Jane Smith is a school librarian at Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba, Queensland and an avid ...
Perth, 1899: a respected public servant mistakes a bottle of cyanide for his heart medicine, swallows it and dies. Months later on the other side of the country, a prisoner of Pentridge gaol with the same name as the deceased reads of the inquest with alarm. He writes to the coroner with his suspicions: the supposedly upstanding government accountant was an impostor – an ex-con – who had stolen his identity and deceived people at the highest level.
The claims sent the authorities into a spin; who really was the deceased? Was it possible he was the bushranger known as ‘Captain Starlight’ who, thirty years earlier, had callously murdered a policeman and been sentenced to hang? How had he pulled off the subterfuge and what other secrets remained hidden? As the investigation unfolds, the remarkable life and crimes of Captain Starlight, committed across four states of Australia under countless aliases, are revealed.
Author Jane Smith’s meticulous research reveals the stranger than fiction story of a compulsive liar and serial imposter: a doctor, a stockman and an accountant – and a bushranger, forger, con-man and killer. It is a true story of murder and deceit that reveals new information and presents, for the first time, a theory as to the real identity of the bushranger known as ‘Captain Starlight’.
Ask the Author - Jane Smith tells all on Captain Starlight.
"His life was like the plot of a movie and his death was every bit as extraordinary as his life. My interest was first captured by the bizarre and audacious nature of his crimes. Then when I learned more about him, the mystery of his identity became almost an obsession. I wanted to know who he was and why he behaved as he did."
Book Launch | Jane Smith''s new book 'Captain Starlight'
The Chronicle - Bushranger's history revealed
"It's a great read......"
The Mildura Weekly - August 2015 "Bushrangers in south-west NSW"
"The lower Darling River is as close to the Outback as you can get, quite, serene and peaceful... but it wasn't always that way, as a new book reveals."
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