. - Auckland, N.Z. : Allen and Unwin, 2010. - 292 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references. Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-290). Includes bibliographical references ([287]-292).

The murder of Constable Dorgan -- The Arch Hill mystery -- The Aramaho murder -- The tragic tale of Gwen Scarff -- The death of Elsie Walker -- Serial killer? -- The small town with big secrets -- The Riccarton Racecourse Hotel murder -- An unusual arrangement. Includes bibliographical references.

Ten of the most intriguing unsolved New Zealand murders from the Jazz age are reopened and reinvestigated, using modern techniques. A Christchurch publican shot in a crowded pub, an Indian fruiterer beaten to death in Hawera and a trail of destruction left across Waikato and the Bay of Plenty by a mass murderer - these are just some of the fascinating unsolved murders profiled in this book. While the ten cases profiled may sound like very modern crimes, they were all committed in the years between the First and Second World Wars. Scott Bainbridge reopens each case by examining the victims' lives, the events leading up to the crimes, the original police investigations and the conclusions reached by police at the time. He then applies modern investigative techniques to the cases sometimes coming to startling conclusions.

9781877505027 (pbk.)


Murder--Investigation--New Zealand.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation)--New Zealand.
Murder--New Zealand.
Murder--Investigation--New Zealand.
Murder--New Zealand--Case studies.
Homicide investigation--New Zealand--Case studies.

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