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The Resource Certain Admissions

Certain Admissions

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Certain Admissions
Title
Certain Admissions
Statement of responsibility
Gideon Haigh
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Certain Admissions?is Australian true crime at its best, and stranger than any crime fiction.? It is real-life police procedural, courtroom drama, family saga, investigative journalism, social history, archival treasure hunt - a meditation, too, on how the past shapes the present, and the present the past. On a warm evening in December 1949, two young people met by chance under the clocks at Flinders Street railway station. They decided to have a night on the town. The next morning, one of them, twenty-year-old typist Beth Williams, was found dead on Albert Park Beach. When police arrested the other, Australia was transfixed: twenty-four-year-old John Bryan Kerr was a son of the establishment, a suave and handsome commercial radio star educated at Scotch College, and Harold Holt's next-door neighbour in Toorak. Police said he had confessed.? Kerr denied it steadfastly.? There were three dramatic trials attended by enormous crowds, a relentless public campaign proclaiming his innocence involving the first editorials against capital punishment in Australia.? For more than a decade Kerr was a Pentridge celebrity, a poster boy for rehabilitation - a fame that burdened him the rest of his life.? Then, shortly after his death, another man confessed to having murdered Williams.? But could he be believed? 'A work of true detection that not only compels belief in its every detail but has the breathtaking suspense of that very weird and rare for of crime writing that has the truth of a work of art.' ?Weekend Australian 'Haigh's work is a mesmerising detective?story itself . . .?[it] finds a new twist in the archives.' The?Saturday Paper 'A beautifully?written, tirelessly?researched and?ultimately very compelling and?true story . . .?Fascinating and tragic.' ?Herald Sun 'The trial of John Bryan Kerr was the first murder trial that I read about in detail, as a boy of eleven. I longed, even then, to know the whole story. ? Gideon Haigh's book has made the wait worthwhile.' ?Gerald Murnane 'In carefully and curiously lifting from the shadow the story of a lost girl and a troubled man, Haigh explores a writer's true territory: the space between what is, and what might be.' ?Sonya Hartnett 'Gideon Haigh understands the real tragedy of murder - it is never really solved.'??P. M. Newton
Summary
On a warm evening in December 1949, two young people met by chance under the clocks at Melbourne's Flinders Street railway station and decided upon a spontaneous night on the town. The next morning, one of them, twenty-year-old typist Beth Williams, was found dead on Middle Park beach. When police arrested the other, Australians were transfixed: twenty-four year-old John Bryan Kerr was a son of the establishment - a suave and handsome commercial radio star educated at Scotch College. Kerr always maintained his innocence and became a Pentridge celebrity and poster boy for rehabilitation. More than fifty years after the event another man confessed on his deathbed to the crime, and two other unsolved murders, outing himself as an untried serial killer. But could he be believed?
Tone
Writing style
Award
Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime, 2016
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10446870
Cataloging source
ANL
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Haigh, Gideon
Dewey number
364.1523099451
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • True Crime
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a beach, a body and a lifetime of secrets
Label
Certain Admissions
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:575ac4bd-a87c-4068-812b-f7c701375613
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743485958
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Certain Admissions
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:575ac4bd-a87c-4068-812b-f7c701375613
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743485958
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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