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The Killing Chronicle

Police, Service and Shattered Lives

Authors: Alan Leek
(3 customer reviews)
09/Sep/2019
Police Service
280
Paperback
C Format
9781922265487
$29.99

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GRIPPING TRUE STORIES OF POLICE BRAVERY AND COURAGE IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, AND THE SHOCKING AND TRAGIC CRIMES THAT ENDED THEIR LIVES … 

Early 20th century criminals were at their worst and their excesses created havoc. The times were hard and made even more difficult with the beginning of WWII, when hand-guns, explosives and ‘Tommie’ guns became easy currency and were used with malice and astounding recklessness.

Alan Leek, an awarded police veteran, recounts incredible true stories from this period through the lens of a man who has personally experienced and witnessed the life-changing impacts of service. He pays tribute to the ethos and courage of police and their contribution during a period when police response were not directed by psychological or sociological methodologies but by brawn and bravery.

This compilation of stories includes the callous Anzac Day anniversary shooting of a constable, the murder of a decorated country constable that ended with the posthumous award of the George Cross, the cowardly stabbing death of a constable who had survived Africa, Greece, Ceylon and New Guinea, accounts of front line country police mercilessly cut down and other stories of goal break outs, gun fights and carnage.

Some of the crimes dealt with here are horrific and tragic. They are not easy to take in, even today, but they need to be told to set the record straight and ensure that the victims are remembered beyond their names being chiselled into stone.

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Alan Leek

Alan Leek

Alan Leek is a 34 year veteran of the NSW Police, having served as a detective in Sydney,  its suburbs, and the surrounding Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains areas before becoming  officer-in-charge of Blacktown-Mt.Druitt detectives.  Promoted to commissioned rank, he held the position of staff officer-intelligence in the Blacktown District before taking up command of the […]

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3 reviews for The Killing Chronicle

  1. I enjoyed the book immensely, although at times it was moving, but it has been told by a man who has personally experienced and witnessed the life-changing impacts of service. Reg Watson

  2. This book pays tribute to the courage and contribution of police officers.

  3. We are often exposed to the hoodlum era of America, but jeepers, Australia was not far behind.
    The book deals with safebreakers, black-marketeers, thugs, murderers, and bank robbers – in fact, the whole caboodle of criminal activity. The book in many ways is rather sad for the death of a policeman, who was often enough a pillar of society and young in age, left a family behind when in times the benefits for the family were not as they could have been. In fact the book exposes the improper treatment given to several families by those police who were in a position of authority. It was very selected. Review Hobart Legacy Inc Bulletin

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