A stain on the state

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT -

Matthew Con­don’s story “A cold case to an­swer” (Jan 23-24) treads a dark path within the mi­lieu of Queens­land’s crim­i­nal his­tory. The mys­tery sur­round­ing the death of Bar­bara McCulkin and her two young daugh­ters some 42 years ago could be seen as the start­ing point of a dis­turb­ing pe­riod in our state’s crim­i­nal his­tory. If, in some ways, much of the crime from this pe­riod was presided over by a few highly placed, but seem­ingly cor­rupt and “un­touch­able”, po­lice of­fi­cers, it is a fas­ci­nat­ing, dis­turb­ing and as­ton­ish­ing story. Con­don’s tril­ogy of books, Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jok­ers, and last year’s All Fall Down, on Queens­land’s crim­i­nal past will un­doubt­edly be im­por­tant ref­er­ence points for fu­ture his­to­ri­ans. The McCulkin mur­ders are a dark stain on our state’s past and should never, ever be for­got­ten. Paul Hen­der­son, Wyn­num

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