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The story of Australia’s only known kidnapping of a child for ransom

When eight-year-old Sydney schoolboy Graeme Thorne was kidnapped on his way to school in July 1960, Australia was gripped with fear and loathing. What monster would dare take financial advantage of the most treasured bond of love – between parent and child? Just weeks earlier, Graeme’s parents had won a fortune in the Opera House Lottery, and this had attracted the attention of the perpetrator, Stephen Bradley.

Bradley was a most unlikely kidnapper, however his greed for the Thorne's windfall saw him cast aside any sympathy for his victim or his victim's family, and drove him to take brazen risks with the life of his young captive.

Barrister and Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC, author of the best selling Eugenia, writes a gripping account of a shocking true crime from the 1960's, still remembered by Australians today.

"Remarkably researched so as to explain one of Australia's most extraordinary criminal cases." Chester Porter QC

"The kidnap, ransom and subsequent killing of schoolboy Graeme Thorne in 1960 was one of the most widely reported and closely followed crimes of twentieth century Australia. Finally Tedeschi brings a senior jurist's insight to the complex police investigation and Bradley's trial for murder." Peter Doyle, Author of City of Shadows and Crooks Like Us

Mark Tedeschi
Published November 2015
320 Pages
234mm x 153mm

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