The Hanged Man: the life and death of Ronald Ryan by Mike Richards

By Mike Richards



Ronald Joseph Ryan was once hanged in Melbourne on three February 1967, following his conviction for the capturing homicide of a jail warder in the course of a bold get away from the maximum-security Pentridge felony 13 months earlier than.

The selection of the Victorian govt in December 1966 to continue with Ryan’s demise sentence sparked rapid media condemnation and indignant political protests, and placed the Liberal most well known, Sir Henry Bolte, lower than siege at some point of the case.

State governments round the nation moved to abolish the loss of life penalty within the Seventies and Eighties, and Ronald Ryan turned the final guy to be hanged in Australia. at the present time, a long time later, the Ryan case nonetheless activates lively debate in regards to the to blame discovering opposed to Ryan, the benefits of capital punishment, and the politics in the back of his execution.

But who was once Ronald Ryan, and the way did he grow to be the point of interest of such dramatic political occasions? Drawing on formerly unpublished records and private bills — together with info of Ryan’s early life and his early flip to crime — this booklet finds the reality approximately Ryan’s guilt. It additionally is going backstage to inform for the 1st time of the life-long discomfort of the pass judgement on who suggested the dying sentence, the interior workings of the key cupboard assembly that determined Ryan’s destiny, and the dramatic political method that ended in the rejection of eleventh-hour appeals to avoid wasting Ryan.

Mike Richards first turned taken with the case because the chief of scholar protests opposed to Ryan’s execution. Now he has written a masterly, compelling account that retrieves the person and the drama on the centre of the main divisive capital case in Australia’s background. throughout the intensity of its unique examine and the persuasiveness of its insights, Mike Richards’ award-winning biography of Ronald Ryan offers a definitive account of the existence and dying of the fellow whose execution stopped a nation.


‘Richards has introduced us the definitive account: cool, completely researched and reasonable, meticulously fair.’ The Bulletin

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