Murder of a Messenger
It was the crime that shocked Melbourne in 1936. An armed robbery of a teenage government messenger and the brutal murder of his elderly unarmed escort. Three known criminals were accused and tried four times but the prosecution and the police could never positively prove their guilt. The real-life violent Melbourne underworld in the 1930s is portrayed, together with the machinations of some fascinating characters in the legal, political and media worlds.
Robin Grow is a Melbourne historian. Whilst researching Safe as Houses, 2013, he came across the story of a robbery and murder at the Titles Office in 1936. This book is the result of further research. Robin is a retired public servant who researches and writes on topics such as twentieth century architecture and Australian football. In 2010 he produced the award-winning Melbourne Art Deco, re-published in 2014 by Brolga.