The Killing Chronicle: Police, Service and Shattered Lives

Big Sky Publishing
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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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About the author

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 tough Cabramatta patrol, then the centre of heroin trafficking in Australia and the site of Australia’s first political assassination. He was also the commander of Kuring-gai and Newtown local areas and by statutory appointment, the St. George-Sutherland District. He retired at the rank of superintendent.

Leaving school at 15, he worked as a rouseabout in a wool store for two years before joining the police cadet corps.

He holds an Associate Diploma in Justice Administration (Distinction); Post Graduate Diploma in Police Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, USA.

He earned the Peter Mitchell Award in 1987, alas, not for courage, but for performance.

Co-founder and director of an exhibiting fine art gallery between 1983 – 2012, he has served as a full-term trustee and is a patron of the Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawing, which is held in trust for the Australian people.

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Publisher
Big Sky Publishing
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Published on
Sep 15, 2019
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Pages
280
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ISBN
9781922265678
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Law Enforcement
Biography & Autobiography / Military
History / Australia & New Zealand
History / General
History / Military / General
Political Science / Genocide & War Crimes
True Crime / Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions
True Crime / Forensics
True Crime / General
True Crime / Murder / General
True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers
True Crime / Organized Crime
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